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# The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished

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The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living

B) on account of their living

C) because it lives

D) because of living

E) because they live
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08 Jun 2006, 06:57
I got with C. Golden crab has (singular)... it lives (singular)
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08 Jun 2006, 07:20
B and E because of use of plural.
D awkward -
Between A and C, I would pick A
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08 Jun 2006, 07:47
C

'On account of' is awkward.
The noun is singular, so we cannot use "their"
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08 Jun 2006, 07:56
I go with C. Usage of 'it' here is not ambiguous.
A doesn't sound good.
Others are clearly eliminated
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08 Jun 2006, 09:58
C... going with the singular (golden crab ... has).
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08 Jun 2006, 11:21
I am pretty sure this one is C

A is awkward
B is wrong due to "their" which should be singular "it"
C is correct
D "living" part is incorrect (like in A and B)
E wrong agreement they-crabs, not crab
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08 Jun 2006, 19:38
YEs it should be C.
' it ' correctly refers to golden crab and leaves no room for ambiguity.
Also the construction 'primarily because' is absolutely fine.
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08 Jun 2006, 20:58
C it is.

Subject is "golden crab", which is singular. "on account of" is awkward.
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08 Jun 2006, 21:06
Will go with C.
Golden crab is singular hence "it" is okay.
Also on account of is awkward.
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09 Jun 2006, 01:53
I go with A,

"primarily because it lives" i cannot digest this.

if primarily had not been there then having "because it lives" makes sense.

" on account of (its) living" i support A.
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09 Jun 2006, 05:11

OA is ^ C ^
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18 Jun 2007, 11:15
selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living
B) on account of their living
C) because it lives
D) because of living
E) because they live

GMAT prefers because rather than on account of. Therefore, CDE are left. It refers to/modifies the golden crab, not the number of golden crabs. Therefore C.

OA is C.
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14 Mar 2012, 19:38
I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "Golden crab" or "Gulf of Mexico" ?

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14 Mar 2012, 21:43
I will go with C; singular subject, singular verb.
redpearl wrote:
I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "Golden crab" or "Gulf of Mexico" ?

You can remove "Gulf of Mexico" while finding the subject because it is a part of prepositional phrase.
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23 Dec 2012, 04:02
this question is troubling.

doing is prefered when the subject is in the active clause

I learn gmat by reading the experts posting on gmatclub

but because the crab here is not doing something so "living" is not acceptable.

I am fined because of learning badly

is not good.

I am not clear. pls, expert, help
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24 Dec 2012, 12:44
thangvietnam wrote:
this question is troubling.

doing is prefered when the subject is in the active clause

I learn gmat by reading the experts posting on gmatclub

but because the crab here is not doing something so "living" is not acceptable.

I am fined because of learning badly

is not good.

I am not clear. pls, expert, help

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The correct option here is C. Though the option has it and even Gulf of mexico is singular but note that after it there is verb lives . Hence ther is no question of pronoun ambiguity as Gulf of mexico is not living creature it cannot live. hence answer is C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has [color=#0000ff]<The golden crab + has --> subject is singular> not been fished commercially in great numbers <NOT BEEN FISHED. Continuous tense>, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living <OF LIVING. doesn't agree with the continuous tense in the non underlined portion>

B) on account of their living <THEIR. Plural. Wrong.>

C) because it lives <Le PERFECTO >

D) because of living <OF LIVING. doesn't agree with the continuous tense in the non underlined portion>

E) because they live <THEY. Plural. Wrong.>[/color]

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The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living

B) on account of their living

C) because it lives

D) because of living

E) because they live

Is it okay to choose (c) cause "because can only modify verbs"

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