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Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
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A:...
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 04:10
A:Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay. [correct]
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay.=> do take months is an odd construct here. whose can be used to refer to the river, though.
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay. => its does not refer to the waters.
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay.=> same reason as above
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay.=>what does they refer to?

I might be wrong though, as I am confused if the use of its is correct, in C and D.
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 04:33
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Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
.

A:...
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay
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A) , the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay. Correct "the waters of which" correctly point to "waters of Florida's Everglades"; "their" correctly refers to "waters".

B) whose waters do take months to reach their final destination in Florida BayIncorrect. It implies that all the waters of 60 mile wide river across the world reach Florida Bay.

c) whose waters can take months to reach its final destination in Florida Bay Incorrect What is "its" referring to? Seems waters but since waters is plural we need their.

D)the waters of which can take months to reach its final destination in Florida BayIncorrect Same issue

E)and they can take months to reach their final destination in Florida BayIncorrect "They" is ambigous in that it can refer either to everglades or waters.

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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 05:07
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gmatbull wrote:
Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
.

A:...
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay
Source:
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A) , the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay. Correct "the waters of which" correctly point to "waters of Florida's Everglades"; "their" correctly refers to "waters".

B) whose waters do take months to reach their final destination in Florida BayIncorrect. It implies that all the waters of 60 mile wide river across the world reach Florida Bay.

c) whose waters can take months to reach its final destination in Florida Bay Incorrect What is "its" referring to? Seems waters but since waters is plural we need their.

D)the waters of which can take months to reach its final destination in Florida BayIncorrect Same issue

E)and they can take months to reach their final destination in Florida BayIncorrect "They" is ambigous in that it can refer either to everglades or waters.

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@ Marcab : thanks for ur explanation...
But why not D? ..
" its" refers to "Florida's Everglades".
Because we are speaking about "Florida's Everglades" water to reach Bay.
isn't it??

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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 05:22
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the final destination is of the waters of Florida's Everglades not Florida's Everglades.
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 05:34
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the final destination is of the waters of Florida's Everglades not Florida's Everglades.


Thanks again....

hmm... ya i agree...
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 09:48
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There is something weird about this topic; I believe ‘Everglades” is a proper noun and hence singular; Can the originators (namely Grockit) clarify why they chose to use a plural verb ‘are’ for the singular subject 'Everglades', in all the five choices? This incongruity is all the more glaring since the text itself declares it as - a - river.

Or should I take 'Everglades' as a plural subject?
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 09:53
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There is something weird about this topic; I believe ‘Everglades” is a proper noun and hence singular; Can the originators (namely Grockit) clarify why they chose to use a plural verb ‘are’ for the singular subject 'Everglades', in all the five choices? This incongruity is all the more glaring since the text itself declares it as - a - river.

Or should I take 'Everglades' as a plural subject?


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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 12:47
@ Daagh,
thanks for the observation... I only hope grockit will respond.

Below is an online document about Everglades (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Everglades)

"The Everglades are a natural region of subtropical wetlands in the southern portion
of the U.S. state of Florida, comprising the southern half of a large watershed. The system begins near Orlando
with the Kissimmee River, which discharges into the vast but shallow Lake Okeechobee. Water leaving the lake in
the wet season forms a slow-moving river 60 miles (97 km) wide and over 100 miles (160 km) long, flowing southward
across a limestone shelf to Florida Bay at the southern end of the state...................
The Everglades are shaped by water and fire, experiencing frequent flooding in the wet
season and drought in the dry season."
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Since wikipedia is a public site, we can't so much trust the credibility of the materials on it.
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 02 Dec 2012, 12:56
Here is another version describing "Everglades" as singular
(http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ki ... glades.htm)

The Everglades, spanning the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, is
the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. It is actually a river,
or wetland, featuring broad, shallow, slow moving water. Some call it a big swamp.

Nicknamed "the river of grass," the Everglades is home to an unusual plant called sawgrass. In some areas, the
water is barely visible because the sawgrass is so thick.

Known for its rich animal and plant life, the Everglades is the only place in the world where
alligators and crocodiles exist side by side. It is a refuge for large wading birds, such as the roseate spoonbill, wood
stork, great blue heron and a variety of egrets. Featuring temperate and tropical plants, the river holds mangrove
and cypress swamps, pinelands and hardwood hammocks.

On December 6, 1947, President Harry S. Truman dedicated the area as Everglades National Park to ensure protection
of its unique plant and animal habitats. The park is home to many endangered species, including the Florida panther.

Today, the real Everglades is one half its original size. Both federal and state governments are committed to restoring
and protecting this national treasure. There is only one Everglades.

This article said it all- "The Everglades" is a proper noun (swamp, river, a park etc) and should take a singular noun.
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I feel B generalizes the scenario.
How can waters from all 60 mile wide rivers drain into Florida bay.
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 09:50
gmatbull wrote:
Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
.

A:...
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay


Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades is/are? actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach THEIR final destination in Florida

So Everglades can be either is/are, confused on that one.

The waters is plural so any choices that refer to it as singular are wrong so C & D are out.

B says - "whose waters do take months", this sounds awkward, no need to use "do".

E states - "60-mile-wide river, and they can take", river here is singular and yet the pronoun "they' is used. Incorrect.

A is the last one standing.
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 10:12
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gmatbull wrote:
Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
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A:...
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay


Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades is/are? actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach THEIR final destination in Florida

So Everglades can be either is/are, confused on that one.

The waters is plural so any choices that refer to it as singular are wrong so C & D are out.

B says - "whose waters do take months", this sounds awkward, no need to use "do".

E states - "60-mile-wide river, and they can take", river here is singular and yet the pronoun "they' is used. Incorrect.

A is the last one standing.


There is no confusion: basically Everglades is a BIG river, here the concern are the waters, whatever Everglades is or are
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60mil [#permalink] New post 03 Dec 2012, 14:30
Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take
months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay
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A:...Correct!!!
B: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river whose waters do take months to reach
their final destination in Florida Bay do take is awkward. Also there is a big difference between do take an dcan take - one signifies definite duration and other signifies possibility or best guess
C: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, whose waters can take months to reach
its final destination in Florida Bay its - pronoun number error
D: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months
to reach its final destination in Florida Bay its - pronoun number error
E: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, and they can take months to reach their
final destination in Florida Bay what is they. they refers to waters which was lost in this sentence choice
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 18:00
What is the official answer? I feel waters is plural ans shud be refferred to by "their" instead of "its" hence "A"
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Re: Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2013, 09:18
It should be E. There seems to be no ambiguity as to what "they" refers becasue of the conjuntion "and"
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