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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches
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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches

Possessive noun's are not good antecedents. => eliminate a,b and c. Five pounds of fleece is plural => D wins.
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08 Oct 2012, 10:42
Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches

Possessive noun's are not good antecedents. => eliminate a,b and c. Five pounds of fleece is plural => D wins.

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08 Oct 2012, 10:45
Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches

Possessive noun's are not good antecedents. => eliminate a,b and c. Five pounds of fleece is plural => D wins.

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08 Oct 2012, 11:15
Also, we have S-V error. Five pounds of fleece is plural but in A, B and E we have singular verb 'fetches'. So, eliminate A, B, E.
Using While and even though in a single clause makes C awkward.
So, D wins.
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09 Oct 2012, 04:16
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Five pounds – Plural, fetches – singular (Eliminate A,B and E)
Also in A and B, the use of ing form in “bringing” is too wordy
Between C and D, “its” does not have a clear antecedent. (Eliminate C)

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09 Oct 2012, 06:46
Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches

Ok.. let's break it down and analyze.

A. the original sentence.
Alpacas' : possessive plural noun to plural subject fleece
The subject here is fleece. The usage of plural "their" is ambiguous and does not indicate the noun it is referring to. Secondly, "fetches" is singular verb that does not match the plural subject "fleece".

B. "in comparison with" is incorrect idiom. It should be "in comparison to" or "compared to". "fetches" is incorrect too as explained above.

C. D. and E get rid of the possessive noun, thereby making it direct and simpler. Let's see ahead.

C. "its" is a possessive pronoun while the subject is not a subject noun: "fleece". Does not match.
E. "worth of the alpha's fleece" is unnecessarily wordy and awkward. "fetches" is a problem again with "fleece".

D is the best choice with the subject noun as "fleece" and its pronoun being "animal's" rather than its. "fetch" goes correctly with "fleece"
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09 Oct 2012, 20:33
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The subject here is fleece. The usage of plural "their" is ambiguous and does not indicate the noun it is referring to. Secondly, "fetches" is singular verb that does not match the plural subject "fleece".

Hi Edvento/Shouvik

Nice explanation. Can you just tell me one thing as to why you have made “fleece” the subject of the clause “five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240”. Is it not that fleece is marked with a preposition “of”?

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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches

here is my take on this problem. pls feel free to correct me.

1/ Possessive cannot be used as an elimination criteria here
for example : Jane’s first novel was so well received that that her skeptical husband also started appreciating her writing style
here both "her" can be replaced with JANE's
Full version : Jane’s first novel was so well received that that JANE's skeptical husband also started appreciating JANE's writing style
Same deal with the original sentence.

2/ Some nouns can be singular or plural, which totally depends on the context. For example "FISH" - this is both sig and plural so only context / non-underlined portion can tell you. but here
Alpacas, watever that is, can be both sig and plural, but since there is no such context hence we cannot use plurality here as an issues.

3/ Stuffs after semi colon needs to follow clause

4/ Eventhough / although / even / as are used as conjunction. For example : Even If I knock down 10 beers, I will be able to drive my car. (both the left and right are clauses)

BACK TO THE ANSWER CHOICE IN THEIR ENTIRETY

• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.

We are comparing fleece's worth vs Alpacas's worth so the 1st half would be ;-> Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to Alpacas 'market value - this is legit (we dont know whether Alpacas is sing of plural so cant use its/their to kill any options)
But the 2nd half is a problem :we don't have a clause -> even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240, a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000
- So drop this one.

• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
(we dont know whether Alpacas is sing of plural so cant use its/their to kill any options) and same reason as A, no clause afer semicolon.

• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only \$80 to \$240.
Again problem after semi-colon cant use both "while" and "eventhough" in 1 sentence because of this there is no independent clause!

• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only \$80 to \$240.
Makes sense in all aspect.

• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240

5 pounds doesn't agree with "fetches". Also "worth" is placed in the wrong location.

Side note : 100 pounds of chicken "IS" enough to feed 100 Siberian tigers. (I dont think "are" would make sense here, on the similar lines "five pounds of fleece fetches" also makes sense.... little iffy here abt this! )

Word up!

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Side note : 100 pounds of chicken "IS" enough to feed 100 Siberian tigers. (I dont think "are" would make sense here, on the similar lines "five pounds of fleece fetches" also makes sense.... little iffy here abt this! )

I think "fleece fetch only \$80 to \$240" is the clause where ths subject fleece(plural) agrees with the verb fetch(plural).

Edvento, I take my question back. Thanks Jp27 for your "iffy" reply.
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guys official OE is as follows:
The original sentence contains several errors. First, the pronoun "their" logically
refers to alpacas; however, since the word alpacas' is in possessive form, it is
an awkward antecedent for any pronoun (although it is technically legal to refer
to a possessive noun with a possessive pronoun such as "their").

Second, the singular verb "fetches" is paired with the plural noun phrase "five pounds
of fleece." Third, the use of the semicolon is improper. A semicolon can correctly be
- 90 -
used to separate two independent clauses (subject + verb). Here, however, what
follows the semicolon is not a clause since it can not stand alone as a sentence.
• (A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
• (B) This choice does not remedy the pronoun issue, merely replacing "their"
with "its". The "its" now seems to refer to "fleece"; however, it is not the marketue of the fleece to which the Alpacas' fleece is being compared. This
choice also does not correct the subject-verb or semicolon problems.
• (C) This choice does not remedy the pronoun issue, merely replacing
"their" with "its". The "its" now seems to refer to "fleece"; however, it is
not the market value of the fleece to which the Alpacas' fleece is being
compared.

• This choice does fix the semicolon issue. Nevertheless, the construction
"while... even though..." is awkward, since it presents two successive
contrasts. The subject-verb issue ("pounds fetch") has been corrected.
• (D) CORRECT. The pronoun issue is solved by replacing the pronoun "the
animal's." The semicolon correctly separates two independent clauses. The
"while" correctly separates two contrasting ideas, and the verb "fetch" agrees
with "pounds."
• (E) The subject-verb disagreement remains ("pounds fetches)". Moreover,
describing "worth" as "little" is awkward in this context; a better choice would
be "low." Nonetheless, the pronoun issue is remedied by replacing "their" with
"the animal's". The semicolon is used correctly here (two clauses).
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12 Oct 2014, 05:51
Hi, can someone please help me explain why "five pounds" is singular here? I learned that "Plural nouns used as the titles of courses or subject areas or as measurements or units of quantity (dollars, pounds, inches) take a singular verb"

Example:

- Humanities has a long, involved reading list.

- I weighed myself, and twelve pounds has to go!

- Forty miles seems a long way to walk in one day.

- Is \$2,500 a good price for this car?

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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
RUN on SENTENCE
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
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• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch Redunandcy.
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch

• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches Agreement Error
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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only \$80 to \$240.
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches
• Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing
upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches
• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch
'it' refers to 'The fleece of the alpaca'
It changes the meaning of the statement. Wrong

• The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding specimen
can bring upwards of \$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch

Correct.
• The worth of the alpaca’s fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal’s market value; a top breeding
specimen can bring upwards of \$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches
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