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geological constraint

by mehrasa » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:09 am
due to geological constraint, the gold discovered in south Africa in 1886 could not be easily mined by the sort of independent fortune-seeking adventurers whom had prospered without the aid of large machinery in previous gold rushes in other lands.
1) whom had prospered
2) whom prospered
3) whom achieved prosperity
4) who will have prospered
5) who had prospered

OA after discussion.. please give ur reasoning

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by sam2304 » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:30 am
IMO A.

sentence is in passive voice so the adventurers are in objective form and whom should be used.
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by saketk » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:11 am
mehrasa wrote:due to geological constraint, the gold discovered in south Africa in 1886 could not be easily mined by the sort of independent fortune-seeking adventurers whom had prospered without the aid of large machinery in previous gold rushes in other lands.
1) whom had prospered
2) whom prospered
3) whom achieved prosperity
4) who will have prospered
5) who had prospered

OA after discussion.. please give ur reasoning
I think E is the right answer.

fortune-seeking adventurers -- are the object of the sentence. [spoiler]'Who'[/spoiler] is a better choice.

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by smackmartine » Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:22 am
IMO E

As Ron says "Tense related SCs are based 100% on meaning" , here is my attempt.


|-----------Past Perfect----------------|---------------------Past------------------|------Present-----

(adventurers had prospered ---------|---(gold discovered in ------|
in previous gold rushes)---------------|---1886 could not mined)--|

E) who had prospered --only answer that satisfies the meaning + who is the relative pronoun for adventurers
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by sam2304 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:32 am
saketk wrote: fortune-seeking adventurers -- are the object of the sentence. [spoiler]'Who'[/spoiler] is a better choice.
If fortune seeking adventurers are object then whom is the right usage. Correct me if i am wrong. Even i was confused between A/E only but chose A as the adventurers are objects.
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by harsh.champ » Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:35 am
IMO E

"Who" should be the correct relative pronoun.
"Whom" would be correct if the sentence had been something like "fortune seeking adventurers whom we had seen".
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by rijul007 » Sat Nov 12, 2011 5:46 am
IMO- E

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by mehrasa » Sat Nov 12, 2011 6:50 am
thank you guys
the OA is E