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Alpacas’ fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market

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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.


A. 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

B. 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

C. 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

D. 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

E. 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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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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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:



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 market value 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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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
RUN on SENTENCE
• 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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