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In the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop, although its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops had already been destroyed by pests.

(A) In the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop, although its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops had already been destroyed by pests

(B) Pests destroyed the region's grape, celery, and sugar beet crops when, in the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved its citrus crop

(C) The region's citrus crop was saved by improved pest-control methods in the 1880's, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops already having been destroyed by pests

(D) Improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop in the 1880's, though they had already destroyed its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops

(E) Improved pest-control methods, in the 1880's, saved the region's citrus crop, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops were already destroyed by pests

I answered (A), which is correct.

However, I am not convinced. What is the antecedent of "its"? By logic we can say that the antecedent is region. However, region is in the possessive form (region's). According to MGMAT, this doesn't follow to possessive poison rule, which states that a pronoun can't have an antecedent in the possessive form.

Hope someone could chime in on this.

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As far as I know, this is the pith of MGMAT’s latest stand on the use of possessive pronoun, which it fondly used to call as the possessive pronoun poison.
1. A possessive pronoun can stand for a possessive noun
2. A possessive pronoun can stand for a non- possessive noun
3. A non possessive pronoun can stand for a non- possessive noun.

Most important: The only case where it can‘t be accepted is when a non-possessive is used to stand for a possessive noun.

Even so, I see no problem in choice A because its is a possessive pronoun and it stands for region’s, another possessive noun. Pretty straightforward, I thought . What is the hitch?

Region is non-possessive form; Region's is possessive form.
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As far as I know, this is the pith of MGMAT’s latest stand on the use of possessive pronoun, which it fondly used to call as the possessive pronoun poison.
1. A possessive pronoun can stand for a possessive noun
2. A possessive pronoun can stand for a non- possessive noun
3. A non possessive pronoun can stand for a non- possessive noun.

Most important: The only case where it can‘t be accepted is when a non-possessive is used to stand for a possessive noun.

Even so, I see no problem in choice A because its is a possessive pronoun and it stands for region’s, another possessive noun. Pretty straightforward, I thought . What is the hitch?

Region is non-possessive form; Region's is possessive form.

I think I need to go back to MGMAT SC book. I think I forgot/overlooked that rule.

Thank you very much for the clarification, though.

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30 Jun 2012, 04:34
Thanks for the clarification, daagh
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20 Oct 2014, 23:01
daagh you greatly clarified the question and it is also helpful for me to know the concept behind this question. Thumbs up!
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In the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop, although its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops had already been destroyed by pests.

(A) In the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop, although its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops had already been destroyed by pests

(B) Pests destroyed the region's grape, celery, and sugar beet crops when, in the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved its citrus crop

(C) The region's citrus crop was saved by improved pest-control methods in the 1880's, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops already having been destroyed by pests

(D) Improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop in the 1880's, though they had already destroyed its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops

(E) Improved pest-control methods, in the 1880's, saved the region's citrus crop, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops were already destroyed by pests

Meaning of the sentence is that some pest control methods save the region's citrus crop. But other mentioned crops were already destroyed by pests before citrus crop was saved.

(A) In the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop, although its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops had already been destroyed by pests. Correct Choice as it gives the right meaning.

(B) Pests destroyed the region's grape, celery, and sugar beet crops when, in the 1880's, improved pest-control methods saved its citrus crop. It says both 'improving citrus crop' and 'destroying other crops happened at the same time. this is not the intended meaning.

(C) The region's citrus crop was saved by improved pest-control methods in the 1880's, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops already having been destroyed by pests. No proper connection between 'The region's citrus crop was saved by improved pest-control methods in the 1880's' and following sentence.

(D) Improved pest-control methods saved the region's citrus crop in the 1880's, though they had already destroyed its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops. 'they' refers to pest control methods. There methods were not responsible for destruction.

(E) Improved pest-control methods, in the 1880's, saved the region's citrus crop, its grape, celery, and sugar beet crops were already destroyed by pests. No proper connection between 'Improved pest-control methods, in the 1880's, saved the region's citrus crop' and following sentence.
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