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Asa Gray, the respected nineteenth-century botanist,

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Asa Gray, the respected nineteenth-century botanist, explored the West with John Torrey and worked on the revision of Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than the shape of its leaf.


on the revision of Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than the shape of its leaf

on revising Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on the anatomy of a plant’s fruit rather than the shape of the leaves

to revise the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, basing the new classification system on the anatomy of a plant’s fruit rather than on the shape of its leaf

to revise the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, and to base the new classification system on the anatomy of the plant’s fruit rather than on the leaf’s shape

on the revision of the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, in which he based the new classification system on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than on the shape of its leaf

Is the use of its in C clear?
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 06:09
I dont see any problem with "its" ..clearly refers to plant's( plants leaf)
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Yes, the reference in (C) is clear--- to the shape of [the plant's] leaf.
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2011, 11:18
possessive pronoun(its) can refer to possessive noun
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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 08:11
My approach :
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Asa Gray, the respected nineteenth-century botanist, explored the West with John Torrey and worked on the revision of Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than the shape of its leaf.


on the revision of Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than the shape of its leaf

on revising Linnaeus’s taxonomic methods, basing the new classifications on the anatomy of a plant’s fruit rather than the shape of the leaves

to revise the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, basing the new classification system on the anatomy of a plant’s fruit rather than on the shape of its leaf

explored the.......... and worked
to revise
the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, and to base the new classification system on the anatomy of the plant’s fruit rather than on the leaf’s shape

explored the.......... and worked
on the revision
of the taxonomic methods of Linnaeus, in which he based the new classification system on a plant’s fruit anatomy rather than on the shape of its leaf
plant’s fruit anatomy grammatical nonsense

Is the use of its in C clear?


So C wins out clearly on parallelism and parallelism..

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