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Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book, that made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.

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the "usage" of which becomes wrong cause it is a non essential modifier but in this case usage of "that" seems more apt.

Can someone please explain?


The way you can decide whether to use That or Which is by checking whether the sentence makes sense even after removing the modifier.

Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book, that/which made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.
If we remove the modifier then the sentence becomes :
Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book.

This sentence is complete even without the modifier and the modifier is just giving more information about the book. Hence it is a non essential modifier and should use relative pronoun which.

If this sentence is rephrased as : Tim Ferris' book that/which made it to the New York Times Best Seller List, is an eye-opening book.
Now in this case the modifier in red is an essential modifier because if you were to remove it then the sentence would make no sense.
Tim Ferris' book is an eye-opening book.
Which book are we referring to in this sentence ? Tim Ferris may have written a lot of books, hence the modifier is essential here to specify which book we are referring to in this sentence.
Tim Ferris' book that made it to the New York Times Best Seller List, is an eye-opening book.
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Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book < modifier >, that made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.

After comma we use which , also which refers to 'The 4-Hour Workweek' .. hence D
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The usage of which is correct here as it is used in a non-restictive way in the sentence.

Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book, that made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.
If we use that then the sentence would suggest that Tim ferris wrote multiple workweeks but the one that won the award
was the 4-hour workweek. This does not make sense at all because Tim Ferris wrote only one 4 hour workweek from what we understand in the sentence.
Now consider the sentence with which.
Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, an eye-opening book, which made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.
This is indeed the correct usage here as which makes the clause non-essential in this case. Even if we remove the last clause - which made .... Best seller list , the meaning stays as it is.


For more on the usage of that vs which read the following posts.
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/that-vs-which/
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/that-vs-which-on-the-gmat/

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the "usage" of which becomes wrong cause it is a non essential modifier but in this case usage of "that" seems more apt.

Can someone please explain?


For multiple reasons:

1. Essential modifiers are not separated by comma. Since the comma is not underlined, "that" can't be used here.

2. "Which" does not necessarily modify the preceding noun (just before comma). It has a luxury of modifying the far nouns also (depending on the meaning of sentence). In this sentence, author intends to say that "Tim wrote a book. The book made it to the best sellers". If the phrase "an eye opening book" is removed, the meaning of sentence doesn't change, and therefore it becomes a non-essesntial information (just to distract the test taker - GMAT test makers favourite trick). If you read the sentence:

Tim Ferris wrote The 4-Hour Workweek, that made it to the New York Times Best Seller List.

You can easily figure out that "that" should have been a "which" here. Certainly, GMAT makers wouldn't make it too easy :)

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This is One of the Gmat favorite pattern "That Vs Which"

", Which" - Non essential part - Drop it and still you will be able to find subject uniquely
" (No comma) that " Essential - Drop it and you will not be able to find subject uniquely
To know more on this, please refer the link below.
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/that-vs-which-on-the-gmat/

Magoosh has explained it in detail in above blog.


Book has it own identification, Hence NYT list is not essential. More over ", " in no underlined part can guide us whether the next part should be essential or non essential.

Option D is correct.
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Comma + That is not mostly preferred on GMAT.

https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sen ... -questions
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Is the usage of 'it' right in the sentence?


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Comma + That is not mostly preferred on GMAT.

https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sen ... -questions
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Is the usage of 'it' right in the sentence?


shyind wrote:
Comma + That is not mostly preferred on GMAT.

https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sen ... -questions


IMHO it is ok !!

An eye opening book refers to the 4-Hour Workweek

It refers to The book ( ie, the 4-Hour Workweek )

I find that the pronoun has been used correctly here ( having a clear atecedent )

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