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# With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a

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With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Here any comments on E.... Why would one not choose E as the answer????

939. With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Here the fight is between B and D cannot narrow down to the correct one need help

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14 Jun 2009, 07:58
Maulikgmat wrote:
With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Here any comments on E.... Why would one not choose E as the answer????

939. With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Here the fight is between B and D cannot narrow down to the correct one need help

Answer for Question 1 IMO is B.
E is wrong because - (1) the modifier "with diamonds" is modifying "a written description" instead of a person. (2) it is in passive voice, while the rest of the sentence "the description....jeweler misled you" is in active voice.
A - is not correct because the pronoun used is "one", while the rest of the sentence refers to "you".
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14 Jun 2009, 08:03
Maulikgmat wrote:
With diamonds, as with all gems, one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase; the description may prove useful later if you have reason to believe the jeweler misled you.
(A) one should ask for a written description of one’s purchase
(C) a written discretion of your purchase is what one should ask for
(D) a written description of one’s purchase is what should be asked for
(E) a written description of your purchase is what should be asked for
Here any comments on E.... Why would one not choose E as the answer????

939. With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Here the fight is between B and D cannot narrow down to the correct one need help

Question 2 - 939

IMO is A.

"is" is the correct verb which agrees with the subject icelandic, which is singular. Thus, B and D are eliminated.
E - wordy. "when it is written".
C - "being translated".
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14 Jun 2009, 12:45
OA is
1. B
2. D
..........
Plz share the reason if u can figure out
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14 Jun 2009, 13:32
I'm still puzzled with the OA for (2) as D. I thought that the subject here is "Icelandic" and hence should have a singular 'is' rather than 'are'. Further, there is parallelism in option A : 'when written' and 'when translated'.

So, I still think that the answer should be A.

Does anyone think otherwise?
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14 Jun 2009, 13:45
939. With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Here the fight is between B and D cannot narrow down to the correct one need help

I will go with D .

Example:-

Tendulkar is one of the very few players who are still playing in international cricket.

Emphasis is on players and verb should modify players in this case

An example from Manhattan SC

The building of tall skyscrappers has increased .....

here Subject is Building and verb "has"

however when I change this to

This building is one of tallest skyscrappers that are built .....
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15 Jun 2009, 03:11
ichha148 wrote:
939. With its abundance of noun inflections, Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
(A) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English
(B) are compact when they are written, but they can lengthen considerably when they are translated in English
(C) is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when being translated into English
(D) are compact when written but can lengthen considerably in English translation
(E) is compact when it is written but can lengthen considerably when translated in English

Here the fight is between B and D cannot narrow down to the correct one need help

I will go with D .

Example:-

Tendulkar is one of the very few players who are still playing in international cricket.

Emphasis is on players and verb should modify players in this case

An example from Manhattan SC

The building of tall skyscrappers has increased .....

here Subject is Building and verb "has"

however when I change this to

This building is one of tallest skyscrappers that are built .....

is the highlighted part in manhattan ?
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15 Jun 2009, 05:57
I am not able to understand the reason for 'are' in the second question

"...Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
'Icelandic' should be followed by 'is' after all we need to concentrate on the subject.
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15 Jun 2009, 09:28
aknine wrote:
I am not able to understand the reason for 'are' in the second question

"...Icelandic is one of several Germanic languages that is compact when written but can lengthen considerably when translated into English.
'Icelandic' should be followed by 'is' after all we need to concentrate on the subject.

I highly doubt the OA for 939.

Conventional use in sentences such as 939, use singular verb.

For example,

One of the documents was stolen in the office.

One of the documents that was stolen in the office is important.
OR
One of the documents stolen in the office is important.

This is what Manhattan says on Indefinite Pronouns:

Pronouns are words that replace other nouns or pronouns. An indefinite pronoun is one
that is not specific about the thing to which it refers. Anyone is an example of an indefinite
pronoun. The foUowing indefinite pronouns are considered singular subjects and
therefore require singular verb forms. Note that all the pronouns that end in -one.
-body, or -thing fall into this category.

Singular Pronouns:
Anyone, Anybody, Anything
Everyone, Everybody, Everything
Whatever, Whoever, Someone, Somebody, Something
No one, Nobody, Nothing
Each, Every

There are, however, 5 indefinite pronouns which can be either singular or plural depending
on the context of the sentence. You can remember these 5 by the word SANAM,
which is composed of the first initial of each word.

THE SANAM PRONOUNS: Some, Any, None, All, Most

How can you tell if these pronouns are singular or plural? Look at the "of' construction
which usually follows the pronoun. You may recall that you are generally supposed to
ignore "of' constructions (as they are misleading middlemen). The SANAM pronouns
are the exceptions to this rule: you should look at the object of the "of' construction to
"7" t. determine the number of the subject.

Some or the money WAS stolen from my wallet. (money is singular)
Some of the documents WERE stolen from the bank. (documents is plural).

Taking this into consideration, I definitely think that OA for 939 should be A.
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16 Jun 2009, 16:46
goldeneagle94 wrote:
aknine wrote:

One of the documents that was stolen in the office is important.

I doubt this part.

OA is correct. That is needed and out of B and D, D is precise.
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16 Jun 2009, 23:47
hemantsood wrote:
goldeneagle94 wrote:
aknine wrote:

One of the documents that was stolen in the office is important.

I doubt this part.

OA is correct. That is needed and out of B and D, D is precise.

I too am of same opinion...

From what I have read I have concluded following,

1) In cases "one of the" / "one of" phrases singular verb is used.
2) In cases "one of things that" / "one of the things who" plural verb is used.
3) In cases "one of the only things who" singular verb is used.
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17 Jun 2009, 01:14
B and A

"one of" is singular....have to use "is"
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18 Jun 2009, 09:13
one of the xxx is defnitely singular..
but one of the xxx that xxx is plural

becoz by using that we are trying to explain more about the german languages and not the icelandic language.

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