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One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their minds tend to wander.

their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their
their appreciation that as people dehydrate, their
to appreciate that when a person dehydrates, his or her
to appreciate that when people dehydrate, their
appreciating that as people dehydrate, their
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 12:00
agdimple333 agree with you...B is the answer
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 16:07
Could anyone please explain what is their (first one) referring to?
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One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their minds tend to wander.

their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their
their appreciation that as people dehydrate, their
to appreciate that when a person dehydrates, his or her
to appreciate that when people dehydrate, their
appreciating that as people dehydrate, their


Could anyone please explain what is their (first one) referring to?


Hi Gaurav1083,

Their is possessive pronoun so its referring family's. I think you are confused with pronoun they which can not refer to noun inside the possessive noun.


A) Subject verb agreement ( Person is singular so can not be referred by their)
B) Leave B.
C) Minds can not be used for a single person so this choice is wrong.
D) Infinitive ( to+ verb) generally used to show intention, For ex to plan, to kill. Result can not show intention so this choice is also not correct.
E) appreciating is showing continuity , result can not be continuous so this choice is wrong.

I hope my explanation will help.

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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 18:09
rphardu wrote:
gaurav1083 wrote:

One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their minds tend to wander.

their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their
their appreciation that as people dehydrate, their
to appreciate that when a person dehydrates, his or her
to appreciate that when people dehydrate, their
appreciating that as people dehydrate, their


Could anyone please explain what is their (first one) referring to?


Hi Gaurav1083,

Their is possessive pronoun so its referring family's. I think you are confused with pronoun they which can not refer to noun inside the possessive noun.


A) Subject verb agreement ( Person is singular so can not be referred by their)
B) Leave B.
C) Minds can not be used for a single person so this choice is wrong.
D) Infinitive ( to+ verb) generally used to show intention, For ex to plan, to kill. Result can not show intention so this choice is also not correct.
E) appreciating is showing continuity , result can not be continuous so this choice is wrong.

I hope my explanation will help.


Hey rphardu:

family's possessive pronoun should be its.
families' possessive pronoun should be their.

There is some typo in the option, I guess!!!
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2011, 18:11
fluke wrote:
rphardu wrote:
gaurav1083 wrote:

One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their minds tend to wander.

their appreciation that as a person dehydrates, their
their appreciation that as people dehydrate, their
to appreciate that when a person dehydrates, his or her
to appreciate that when people dehydrate, their
appreciating that as people dehydrate, their


Could anyone please explain what is their (first one) referring to?


Hi Gaurav1083,

Their is possessive pronoun so its referring family's. I think you are confused with pronoun they which can not refer to noun inside the possessive noun.


A) Subject verb agreement ( Person is singular so can not be referred by their)
B) Leave B.
C) Minds can not be used for a single person so this choice is wrong.
D) Infinitive ( to+ verb) generally used to show intention, For ex to plan, to kill. Result can not show intention so this choice is also not correct.
E) appreciating is showing continuity , result can not be continuous so this choice is wrong.

I hope my explanation will help.


Hey rphardu:

family's possessive pronoun should be its.
families' possessive pronoun should be their.

There is some typo in the option, I guess!!!


Thanks fluke to rectify error, so nice of you.
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 10:23
I agree with fluke..
I tried to check the answer from other sources but didnt find.
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 21:55
B and agree that family's should have 'its' and not 'their'...
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Re: SC pronoun [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2011, 12:08
'one result was .. their appreciation'

so B
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Re: One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2011, 22:57
Confused between B and D


can anyone explain why not D?
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Re: One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2011, 09:43
Nice explanation by saurabh. ...further possessive pronoun can refer back to itself.
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Re: One result of the family's long ordeal at sea was their [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2013, 08:43
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