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by karthikpandian19 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:46 am
Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.
A. was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided
B. was alone of the five-nation Iroquois League when they sided
C. alone among the five-nation Iroquois League sided
D. were the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League in siding
E. only of the five-nation Iroquois League had sided

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by sam2304 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:15 am
Is it A ? But it looks bad with "only one of the five-nation". Tough one.
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by ariz » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:25 pm
Compared to the rest, A looks very good

What is the answer?

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by happymanocha » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:40 pm
IMO: A.

A - Correct.
B - when they sided with with colonist during
C - no verb
D - were is for plural.
E - no verb

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by kooladitya01 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:37 pm
IMO : D

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by karthikpandian19 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:48 pm
Can any GMAT instructor explain this SC?

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by karthikpandian19 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:49 pm
OA is C

If some GMAT instructor provides explanation, it will be really great

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by ArunangsuSahu » Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:00 pm
It is (C)

The sentence has to be meaningful

(A) Doesn't tell "who sided"...League or Oneida
(B) Not a choice
(C) Oneida Needs a Verb.."sided" clearly is that..Only thing is this choice needed commas
(D )not a choice
(E) not a choice

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by e-GMAT » Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:10 pm
Hi,

Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

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The first and foremost thing to understand here is that "the Oneida" refers to the group of belonging to the Oneida tribe, a native American tribe. Hence, the Oneida is plural here. For example, The Swiss are the people who belong to Switzerland.
So the Oneida among the five-nation Iroquois League were the only people who sided with the colonists during the American Revolution.

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Since "the Oneida" is plural, use of singular verb "was" is incorrect.

Now let us run the POE.
Choice A: SV number agreement error as discussed.

Choice B: Same error as A.

Choice C: Correct answer. Notice that this answer choice does away with all the debate regarding singular and plural. Verb "sided" is used for both singular and plural subject.

Choice D:

a. "the only ones out of the five nations of Iroquois League" is far too wordy than "alone among the five nations of Iroquois League".
b. Use of "in siding" is unidiomatic. We say: They are/were the only ones "to do" this and not "in doing this".

Choice E: Use of past perfect is incorrect. There is no other event than 'siding' happening in the sentence. This single action must be written in simple past tense.

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by happymanocha » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:17 pm
In option E, Is "only of the five-nation" correct? If yes, is "only of the five-nation" is better than "only one of the five-nation"?

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by karthikgmat » Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:04 pm
e-GMAT , so when 'The country's name' is referred, its always plural?