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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

I m totally lost.I know its an pronoun error choosing between "they" and "it/its". how do you deduce which one is the right?
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02 Nov 2009, 07:44
Bite is the noun. should be refer-ed by it and it's.

IMO D.
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02 Nov 2009, 07:53
we need to use it so left with

(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

in C posing the greatest danger to the infant should is modifying flesh wounds. thats wrong.....................

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02 Nov 2009, 10:30
Something is wrong, I'm not convinced with any of the choices. Though, D sounds better than the rest.
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02 Nov 2009, 11:02
1. Bite is the subject, so subject-verb agreement, verb must be singular.
Eliminate A,B which uses "are"

2. Bite is singular, pronoun must be parallel.
Eliminate E, which uses "they"

3. Sentence isn't listing items, so there shouldn't be a comma. Also posing the greatest danger isn't modifying chronic flesh wounds.

So D.
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02 Nov 2009, 11:11
RaviChandra wrote:
we need to use it so left with

(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

in C posing the greatest danger to the infant should is modifying flesh wounds. thats wrong.....................

Clear "D". In "C" using "their" to refer to spider is incorrect.
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03 Nov 2009, 08:18
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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

I m totally lost.I know its an pronoun error choosing between "they" and "it/its". how do you deduce which one is the right?

Bite is the cause of the wounds so correct one should be 'it causes' so A,B,E out.
out of C & D, D is correct because its correctly refer to 'the brown recluse spider'
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10 Nov 2010, 19:43
I understand A & B are incorrect because of sub-verb agreement.

C and E distort the meaning by saying that flesh wound, not the poison, poses the greatest threat.

Edit. never mind my earlier question.
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10 Nov 2010, 20:12
kirankp wrote:
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

'the bite of' is singular; therefore requires singular form. So A,B and E are out.
Causes...wounds and posing ...danger are consequences and should be parallel structure. Option C violates this.

IMO D
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11 Nov 2010, 08:42
Its D
"the brown recluse spider is rarely fatal, it (refers to bite, singular) causes chronic flesh wounds, posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly, who (refers to children and elderly) are particularly vulnerable to their (refers to spider, singular)

C is wrong because "spider" and their at the end does not match.
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11 Nov 2010, 10:49
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'the bite of' is singular; therefore requires singular form. So A,B and E are out.
Causes...wounds and posing ...danger are consequences and should be parallel structure. Option C violates this.

IMO D

Just wanted to bring this out that there is nothing wrong with the logical meaning of choice C per se. posing the greatest danger to the infant and elderly is a Participial phrase and is modifying the entire clause it causes chronic flesh wounds. There is nothing wrong with this sense and is perhaps even the preferred sense, since the original sentence is also in this form.

The issue with C is presence of their. their could possibly refer to the infant, the elderly or flesh wounds, but in any of these cases, the meaning is non-sensical.
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Thanks @EducationAisle for clarifying it further.
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b/w c and d

if we look at the words in the end..

in c..it says "their" poison
in d..it says "its" poison

n poison should be of the br solders and not of the bite.
"its poison" means posion of the bite but not of the brs..which should be the other way round

kindly help me on this.
so why not c
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15 Sep 2014, 03:16
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so why not c

With C, the sentence would be:

Although the bite of 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 poison.

their, a plural pronoun, cannot refer to either spider or bite, both of which are singular.
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11 Jul 2016, 02:43
A. singlar plural pronoun error

B. cause and pose
to the same level is incorrect

C.pronoun number error

D. same error as B

E is correct

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