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# Companies conducting offshore drilling operations

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30 Mar 2018, 12:38
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Companies conducting offshore drilling operations in the northern Artic region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are responsible for the decrease in pollution levels in the region.

(A) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are

(B) region, maintaining that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area, are

(C) region maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(D) region that maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(E) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area, which is

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30 Mar 2018, 17:45
itisSheldon wrote:
Companies conducting offshore drilling operations in the northern Artic region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are responsible for the decrease in pollution levels in the region.

(A) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are

(B) region, maintaining that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area, are

(C) region maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(D) region that maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(E) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area, which is

Please can anyone tell why B is wrong. I marked c as wrong because i couldnt find its noun for 'is'.
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31 Mar 2018, 00:12
+1 for C is there refers to compliance so I hope it's singular hence I chose C. If any other explanation pls let me know.
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31 Mar 2018, 06:52
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Meaning Analysis

Companies conducting offshore drilling operations in the northern Artic region maintain
that their compliance with regulations
that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area
are responsible for the decrease in pollution levels in the region.

This sentence talks about the companies that carry out their offshore drilling operations in the northern Artic region. These companies assert that the pollution levels in the region have decreased because these companies comply with certain regulations. These regulations refer to the safety of marine life in the area.

Error Analysis

The plural verb “are” does not agree with the singular subject “their compliance”. This is the only error in the sentence. This error can be rectified by changing “are” to “is”.
Quote:
A) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are

Incorrect: This choice has the error pointed out in the error analysis.
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B) region, maintaining that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area, are

Incorrect:
1) The subject “their compliance” doesn't have a verb.

2) ‘That’ should introduce a dependent clause here. It is followed by the noun “their compliance”, but there is no verb for “their compliance”.

3) According to this choice, the companies are responsible for the decrease in pollution levels. This is not the intended meaning of the original sentence.
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C) region maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

Correct:
This choice changes the plural verb “are” to “is”, rectifying the only error in the original sentence. Also, the verb-ing modifier “pertaining” conveys the same meaning that is conveyed by “that pertain” in the original sentence since it correctly refers to the preceding noun “regulations”.
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D) region that maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

Incorrect:
1) This choice introduces a new clause by putting the dependent marker “that” after “region”. Now, there is no verb for the subject - “companies”.
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E) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area, which is

Incorrect:
1) There is no verb for the subject “their compliance”.

2) The referent of the “which” modifier is not clear. It illogically seems to refer to “safety of marine life in the area”.
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01 Apr 2018, 23:22
itisSheldon wrote:
Companies conducting offshore drilling operations in the northern Artic region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are responsible for the decrease in pollution levels in the region.

(A) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are

(B) region, maintaining that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area, are

(C) region maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(D) region that maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(E) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area, which is

(A) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area are

(B) region, maintaining that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area, are

(C) region maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(D) region that maintain that their compliance with regulations pertaining to the safety of marine life in the area is

(E) region maintain that their compliance with regulations that pertain to the safety of marine life in the area, which is
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03 Apr 2018, 07:33
How would one select between option (A) and option (C) if option (A) had an 'is' in the end? How does one compare between 'that pertain to' and 'pertaining to' in such a scenario?
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