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# Veritas Prep 10 Year Anniversary Promo Question #4

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18 Sep 2012, 17:45
The answer is ( C )

(A) to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono’s back injury. “His hands” should be “their hands”
(B) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono and his back injury. The author indicates that Bono’s injury is the reason,not Bono.
(C) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months because of front man Bono’s back injury.
(D) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono and his back injury. “His hands” should be “their hands” and The author indicates that Bono’s injury is the reason,not Bono.
(E) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed because of front man Bono and his back injury. “His hands” should be “their hands”and The author indicates that Bono’s injury is the reason,not Bono. Furthermore, this option lacks “by several months” so it does not fully convey the author’s intention.
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18 Sep 2012, 19:00
'A' is definitely not the right answer because I have trouble with the phase "to get his hands" and "due to front man Bono’s back injury". The "his" got ot be "their" because of the phrase "one of the few people who...". The tour got delayed because of Bono's back injury not because of Bono and his back injury. That looks like there are two separate reason when actually it is only one.

'B' is partly correct because of the "their" clause, but still has the "due to front man Bono’s back injury" clause. so not the right one.

'C' looks perfect, possibly the right answer.

'D' & 'E' not really because of the "his" clause.

So the right answer is "C"
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18 Sep 2012, 21:22
IMHO, one more vote for A,since " to get his hands " is ok
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19 Sep 2012, 02:45
John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.

(A) to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono’s back injury.
(B) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono and his back injury.--- Their can't refer to John, his in the end is refering to Bono or John not clear. Wrong
(C) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months because of front man Bono’s back injury. Their is not correct.Wrong
(D) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono and his back injury. Who is redundant, his is not clear referent. Wrong
(E) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed because of front man Bono and his back injury. Who is redundant, his is not having clear referent.Wrong

A is correct.
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19 Sep 2012, 06:16
The intent : The match was delayed ......... WHY ?..... Reason --- Brono's injury ( the match was not delayed for Brono per se )

Thus B / D / E : Eliminated ( states : the delay was for Brono & his injury )

Left with A n C :

The intent : 1. Few people could lay THEIR hands on the ticket

2. John was one of the lucky few.

Now if I try to logically BIND 1&2 : C wins

C : John was one of the few people......( now something about these people , what's so special about them? They could manage to lay THEIR hands on the ticket........the foll part aptly binds/refers back to this sp group by the usage of THEIR ) ................to lay THEIR hands on the ticket.

Thus THEIR outweighs HIS , leading to C ,my take.

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19 Sep 2012, 07:26
one of the.....that/who always takes a plural number.

that eliminates A, D and E.

using split technique we find that B is verbose and awkward "due to the front man....AND his ......" alters the meaning of the sentence. So C hands down.
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OA: C

Explanation:

Note first the decision between “his hands” and “their hands”. This is a pronoun decision, but one that requires some logical reasoning. Did these people all get John’s hands on tickets? Logically, that makes no sense - so they must have gotten their own hands on the tickets, leading to choice B or choice C. Then the difference comes down to “front man Bono AND his back injury” or “front man Bono’s back injury”. Notice the flaw in B - Bono and his back injury are not two separate reasons for the tour’s delay. It’s one event - Bono’s back injury. Again, logic prevails and the correct answer is C.
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19 Sep 2012, 08:31
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19 Sep 2012, 09:55
It seems there was a lot of confusion regarding the singular-plural error.

Here is an explanation:

There is only one rule: Identify the subject for the verb in question.

e.g.
- Only one of the managers is working on that project.
'is' here refers to the one who is working on that project.

- He is one of the managers who are working on that project.
There are some managers who are working on that project. He is one of them.

- One of the managers who are working on that project is my boss.
Notice that 'one' corresponds to 'is' and 'managers' corresponds to 'are working'

I hope we all agree with these examples.

Now think - is the given sentence similar to one of these 3 examples? Yes, it is similar to the second example.
John is one of the few people to get their hands on ... (the people got their hands on something)
He is one of the managers who are working on that project. (the managers are working on that project)
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Veritas Prep 10 Year Anniversary Promo Question #4

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John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.

(A) to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono’s back injury.
(B) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono and his back injury.
(C) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months because of front man Bono’s back injury.
(D) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono and his back injury.
(E) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed because of front man Bono and his back injury.

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OA: C. Note first the decision between “his hands” and “their hands”. This is a pronoun decision, but one that requires some logical reasoning. Did these people all get John’s hands on tickets? Logically, that makes no sense - so they must have gotten their own hands on the tickets, leading to choice B or choice C. Then the difference comes down to “front man Bono AND his back injury” or “front man Bono’s back injury”. Notice the flaw in B - Bono and his back injury are not two separate reasons for the tour’s delay. It’s one event - Bono’s back injury. Again, logic prevails and the correct answer is C.

Two things here. First, due to is terrible. I’d rather use because of. Now, there is correct here because we are referring to all the people that got tickets.And of course, the show was delayed because of Bono's back injury not by Bono and his back injury sepearetely which doesn't make any sense to me. So actually, there were three things not two.

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Hi guys,
I have a question about "John was one of the few people to get "

Isn't "to" a bit strange as we are trying to describe group of people?
Should the sentence be "John was one of the few people who ..."
I couldn't agree more for the rest of the explanation that the correct version should be option C,for this option correctly use " their" and "because of"
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John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.

My analysis of the question.

Clause 1: John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2's North American tour
Subject is John and not few people because few people are part of the prepositional phrase (of the......)
Verb is was
This is correct as one clause and one subject verb pair.

Clause 2: a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.
The subject is tour and that correctly refers to tour here and further explains about it.
The verb is was.

The sentence is correct and thus answer should be A.

Can anyone please explain why C makes sense and how few people is the subject despite being part of the prepositional phrase?

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John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.

My analysis of the question.

Clause 1: John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2's North American tour
Subject is John and not few people because few people are part of the prepositional phrase (of the......)
Verb is was
This is correct as one clause and one subject verb pair.

Clause 2: a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.
The subject is tour and that correctly refers to tour here and further explains about it.
The verb is was.

The sentence is correct and thus answer should be A.

Can anyone please explain why C makes sense and how few people is the subject despite being part of the prepositional phrase?

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Option C (Correct):
"Few people" is not the subject, but the object of the sentence. The construction is as follows:
Main verb: "was"
Subject: "John"
Object: "few people"

The modifier "to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour" refers to "few people".

Finally, there is an absolute phrase ("a tour that was delayed by several months because of front man Bono’s back injury"), which modifies the entire main clause. (This part is NOT a clause - there is no verb for the noun "a tour" - the verb "was delayed" is within the relative pronoun modifier "that was delayed .... injury"). The structure of the absolute phrase is: Noun ("a tour") + Noun modifier ("that was delayed....injury")

Option A (Wrong):
Option A is wrong because "his" wrongly refers to "few people".
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You eliminate B & C because the pronoun used should be his and not their as the antecedent is John and not people.
After which you eliminate D and E because they change the meaning of the original sentence. The original sentence says that the concert was delayed due to Bono's back injury whereas D & E suggest that Bono did something else to cause the delay besides having a back injury.

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The correct answer is C , In GMAT meaning is important before applying rules. John is one of the few people ..who few people ? who wants their hands ..bla bla. Selecting option A will convey wrong meaning , therefore incorrect.
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John was one of the few people to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono’s back injury.

(A) to get his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono’s back injury.
(B) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months due to front man Bono and his back injury.
(C) to get their hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months because of front man Bono’s back injury.
(D) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed by several months on account of front man Bono and his back injury.
(E) who got his hands on an advance ticket for U2’s North American tour – a tour that was delayed because of front man Bono and his back injury.

Spoiler: :: Explanation
OA: C. Note first the decision between “his hands” and “their hands”. This is a pronoun decision, but one that requires some logical reasoning. Did these people all get John’s hands on tickets? Logically, that makes no sense - so they must have gotten their own hands on the tickets, leading to choice B or choice C. Then the difference comes down to “front man Bono AND his back injury” or “front man Bono’s back injury”. Notice the flaw in B - Bono and his back injury are not two separate reasons for the tour’s delay. It’s one event - Bono’s back injury. Again, logic prevails and the correct answer is C.

Immediately focus on B & C for the plural "their. Then quickly scan to find where the two differ. B is wrong because it looks like the tour was delayed by two reasons, Bono is one and his back injury is the other.
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Hi,

I am still confused regarding option A. I thought "one of Xs" always required a singular verb? "One of Xs that/who" on the other hand requires a plural verb. I am confused as to how option C is correct and not A? Could one of you guys please explain? Would greatly appreciate it!

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Hi,

I am still confused regarding option A. I thought "one of Xs" always required a singular verb? "One of Xs that/who" on the other hand requires a plural verb. I am confused as to how option C is correct and not A? Could one of you guys please explain? Would greatly appreciate it!

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""one of Xs" always required a singular verb" - is not true. It is not a good idea to memorise such grammar "tips" since everything depends on context.

There is only one rule: Identify the subject for the verb in question.

e.g.
- Only one of the managers is working on that project.
'is' here refers to the one who is working on that project.

- He is one of the managers who are working on that project.
There are some managers who are working on that project. He is one of them.

- One of the managers who are working on that project is my boss.
Notice that 'one' corresponds to 'is' and 'managers' corresponds to 'are working'

Now think - is the given sentence similar to one of these 3 examples? Yes, it is similar to the second example.
John is one of the few people to get their hands on ... (the people got their hands on something)
He is one of the managers who are working on that project. (the managers are working on that project)

"to get their hands..." talks about people, not John alone. Hence we will use plural "their".
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I had one doubt. The sentence says front man Bono's back injury. So isnt "front man" incorrectly modifying Bono's back injury instead of Bono?
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