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Question 7: Whoever is chosen as the new chief, it is likely to continue many of the policies that the incumbent holds dear.

  1. Whoever is chosen as the new chief, they are
  2. Whomever is chosen as the new chief, he is
  3. Whoever is chosen as the new chief is
  4. No correction required

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Explanatory Answer

Method of solving this CAT Question from Sentence Correction:

In the sentence given, the clause “whoever is chosen as the new chief? is followed by “it is?, which is incorrect. The person chosen as the new chief cannot be referred to as “it?.

Answer option (a) is also incorrect. “Whoever? refers to one person, and that person cannot be referred to in plural subsequently, as “they?.

Option (b) uses the word ‘whomever’ instead of ‘whoever’. But the right word in this context is ‘whoever’.

‘Whoever’ is a subject pronoun like 'he', 'she' and 'they' whereas ‘whomever’ is an object pronoun like 'him', 'her' and 'them'. When the whoever/whomever clause is the subject of the verb that follows the clause, the correct word to use is the one that agrees with the verb. Here, the verb is 'is likely'. 'He is likely' makes sense, while 'Him is likely' does not. So, the right word here is ‘whoever’, not ‘whomever’.

Option (c) does not carry any errors and is the right answer choice.

The question is " Choose the grammatically correct option "

Hence, the answer is option C

Choice C is the correct answer.


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