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Sentence Correction: Relative Clauses - Overview

Crows feed on fruit, small animals, and nuts, which eat both meat and plant-based foods.

This answer choice is illogical. The relative clause which eat both meat and plant-based foods is intended to modify the noun Crows. In this answer choice, however, it follows the noun nuts, and nuts cannot eat.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

who, which, that, whose, whom

This answer choice is illogical and repeats the original Relative Clause error. The relative clause which eat both meat and plant-based foods is intended to modify the noun Crows. In this answer choice, however, it follows the noun nuts, and nuts cannot eat.

What helps us identify this question as a Relative Clause question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

who, which, that, whose, whom

Although this answer choice corrects the original Relative Clause error by placing the clause which eat both meat and plant-based foods directly after the noun being described, it is grammatically incorrect. The first two items in the list are nouns (fruit, nuts) but the third item is a verb (eat).

In a list of 3 or more items, all the items should be in the same part of speech or of the same type of the part of speech (all nouns, or all verbs, or all adjectives...).

What helps us identify this question as a Parallelism question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A list of 3 items or more, separated by commas and and/or before the last item.

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The relative clause which eat both meat and plant-based foods should immediately follow the noun it modifies, namely, Crows.

Although this answer choice corrects the original Relative Clause error by placing the clause which eat both meat and plant-based foods directly after the noun being described, it is grammatically incorrect. The first two items in the list are verbs (feed, eat) but the third item is a noun (small animals).

In a list of 3 or more items, all the items should be in the same part of speech or of the same type of the part of speech (all nouns, or all verbs, or all adjectives...).

What helps us identify this question as a Parallelism question as well as identify the mistake is the following Stop Sign:

A list of 3 items or more, separated by commas and and/or before the last item.

Crows feed on fruit, small animals, and nuts, which eat both meat and plant-based foods
The crow feeds on fruit, small animals, and nuts, which eat both meat and plant-based foods
Crows, which eat both meat and plant-based foods, feed on fruit, nuts, and eat small animals
Crows, which eat both meat and plant-based foods, feed on fruit, nuts, and small animals
Crows, which eat both meat and plant-based foods, feed on fruit, eat nuts, and small animals