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# V32-06

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George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything.

A. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
B. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
C. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
D. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, was easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
E. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and was not linked to anything

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26 Apr 2018, 01:36
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George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything.

A. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
B. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
C. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
D. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, was easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
E. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and was not linked to anything

Let's review our answer options. The answers are split on how the dependent clause should be worded-should the sentence use whose or which? The answer choices are also divided around different ways of wording the three characteristics of the company name.

Let's start with the whose/which issue. "Which" is a relative pronoun used to create non-essential relative clauses, and it used with entities and objects. Relative clauses should almost always "touch" the item they are modifying. "Which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person" is correctly modifying the Eastman Kodak Company. However, it is a wordy, awkward clause. "Which made the first camera that made photography" does not practice concision. Is there a better option? At first glance, "whose" might seem wrong because we know "whose" comes from "who," which is used only with people. However, "whose" is the only relative possessive pronoun in English, so it can be used with people, animals, groups, entities, and inanimate objects. "Whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person" is modifying the Eastman Kodak Company, which is a correct usage. This clause is much more concise than the "which" clause while still providing the same information. Options B and E cannot be the best answers.

To make our sentence a little easier to read, let's temporarily remove the non-essential clauses: "founder of the Eastman Kodak Company" and "whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person."

Now, our sentence reads "George Eastman wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything."

The three characteristics of the company name are listed in a series, so parallel structure will be important. Each item in the series should be able to stand alone. Let's look at the three items used in Option A. They are "short," "with easy pronunciation," and "not linked to anything."

George Eastman wanted a company name that was short. (This makes sense.)

George Eastman wanted a company name that was with easy pronunciation. (This does not make sense.) George Eastman wanted a company name that was not linked to anything. (This makes sense.)

The item "with easy pronunciation" is not parallel with the other two items in the series because it cannot be combined with the verb "was". Any option that uses this wording cannot be correct. Options A and B are not the best answers.

All the items in the series need to work with the verb "was." The rest of the answer choices use "easy to pronounce." George Eastman wanted a company name that was easy to pronounce. That makes sense. Since the verb "was" works with each item in the series, it only needs to be used once before the first item. However, it is not wrong (just less concise) to use it before every item in the list. If "was" is used more than once in the series, it must be used before every item in the series to maintain parallel structure. Options D and E use "was" before two items in the series, but not all three. This is not correct parallel structure, so these two choices cannot be the best answer.

We have successfully eliminated four answer choices. Option C is the best answer.

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02 Aug 2018, 00:38
Hello,

I have two questions:

1. If 'short, easy to pronounce and not linked to anything' is a parallel list, why has a comma been inserted before 'and'?
2. Doesn't the use of comma+and make the last bit 'not linked to anything' an independent clause, thus warranting the need to repeat 'was' before the phrase?

Thanks a ton for your help!
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05 Dec 2018, 11:28
souvik101990 wrote:
George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak Company, whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything.

A. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
B. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, with easy pronunciation, and not linked to anything
C. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
D. whose first camera made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, was easy to pronounce, and not linked to anything
E. which made the first camera that made photography accessible to the average person, wanted a company name that was short, easy to pronounce, and was not linked to anything

Hi Experts,

I am not able to get the hold of this question. to me Option D looks perfectly fine, and I dont find just consicion as a reason to neglect option E. which seems better than whose, as the camera will be of company not of a person.
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