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# Although the bite of brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal,

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Although the bite of brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

Pleasse explain the usage of "posing" and "poses" ? How to decide which is correct?
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30 May 2007, 00:51
Although the bite of brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C , D , E - Wrong
the bite of the the brown recluse spider => unnecessary "the" for spiders

My Answer : B

I dont think posing or pose make any difference here !!
posing is alright as it is used as a participle describing the previous clause .
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30 May 2007, 03:46
A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its - The bite causes the wound. Misplaced Modifier.Subject Verb.

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their - The bite causes the wound. Misplaced Modifier.Subject Verb.

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their - Misplaced Modifier.Subject Verb

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its. Subject- Verb

This is how I got the answer.

We are talking about the bite of the recluse spider and not the spider. So we can eliminate A & B.

Left with C, D & E

C & E - Eliminate - Misplaced Modifier, Subject Verb
Hence answer is D.
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02 Jul 2007, 05:14
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Although the bite of brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

Pleasse explain the usage of "posing" and "poses" ? How to decide which is correct?

subject is singular so pronouns must be singular through out the statement.

Only D has 'it' and perfect.
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10 Aug 2007, 20:02
i'm actually confused as how D is the OA and not C.

'its' in D pointing to 'bite' bites dont have poison spiders do. So, it should be 'their' to refer to spiders just as in C. Anybody?
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10 Aug 2007, 20:21
asaf wrote:
i'm actually confused as how D is the OA and not C.

'its' in D pointing to 'bite' bites dont have poison spiders do. So, it should be 'their' to refer to spiders just as in C. Anybody?

C can not be the answer because in C we are using definite article "the" to talk about a particular type of spider ( a brown recluse spider).
Now the problem is if we are talking about a particular spider then we can not use pronoun "their". We need S-V agreement so we need "it".

D is correct:

Although the bite of the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

- causes and poses are ||
- "poses to" is a correct idiom
- "its poison" means "spider's poison"

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11 Aug 2007, 04:12
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asaf wrote:
i'm actually confused as how D is the OA and not C.

'its' in D pointing to 'bite' bites dont have poison spiders do. So, it should be 'their' to refer to spiders just as in C. Anybody?

C can not be the answer because in C we are using definite article "the" to talk about a particular type of spider ( a brown recluse spider).
Now the problem is if we are talking about a particular spider then we can not use pronoun "their". We need S-V agreement so we need "it".

D is correct:

Although the bite of the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

- causes and poses are ||
- "poses to" is a correct idiom
- "its poison" means "spider's poison"

- Brajesh

Thanks Barjesh!
For somehow even though when i'm looking down on the rest of choices, I'm still thinking spiders are given as plural (as in A).
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11 Aug 2007, 06:13
asaf wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
asaf wrote:
i'm actually confused as how D is the OA and not C.

'its' in D pointing to 'bite' bites dont have poison spiders do. So, it should be 'their' to refer to spiders just as in C. Anybody?

C can not be the answer because in C we are using definite article "the" to talk about a particular type of spider ( a brown recluse spider).
Now the problem is if we are talking about a particular spider then we can not use pronoun "their". We need S-V agreement so we need "it".

D is correct:

Although the bite of the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its poison.

- causes and poses are ||
- "poses to" is a correct idiom
- "its poison" means "spider's poison"

- Brajesh

Thanks Barjesh!
For somehow even though when i'm looking down on the rest of choices, I'm still thinking spiders are given as plural (as in A).

Hi asaf,

I may try to explain more if you have any particular doubt.

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22 Aug 2007, 08:01
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A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

As BITE cannot be plural, I elimated They

Only D uses the Singular form - and "Its" correctly refer to the Spider's Poison

Correct me, if my approach was wrong
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22 Aug 2007, 12:12
asaf wrote:
i'm actually confused as how D is the OA and not C.

'its' in D pointing to 'bite' bites dont have poison spiders do. So, it should be 'their' to refer to spiders just as in C. Anybody?

The spider has the poison which it can only dispense through its bite, as heroin (which the dealer holds) has no effect until injected... baring all other ways of ingesting the stuff.
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25 Aug 2007, 00:48
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A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

As BITE cannot be plural, I elimated They

Only D uses the Singular form - and "Its" correctly refer to the Spider's Poison

Correct me, if my approach was wrong

its is referring to spider and not spider's poison. in options C and D spider is mentioned and not spiders.
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25 Aug 2007, 00:49
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A. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

B. brown recluse spiders are rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds and pose the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

C. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to their

D. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it causes chronic flesh wounds and poses the greatest danger to infants and the elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

E. the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, they cause chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who are particularly vulnerable to its

As BITE cannot be plural, I elimated They

Only D uses the Singular form - and "Its" correctly refer to the Spider's Poison

Correct me, if my approach was wrong

its is referring to spider and not spider's poison. in options C and D spider is mentioned and not spiders.
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22 May 2008, 20:11
D for subject verb agreement

"bite of the ... spider..., it .... its"
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22 May 2008, 20:17
A and B can be eliminated - D is the correct answer since C and E are also wrong - the subject verb agreement is correct only in D - the bite of the spider, it... and its.
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09 Aug 2011, 09:39
IMO it should be D , A B are usage , C vulnerbale to their is wrong , E has they which is wrong
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