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# Native to North America, wolverines are currently the prey

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Native to North America, wolverines are currently the prey of hunters and farmers who would exterminate them from the face of the planet.

A Native to North America, wolverines are
B Natives of North America, wolverines are
C Native to North America, the wolverine is
D As a native of North America, the wolverine is
E A native of North America, the wolverine is

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23 Feb 2004, 17:35
Ans: C

Vivek:
Underlining is causing confustion. Could you please edit it.

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23 Feb 2004, 17:51
A is answer. Correct idiom is "native to". Also, C cannot be the answer because second half of sentence says "exterminate them from the face of the planet". "Them" has to have a plural referal, "wolverines".
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23 Feb 2004, 18:03
Paul wrote:
A is answer. Correct idiom is "native to". Also, C cannot be the answer because second half of sentence says "exterminate them from the face of the planet". "Them" has to have a plural referal, "wolverines".

Paul: I agree with your reasoning that "them" should refer to a plural antecedent. I'm not defending my answer.

But, is it not correct way to say "the wolverine is currently the prey" and "wolverines are currently preys, in which both
sides of the linking verb matches in number.

Ex: A man is a social animal.
* A man is social animals.

Vivek: Could you confirm that the question stem doe not have typos.
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23 Feb 2004, 18:06

Paul: I agree with your reasoning that "them" should refer to a plural antecedent. I'm not defending my answer.

But is it correct way to say "the wolverine is currently the prey" or "wolverine[b]s[\b] are currently the prey[b]s[\b],

Ex: A man is a social animal.
* A man is social animals.

Vivek: Could you confirm that the question stem doe not have typos.

In your example: A man is a social animal --> ok
A man is social animals --> Should be written as "men are social animals"
The first example with wolverines is fine
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23 Feb 2004, 18:10
Paul wrote:

Ex: A man is a social animal.
* A man is social animals.

Paul: I'm sorry to mislead you.
"*" before a sentence means that sentence has fault.

If so, can we assume that answer choice A also having the same error.
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23 Feb 2004, 18:24

Paul: I'm sorry to mislead you.
"*" before a sentence means that sentence has fault.

If so, can we assume that answer choice A also having the same error.

Kpadma, I really don't understand what you mean. A looks absolutely fine with a plural subject "wolverines" and a plural pronoun "them"
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23 Feb 2004, 18:39
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Kpadma, I really don't understand what you mean. A looks absolutely fine with a plural subject "wolverines" and a plural pronoun "them"

In answer choice A "wolverines are currently the prey",
"wolverines" are plural noun and "the prey" is a singular noun.
Both are linked by a "are", which is a plural linking verb.

Put simply,
Answer choice A has following construction.
<Plural noun> <plural linking verb> <singular predicate nominative>
wolverines are the prey

Is this sentence formation correct?
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23 Feb 2004, 18:54
I'm not very good with english grammar (pin-pointing the exact applicable rule) but I believe "the prey" can be correctly used. In many respect, french is very similar to english and this example, translated in french is totally appropriate. Agreed that it is not a fair explanation but to my ears and knowledge, "the prey" is fine. Somehow, I think it refers to "wolverines" as a group... I hope Akamai can clear this confusion
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23 Feb 2004, 20:58
Sorry guys...it was my turn to prepare dinner so was hooked up with that...Yes...there was a typo from me...

Native to North America, wolverines are currently the prey of hunters and farmers who would exterminate them from the face of the planet.

(I had forgot to underline 'are' in my earlier post...thats the typo...'Wolverines are')

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23 Feb 2004, 21:20
I'm off for the day...just wanted to post the answer and sleep...

The correct answer is A. This is an Idiomatic Expression problem. We use native to for plants and animals, and natives of for people. Eliminate B, D and E. Since we use the pronoun them later on in the sentence, we must use wolverines in the plural. Eliminate B.

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24 Feb 2004, 02:39
Some how vivek_dj's explanation on "native to" and "native for" is not clear to me! Would appreciate if more explanation can be given on this.
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24 Feb 2004, 14:48
Im not good at explaining ...but anyway...

The kangaroo is 'native to' Australia. ( Correct idomatic usage for animals)

Kylie Minogue is 'native of' Australia. ( Correct idomatic usage for people)

We don't say Kylie Minogue is 'native to' Australia...do we?

I know the difference is very subtle..but thats the way it is.

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25 Feb 2004, 03:06
OG has a similar question (Q 36, Sentence correction). Explanation provided will provide the details. native to is idiomatic.
25 Feb 2004, 03:06
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