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The world's most commonly cultivated tetraploid potato species is sola

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The world's most commonly cultivated tetraploid potato species is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum subspecies.

A. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum
B. are solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and tuberosum
C. is solanum tuberosum, from which is derived both the andigena and tuberosum
D. are solanum tuberosum, and derived from it both tuberosum and andigena
E. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive the tuberosum as well as the andigena

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Originally posted by reto on 08 Jul 2015, 11:02.
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Can someone explain why C is wrong? I thought 'from which derive' is awkward.
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Can someone explain why C is wrong? I thought 'from which derive' is awkward.


In C the singular verb "is" does not agree with the plural subject "andigena AND tuberosum"
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The world's most commonly cultivated tetraploid potato species is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum subspecies.

A. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum
B. are solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and tuberosum
C. is solanum tuberosum, from which is derived both the andigena and tuberosum
D. are solanum tuberosum, and derived from it both tuberosum and andigena
E. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive the tuberosum as well as the andigena


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A. This answer choice correctly matches the singular verb is with the singular subject species and matches the plural verb derive with the plural subject the andigena and tuberosum subspecies.
B. This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The plural verb are does not agree with the singular subject species.
C. This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The singular verb is does not agree with the plural subject the andigena and tuberosum subspecies.
D. This answer choice is grammatically incorrect. The plural verb are does not agree with the singular subject species.
E. The correct idiom is "both A and B"
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Why is the subject-verb inversion allowed in the second sentence?
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Thanks for the OE. I have not come across this usage of the "derive", and that is why I got confused. Could you please clarify with some more examples or refer me to a text where i could read more.
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Thanks for the OE. I have not come across this usage of the "derive", and that is why I got confused. Could you please clarify with some more examples or refer me to a text where i could read more.


IMO "derive" is just a normal verb in this sentence in the present sipmle form. Why is it destracting you?

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reto wrote:
The world's most commonly cultivated tetraploid potato species is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum subspecies.

A. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum
B. are solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and tuberosum
C. is solanum tuberosum, from which is derived both the andigena and tuberosum
D. are solanum tuberosum, and derived from it both tuberosum and andigena
E. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive the tuberosum as well as the andigena


Hi Reto
Brilliant question!
from "which"......Here, which obvious refers to solanum tuberosum.

Please consider the following question from GMATPrep Question Pack 1:

Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which the outline of the planet becomes visible in stark relief.

How do we know whether "which" does not refer to Venus? Is it only due to the presence of "during"?

Your help is appreciated! Thanks!
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reto wrote:
The world's most commonly cultivated tetraploid potato species is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum subspecies.

A. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and the tuberosum
B. are solanum tuberosum, from which derive both the andigena and tuberosum
C. is solanum tuberosum, from which is derived both the andigena and tuberosum
D. are solanum tuberosum, and derived from it both tuberosum and andigena
E. is solanum tuberosum, from which derive the tuberosum as well as the andigena


Hi Reto
Brilliant question!
from "which"......Here, which obvious refers to solanum tuberosum.

Please consider the following question from GMATPrep Question Pack 1:

Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which the outline of the planet becomes visible in stark relief.

How do we know whether "which" does not refer to Venus? Is it only due to the presence of "during"?

Your help is appreciated! Thanks!


I try to help. I believe this is about vital and non-vital modifiers. I found an explanation for you here, which explains the exceptions to the modifier touch rule.

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers- ... orrection/

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pavankarwa123 wrote:
Hi Reto
Brilliant question!
from "which"......Here, which obvious refers to solanum tuberosum.

Please consider the following question from GMATPrep Question Pack 1:

Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which the outline of the planet becomes visible in stark relief.

How do we know whether "which" does not refer to Venus? Is it only due to the presence of "during"?

Your help is appreciated! Thanks!


I try to help. I believe this is about vital and non-vital modifiers. I found an explanation for you here, which explains the exceptions to the modifier touch rule.

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers- ... orrection/

Does it help?

Very good explanation.
Roughly twice each century the planet Venus passes between the Earth and the Sun, an occasion known as a transit of Venus, during which the outline of the planet becomes visible in stark relief.
so the "occasion" has a vital modifier "known as a transit of venus" and the same "occasion" is also modified by a non-vital modifier "which"

According to the rule stated, the vital modifier has a preference over non-vital modifier and can come in between the noun and the non-vital modifier.
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Here is a GMATPREP question, from which this question was simulated by the original source perhaps ; in the GMATPREP problem, the correct answer is “C”, which uses the inverse form of the sentence and a plural verb ‘derive’ to denote the northern and southern Indian alphabets

The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern India alphabets.

A the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and
B the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the
C with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the
D with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and
E with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and
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