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# Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous step

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Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

Originally posted by shawrochis on 10 Dec 2016, 12:11.
Last edited by Bunuel on 27 Sep 2018, 10:41, edited 2 times in total.
Renamed the topic and edited the question.
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11 Dec 2016, 04:20
shawrochis wrote:
Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. .....
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
"they" is ambiguous

B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
same as A

Correct, as the only choice left by POE

D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
same as A

E. Many of his aspirations and goals
aspirations and goals are redundant
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11 Dec 2016, 06:24
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Answer must be (C), shawrochis please follow forum rules and post the OA while posting a question...
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11 Dec 2016, 07:07
nguyendinhtuong wrote:
shawrochis wrote:
Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. .....
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
"they" is ambiguous

B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
same as A

Correct, as the only choice left by POE

D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
same as A

E. Many of his aspirations and goals
aspirations and goals are redundant

Though in E aspirations and goals are redundant, it appears to be correct.
C looks odd to me
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nguyendinhtuong wrote:
shawrochis wrote:
Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. .....
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
"they" is ambiguous

B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
same as A

Correct, as the only choice left by POE

D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
same as A

E. Many of his aspirations and goals
aspirations and goals are redundant

Though in E aspirations and goals are redundant, it appears to be correct.
C looks odd to me

C is alright. Following is a detailed structure analysis of option C:

Verb of main clause: "were hindered",
Subject of main clause: nominal clause "whatever aspirations he had ".

Now look inside the nominal clause (i.e. the subject of the main clause):
Verb of this nominal clause: "had"
Subject of nominal clause: "he"
Object of nominal clause " whatever aspirations" ("whatever" is the adjective and "aspirations" is the object noun).

[Also note that the main clause is in passive voice, hence the object has become subject (the nominal clause) and the subject has been added using "by" - "by his jealous stepbrothers". In active voice the sentence would be: His jealous stepbrothers hindered whatever aspirations he had.]
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30 Jul 2017, 03:31
Does E have a main clause ? can " HIS" be a subject. I eliminated E because I felt the sentence lacked a main clause. Was I right in eliminating E for the right reasons ?
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03 Jan 2019, 10:47
shawrochis wrote:
Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

Nobody gave an explanation, why E is wrong.
It is obviously not because aspirations and goals are redundant (Sorry, Broall).
They are not redundant.
And it certainly has a main clause.

In E is the same error as here:
Jack's room is so messy that (his) mother calls (him) a pig. It is wrong - we have not the antecendent for "his", "him".
But this one is right:
Jack has a room so messy that his mother calls him a pig. We have antecedent - John.

E. Many of his aspirations and goals were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers - sounds ok, but is wrong because of lack of antecedent for "his"

C. Whatever aspirations he had were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers - sounds not as good as E, but is right because of antecdent "he"
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03 Jan 2019, 13:15
Could E be wrong because the word "many" changes the meaning of the sentence? It could be that 'many' unnecessarily quantifies "aspirations"
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04 Jan 2019, 04:33
2asc wrote:
Could E be wrong because the word "many" changes the meaning of the sentence? It could be that 'many' unnecessarily quantifies "aspirations"

No.

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In E is the same error as here:
Jack's room is so messy that (his) mother calls (him) a pig. It is wrong - we have not the antecendent for "his", "him".
But this one is right:
Jack has a room so messy that his mother calls him a pig. We have antecedent - John.

E. Many of his aspirations and goals were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers - sounds ok, but is wrong because of lack of antecedent for "his"
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This is the explanation.
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04 Jan 2019, 11:26
DharLog wrote:
shawrochis wrote:
Whatever he aspired to achieve, they were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers.

A. Whatever he aspired to achieve, they
B. Whatever he had any aspirations to, they
D. Whatever be his aspiration, they
E. Many of his aspirations and goals

Nobody gave an explanation, why E is wrong.
It is obviously not because aspirations and goals are redundant (Sorry, Broall).
They are not redundant.
And it certainly has a main clause.

In E is the same error as here:
Jack's room is so messy that (his) mother calls (him) a pig. It is wrong - we have not the antecendent for "his", "him".
But this one is right:

Is this sentence wrong" Her voice is beautiful".
Jack has a room so messy that his mother calls him a pig. We have antecedent - John.

E. Many of his aspirations and goals were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers - sounds ok, but is wrong because of lack of antecedent for "his"

C. Whatever aspirations he had were hindered by his jealous stepbrothers - sounds not as good as E, but is right because of antecdent "he"
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