I couldn't find its solution anywhere so posting it here.
"In undistributed primary forests, the Honduran Mahogany grows up to a height of 130 feet, having a buttressed trunk and a crown that spread over the canopy of lesser trees."
Correct answer is -
"to a height of 130 feet, with a buttressed trunk and with a crown that spreads"
The explanation says that "spread" should logically refer to "a crown" and not to "a buttressed trunk and a crown". How do we know from the original sentence that "that" refers to "a crown" and not to "a buttressed trunk and a crown"?
Mike, I appreciate your response.
Anurag, here is my response to the message I received from you.
Let me make sure you are clear on the terminology here.Crown
= Ornament worn on the headCanopy
= A cloth used to cover somethingTrunk
= The bottom portion of a tree which provides support to the tree.
Now from the context of the given sentence, both crown
are used in the same sense i.e. the covering of leaves at the top of the tree.
Now you tell me. Is it possible for the trunk
of a Mahogany (or whatever) tree to spread over the “covering at the top” of other trees? Think if it makes sense.
That is why “that” refers only to the “crown” of Mahogany Tree
(Here it is used to show the huge stature of the tree and that it can cover other trees with its shade/leaves. It is obvious from the context).
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