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Five fledgling sea eagles left their nests in western [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 02:00
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Five fledgling sea eagles left their nests in western Scotland this summer, bringing to 34 the number of wild birds successfully raised since transplants from
Norway began in 1975.
(A) bringing
(B) and brings
(C) and it brings
(D) and it brought
(E) and brought

OG says "D) There are too many possible referents for it."

1. Can anyone point those referents
2. Also it can acts a placeholder for the action and in that case construction is correct (although i agree that A would be more precise)
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Re: Eagles [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 10:33
it here may be ref to either western Scotland or summer as these two are the only singular existing...
IMO choice D is wordy ...moreover, for it to function as a placeholder, there are certain conditions for e.g
1) to postpone infinitive
2) to postpone THAT clause...n so on..
n since it is doing none of these functions, it is not required..
Also choice A is a classical example of verb+ ing modifier that is showing the result of the action of the preceding clause...
thats my 2 cents on this..
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Re: Eagles [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 19:09
Can you explain following point may be using an example
rajeevrks27 wrote:
for it to function as a placeholder, there are certain conditions for e.g
1) to postpone infinitive
2) to postpone THAT clause...n so on..
n since it is doing none of these functions, it is not required..
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Re: Eagles [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 19:54
ok here are the examples
1) To postpone infinitive subjects...e.g. To eat Fast food is not a good habit
now here, the infinitive (TO EAT FAST FOOD, which is also the subject) is postponed with the use of placeholder IT .....
It is not a good habit to eat fast food.
the original sentence has no grammatical error, but the GMAC rejects it because it is not written in a stylish manner.
2) To postpone That clause...e.g That we all scaled the mountain gave us confidence.....
Again, That-clause similar to the infinitives will be postponed with the use of placeholder IT .....
It gave us confidence that we all scaled the mountain...
3) It sounds awkward when a sentence starts with an infinitive or That-clause and it is logical to postpone them on stylish grounds. Similarly, we can also postpone infinitive and that clause when they appear as objects in the sentence.
now if we see the original question, we can easily delete choice D on stylish grounds.
Also plz check ur inbox, i have fwd a page on placeholder IT.
Correct me if i am wrong.
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Re: Eagles [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2012, 23:07
rajeevrks27 wrote:
ok here are the examples
1) To postpone infinitive subjects...e.g. To eat Fast food is not a good habit
now here, the infinitive (TO EAT FAST FOOD, which is also the subject) is postponed with the use of placeholder IT .....
It is not a good habit to eat fast food.
the original sentence has no grammatical error, but the GMAC rejects it because it is not written in a stylish manner.
2) To postpone That clause...e.g That we all scaled the mountain gave us confidence.....
Again, That-clause similar to the infinitives will be postponed with the use of placeholder IT .....
It gave us confidence that we all scaled the mountain...
3) It sounds awkward when a sentence starts with an infinitive or That-clause and it is logical to postpone them on stylish grounds. Similarly, we can also postpone infinitive and that clause when they appear as objects in the sentence.
now if we see the original question, we can easily delete choice D on stylish grounds.
Also plz check ur inbox, i have fwd a page on placeholder IT.
Correct me if i am wrong.


Man, this is too much grammar jargon... my only point is whether "it" can be used to refer to an action and giving examples of where "it" can be used does not say anything about use of "it" in place of an action.
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Re: Eagles [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2012, 20:01
+1 A the Participle phrase starting with "bringing" modifies the entire clause.
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