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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

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Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.


D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.

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manhasnoname wrote:
inactived wrote:
Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

Can someone explain why "..... fund intended to..." is working on this sentence? I can't understand what role does "intended to" play here?

Many thanks



Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.


D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.


In a sentence shouldn't all the possessives refer to one antecedent? Going by this, the sentence reads as "state's economy" and "its oil reserves". Since there is only one state (Alaska) in question here

state refers to Alaska

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its refers to state's => Alaska's

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Why is D incorrect? In D it is clear that the state's oil reserves, in C this clarity is missing.


D is wrong because of ambiguous pronoun "its" - "its" could refer to " Alaska" / "state" or "economy". A possessive pronoun may have a non-possessive antecedent.


In a sentence shouldn't all the possessives refer to one antecedent? Going by this, the sentence reads as "state's economy" and "its oil reserves". Since there is only one state (Alaska) in question here

state refers to Alaska

and

its refers to state's => Alaska's


Perhaps my explanation was clear: The pronoun "its" may have two antecedents - "Alaska" (or "state") AND "economy". Therefore the pronoun "its" is ambiguous.

(Note: There is no such rule as "In a sentence all the possessives refer to one antecedent" whatsoever.)

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Alaska regularly deposits some of its profits from the sale of oil into a special fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves.
(A) fund, with the intention to sustain the state’s economy after the exhaustion of its oil reserves
(B) fund, the intention of which is to sustain the state’s economy after they have exhausted their oil reserves
(C) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted
(D) fund intended to sustain the state’s economy after exhausting its oil reserves
(E) fund that they intend to sustain the state’s economy after oil reserves are exhausted

The only issue with the answer choices is the pronoun references its & they . They is plural and its is singular.

They can not refer to Alaska as it is a singular noun. Its can refer to Alaska,state or economy.

Please let me know if there are any other errors we can identify.

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Ans is C.

A is wrong for ambigous "its". C is unambigously says what is intended in the main sentence.
One more reason for why A is wrong: read it as "Alaska does smth with the intention to sustain smth" - guys sorry but it is a completely perfect bullsh*t. Alaska is a piece of land.
Ask yourself can a piece of land have intentions??!


Sorry for asking but I cannot completely get your idea. "Alaska is a piece of land. Ask yourself can a piece of land have intentions??!"
It seems that "Alaska" here definitely refers to people in charge/administrative body of the state who may deposit the state's profit from the sale...
Ask yourself can a piece of land deposit its money???

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A: Incorrect - Dont really know what with the intention refers to - fund or Alaska
B: Incorrect - they does not have an antecedent
C: Correct
D: Incorrect - exhausting its oil reserves; Its could refer to economy or Alaska
E: Incorrect - they does not have an antecedent

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