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There are more than forty newspapers published in the cities of Kerala, a state on the Malabar Coast, which reflects the fact that Keralans are by far India’s most literate citizens.
(A) which reflects
(B) and that number reflects
(C) which reflect
(D) that number reflects
(E) that reflects
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New post 29 Dec 2008, 13:16
vivektripathi wrote:
There are more than forty newspapers published in the cities of Kerala, a state on the Malabar Coast, which reflects the fact that Keralans are by far India’s most literate citizens.
(A) which reflects
(B) and that number reflects
(C) which reflect
(D) that number reflects
(E) that reflects


A & C out for incorrect use of which

D & E out as both do not form a sentence without the dependent clause

Hence B
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New post 29 Dec 2008, 20:22
"and" is required else the sentence becomes run-on sentence.

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New post 30 Dec 2008, 00:32
Another B.

What does "which" refer to in the original sentence? Hence, options with "which" are out. Moreover, the second part of the sentence is not a dependent clause and hence a conjunction is required. Option B provides this.
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New post 30 Dec 2008, 01:54
vivektripathi wrote:
There are more than forty newspapers published in the cities of Kerala, a state on the Malabar Coast, which reflects the fact that Keralans are by far India’s most literate citizens.
(A) which reflects
(B) and that number reflects
(C) which reflect
(D) that number reflects
(E) that reflects


A C and E are ambiguous. They don't clearly tell us whether they are referring to the Coast or the number, thus, cross them out.

B and D left

That can not be used with comma ","

SO, B is my choice, "and" is necessary to maintain the structure and the meaning of the sentence. :)
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