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Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned.


A) Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned.

B) Like the Great Horned Owl, the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has few natural predators, yet its population dwindled to almost nothing until DDT was banned.

C) The Bald Eagle, like the Great Horned Owl, America’s national bird, has little natural predators, but their population having dwindling to almost until DDT had been banned.

D) The Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has a very small number of natural predators, as does the Great Horned Owl, but its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT is banned.

E) The Bald Eagle, which is America’s national bird, has few natural predators as the Great Horned Owl, as its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT was banned.

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Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned.

A) Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned.
Usage of Being = be + ing (present continuous) is wrong. Because Bald Eagle is America's national bird - a fact which has to be stated in simple present. Another blatant error is in the pronoun usage. 'to the point of ddt being banned' is ungrammatical too.

B) Like the Great Horned Owl, the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has few natural predators, yet its population dwindled to almost nothing until DDT was banned.
Looks good. No pronoun error. Yet is the co-ordinating conjunction contrasting the two independent clauses. Comparison is correct.

C) The Bald Eagle, like the Great Horned Owl, America’s national bird, has little natural predators, but their population having dwindling to almost until DDT had been banned.
little for countable nouns is wrong usage. their seems to refer to predators and not the eagle. dwindled to 'nothing' is the proper usage (which is missing)

D) The Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has a very small number of natural predators, as does the Great Horned Owl, but its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT is banned.
comparison of bald eagle having small number of predators with that of great horned owl seems good. but is a coordinating conjunction and hence must be followed by an independent clause. The italicized part is not a clause - no verb.

E) The Bald Eagle, which is America’s national bird, has few natural predators as the Great Horned Owl, as its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT was banned.
comparison is wrong. We are comparing bald eagle having .. with great owl. 'as' breaks the contrast. 'verb' needed after population.

Clearly, B is the correct answer.
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There are two issues to clarify even in B, the supposedly correct answer.

First, is the owl a predator as the text seems to convey by the wording -- predators like owl—or is it just another bird?

Second, what does the pronoun - its - antecede? eagle or owl?

Of course other choices are mere jumbles of words; so, have we to accept B as the best among the worst?
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There are two issues to clarify even in B, the supposedly correct answer.


Second you daagh. I'd the same doubts while solving this question. But B is certainly the best choice. :)

Think such questions won't appear in the real thing! :)
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Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned.

A) Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned - Being is wrong. Great Horned Owl is shown as an example or to show similarity fro natural predators instead of comparing with Bald eagle. Their must be Its. Being banned is wrong. Little must be few for Countable noun.

B) Like the Great Horned Owl, the Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has few natural predators, yet its population dwindled to almost nothing until DDT was banned - Correct

C) The Bald Eagle, like the Great Horned Owl, America’s national bird, has little natural predators, but their population having dwindling to almost until DDT had been banned - modification error.It is not clear which noun is 'America’s national bird'' is modifying. Little must be Few. Their must be Its. Present participle 'Having' and Past Perfect 'Had been' is not correct here.

D) The Bald Eagle, America’s national bird, has a very small number of natural predators, as does the Great Horned Owl, but its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT is banned - Main verb is missing if dwindling is working as auxiliary verb or A verb is missing if dwindling is working as present participle/modifier.

E) The Bald Eagle, which is America’s national bird, has few natural predators as the Great Horned Owl, as its population dwindling to almost nothing until DDT was banned - There must be complete sentence after As. Is shows that Great Horned Owl is mentioned as one of the examples for predators. Main verb is missing if dwindling is working as auxiliary verb or A verb is missing if dwindling is working as present participle/modifier.
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Split #1: "little" vs. "few". Natural predators is something one can count, so when we are talking about a limited number of something we can count, the correct word is "few" — the phrase "few natural predators" in (B) and (E) is 100% correct, the phrase "little natural predators" in (A) and (C) is completely wrong, and the phrase "a very small number of natural predators" in (D) is technically correct but very wordy — we would only go with that as a last resort.

Split #2: the conjunction opening the second part of the sentence. What we need is a contrast — the Bald Eagle has few predators, which you think would mean it would naturally thrive. By contrast, because of DDT, its numbers were dwindling. Expect high number, get low numbers — that's a contrast. We need a contrast word for the conjunction. The word "yet" in (B) and "but" in (C) & (D) provide this strong contrast, whereas the "and" of (A) and the "as" of (E) are insufficient.

Split #3: the appositive. Choices (B) & (D) have the proper appositive construction — they name the "Bald Eagle", and then a comma for the non-vital appositive description "America's national bird." (C), through a misplaced modifier, attributes the status of national bird to the wrong bird. (A) has an awkward "being" construction, and (E) constructs a longer, more awkward phrase. Clearly, the appositive structure of (B) & (D) is the best among these choices.

Split #4: missing verb. We need a full noun + verb construction, a complete clause. Four of the five answers make the "missing verb" mistake, with participles like "dwindling" or "having dwindled" instead of a bonafide verb; only (B) has a genuine verb, "dwindled."

That's more than enough to isolate (B) as the best answer.
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