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Although the baseball team practiced more diligently that year than their prior years, in the end it still lost the championship to the opposing team.

A. their prior years
B. they had in prior years
C. in prior years
D. they had for any prior years
E. in their prior years

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The answer C.
Only the option C doesn't use the ambiguous "their" or 'they"

Also. In the sentence, the team is singular (See "it" mentioned. So all other options are incorrect.
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"The baseball team" is collective noun and singular. In addition, we can see the non-underlined part, pronoun "it" is placed clearly to refer "the baseball team". Thus, any option that has "they/their" is incorrect.

Although the baseball team practiced more diligently that year than their prior years, in the end it still lost the championship to the opposing team.

A. their prior years
Wrong. Pronoun problem.

B. they had in prior years
Wrong. Pronoun problem.

C. in prior years
Correct.

D. they had for any prior years
Wrong. Pronoun problem.

E. in their prior years
Wrong. Pronoun problem.

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Okay, if u rnt able to understand that which choice is best then look at the second part of the sentence which isnt underline, that part is using IT. thus u cant use any choice that is using THEY or THEIR. only choice C is right
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TEAM is a collective noun, which is accompanied by a singular pronoun. Since options A,B,D and E all have plural pronouns for TEAM they are automatically eliminated, leaving us with option C.

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Official Explanation :

The original sentence uses the pronoun their. The pronoun refers to the baseball team, which is singular, and thus should not be replaced by a plural pronoun. Eliminate (A).

Choice (E) also uses the possessive pronoun their, so (E) is also incorrect.

The remaining choices are split between using they and omitting the pronoun altogether. The pronoun they is also plural and inappropriately refers to the baseball team, so (B) and (D) are incorrect.

Choice (C) draws the appropriate contrast and contains no plural errors, so (C) is the correct answer.
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