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Cows have been sacred in India for centuries, and it is still regarded today as a holy creature by Hindus, most of whom are strict vegetarians.

A. it is still regarded today as a holy creature

B. it is still regarded today as holy creatures

C. they are still regarded today as holy creatures

D. they are still regarded today as being a holy creature

E. being still regarded today as a holy creature


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New post 06 Nov 2013, 01:56
The problem with the original sentence is that "it" can only refer to India (the only singular noun in the first clause) and thus the sentence is totally illogical. India is not regarded as a holy creature, cows are. Thus the right answer choice needs to change the pronoun "it" in the second clause into the plural form "they." We have just eliminated two first answers. Answer D is redundant, we don't need the v-ing form "being". Moreover, the singular form "holy creature" does not match the plural pronoun "they." Answer E, finally, repeats the same mistake that we see in D. Moreover, the whole sentence is flawed because answer E does not include a conjugated verb and in the end our sentence consists of a clause and a fragment conjoined with "and."
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Answer C
- Here, any pronouns or nouns that refer to "Cows" must be in the plural form. This means that, in the original sentence, "it" and "creature" should be in plural form. Look for an answer choice that accomplishes this. A quick scan reveals that (C) is the only answer choice that does so. Therefore, (C) is the correct answer. Do read the whole sentence with (C) just to make sure.

Choices (A) and (B) incorrectly use the singular "it" to refer to the plural "Cows". (A), (D) and (E) incorrectly use the singular "a holy creature" to refer to the plural "Cows". Also, (E) creates a fragment. That leaves us with our correct answer, (C).
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The subject of this sentence is the plural noun "cows." Hence, any pronoun or other word that refers to "cows" must be in the plural form. This means that, in the underlined portion, the singular "it" and "creature" are incorrect. Eliminate (A).

A quick vertical scan reveals a 2-2-1 split at the beginning of the choices, with (A) and (B) using the singular "it," (C) and (D) using the plural "they," and (E) getting rid of the pronoun altogether. With regard to "creature," there is a 3-2 split, with (A), (D), and (E) using the singular "creature" and (B) and (C) using the plural "creatures." Combining the two splits together, it appears that only (C) uses a proper plural pronoun and noun. Expect to choose (C), but examine the other choices to be sure nothing was overlooked.

As noted, (A) uses incorrect singular forms of "it" and "creature" to refer to the plural "cows."

(B) uses the incorrect singular "it" to refer to the plural "cows."

(D) uses the correct plural "they," but it refers to "cows" as "a holy creature." Since "cows" is plural, what is needed is the plural holy creatures.

(E) not only uses the singular "a holy creature" to refer to the plural "cows" but also creates a fragment. Something more is expected at the end of the sentence: "and being still regarded today as a holy creature by Hindus, most of whom are strict vegetarians ..." what? Eliminate (E).

(C) changes the singular "it" to the correct plural "they," and it changes the singular "a holy creature" to the correct plural "holy creatures." (C) introduces no new errors and is therefore correct.

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Cows have been sacred in India for centuries, and it is still regarded today as a holy creature by Hindus, most of whom are strict vegetarians.

A. it is still regarded today as a holy creature
Cows-plural, it - singular

B. it is still regarded today as holy creatures
Cows-plural, it - singular

C. they are still regarded today as holy creatures
CORRECT. Cows-plural, they - plural. "Regarded as" is the correct idiom.

D. they are still regarded today as being a holy creature
"Regarded as" is the correct idiom.

E. being still regarded today as a holy creature
- This sentence is a fragment
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