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# Counting each of its nine planets and their many moons, there is

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31 Aug 2017, 06:37
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Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there is 162 known and accepted celestial bodies in our solar system.
(A) Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there is
(B) Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there are
(C) Counting each of the nine planets and its many moons, there is
(D) Counting each of the nine planets and its many moons, there are
(E) Counting everyone of the nine planets and their many moons, there are

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31 Aug 2017, 08:53
I will go with D

Counting each of the nine planets and its many moons, there are

each is singular so needs " Its"... "of the nine planets" is prepositional phrase.
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31 Aug 2017, 09:06
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Rule: each takes a singular verb, so options B,D and E are out.
Option A uses "their" possessive noun, which is incorrect reference.
So answer choice D is correct.

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01 Sep 2017, 00:09
elegantm wrote:
Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there is 162 known and accepted celestial bodies in our solar system.
(A) Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there is
(B) Counting each of the nine planets and their many moons, there are
(C) Counting each of the nine planets and its many moons, there is
(D) Counting each of the nine planets and its many moons, there are
(E) Counting everyone of the nine planets and their many moons, there are

Each requires " its "
After the comma the subject and verb has been reversed. Consider this :" 162 known and celestial bodies ARE there in our solar system"
Hence we need " its " and " ARE ".
Only D satisfies this.

E is awkward although there is no pronoun or verb error.

Hope the explanations help to some extent.
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what is the source of this question?
I google it, but I cannot trace the source. Thus, the question is unlike to appear in the actual test.
Also, I think the question needs to be modified.
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23 Nov 2017, 01:39
SunshineStories wrote:

Rule: each takes a singular verb, so options B,D and E are out.
Option A uses "their" possessive noun, which is incorrect reference.
So answer choice D is correct.

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I do not understand your post, but I think we need an opinion from an expert on this question.
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23 Nov 2017, 01:40
it seems to me that there is no clear distinction between B and D.
Do you agree with me that the question needs to be modified, or the source is unreliable?
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Whoever wrote this doesn't quite understand the underlying grammar. We are counting each of the bodies--planets and moons, and so here "their" clearly refers to planets. This is justified by two things:

1) Grammar: We have only the plural word "planets" in all 5 choices, so there is no antecedent for "its." We can't say "that probably means planet." The word actually has to appear in the sentence.
2) Meaning: Not all the planets have many moons. The planet I live on just has one! :D So clearly, we can't say "its many moons" about each planet.
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04 Dec 2017, 16:34
DmitryFarber wrote:
Whoever wrote this doesn't quite understand the underlying grammar. We are counting each of the bodies--planets and moons, and so here "their" clearly refers to planets. This is justified by two things:

1) Grammar: We have only the plural word "planets" in all 5 choices, so there is no antecedent for "its." We can't say "that probably means planet." The word actually has to appear in the sentence.
2) Meaning: Not all the planets have many moons. The planet I live on just has one! :D So clearly, we can't say "its many moons" about each planet.

1/ So, what are we going to do with this post?
2/ Is the source unreliable?
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