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The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit
C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

Not concerned about answer but can pronoun in second clause joined with ";" refer noun in first clause.
In the above problem can "its" can refer tea's.
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Can someone provide a detailed analyis on this question. Thanks! why isn't "and" used here?


The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The "subject" of the underlined portion is "the brewed leaves": PLURAL => it/its have no reference. We can eliminate A B C.

D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of<== this is not idiomatic
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

To answer you question about "and", I think it's more logical to say
prevent OR inhibit, just because you cannot do both things at once: you can either prevent OR inhibit.
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A short answer would be that yes, an "its" - or other similar pronoun - can be placed after a semicolon while referring to something before the semicolon. Here is an example sentence:

"Superman is the greatest superhero ever made; his ideals and strong sense of morality make him a solid role model even in modern times."

In this particular sentence, however, the "its" would actually more accurately refer to the "brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis", as opposed to the general "tea" found within the first part of the sentence.
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Can someone provide a detailed analyis on this question. Thanks! why isn't "and" used here?
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