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# Two distinct manuscript traditions preserve nineteen

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Two distinct manuscript traditions preserve nineteen plays of the Athenian tragedian Euripides, which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined.

which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined
surpassing the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined
which surpasses the number of plays extant from a combination of both Aeschylus and Sophocles
surpassing the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles being extant
which surpasses the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles being extant

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the pronoun which has no real antecedent. An argument might be made for plays, but it's really the number of plays, which should be the antecedent. If it is plays, the singular verb surpasses is incorrect. Proper usage requires a participle, surpassing, rather than the relative pronoun which. Eliminate (A), (C) and (E). Choice (D)'s plays...being extant is both wordy and unidiomatic—extant plays is correct. Therefore choice (B) is the correct answer.
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04 Feb 2014, 08:05
goodyear2013 wrote:
Two distinct manuscript traditions preserve nineteen plays of the Athenian tragedian Euripides, which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined.

which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined
surpassing the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined
which surpasses the number of plays extant from a combination of both Aeschylus and Sophocles
surpassing the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles being extant
which surpasses the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles being extant

Hi,

Atecedent for which is nearest to it. Which is here the Athenian Tragedian Euripides. that is not correct.we are talking about nineteen plays here.
So 1,3,5 are wrong as these sentenses have which.
In 4th one it has combined with both so repetition of words. Also it has being( Not preferred on GMAT).

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04 Feb 2014, 08:13
Two distinct manuscript traditions preserve nineteen plays of the Athenian tragedian Euripides, which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined.

which surpasses the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined.....which...defines what?
surpassing the number of extant plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles combined...correct
which surpasses the number of plays extant from a combination of both Aeschylus and Sophocles
surpassing the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophoclesbeing extant
which surpasses the combined number of plays of both Aeschylus and Sophocles being extant

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