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# Despite their cute and cuddly image, hippopotamuses -

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Despite their cute and cuddly image, hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account for more human deaths than any other creature.

(A) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account
(B) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - account
(C) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - accounts
(D) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - account
(E) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - accounts

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24 Aug 2017, 06:43
a D in my opinion.
Rest all have issues with number i.e. singular or plural.

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Despite their cute and cuddly image, hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account for more human deaths than any other creature.
(A) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account
(B) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - account
(C) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - accounts
(D) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - account
(E) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - accounts

First part: "Despite their ...", so the subject must be plural. Eliminate B and C.

Verb "account" need to agree with plural subject, eliminate E. A and D left.

Since subject is plural, "animals" is correct. Choice D
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26 Aug 2017, 01:28
elegantm wrote:
Despite their cute and cuddly image, hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account for more human deaths than any other creature.

(A) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animal - account
(B) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - account
(C) hippopotamus - Africa's most feared animal - accounts
(D) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - account
(E) hippopotamuses - Africa's most feared animals - accounts

Went with A , but I guess D is correct.
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21 Jan 2019, 03:12
Official Explanation:

The subject of the sentence, hippopotamuses, is plural, as is evidenced by the plural noun and the use of a plural pronoun (their). So hippopotamuses must be Africa’s most feared animals, also plural. While Choice (E) also makes this correction, it ruins the subject verb agreement by using the singular accounts, rather than the plural account.
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