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Does this pronoun have a logical antecedent?

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Hi e-gmat / GMATClub Mods,

I bought e-gmat Sentence correction module this week.

In the pronoun module pre-assessment quiz there is a sentence correction quiz as follows:

Both Oilbras and Petrobas, state oil companies based in Brazil, discovered vast deepwater reserves that Oilbras is developing with a five year,$174 billion investment program.

Select the choice that is grammatically correct

1. Oilbras is developing
2. It is developing
3. Petrobras is developin.
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The correct answer choice seems to be (2) - It is developing. What is the antecedent to the singular "It"? To me this choice appears to be wrong. If you are referring to "Brazil" then this sentence is ambiguous and a better choice would be to replace "It" with probably "the country" or "Brazil" or if the antecedent is the 2 company names then it being singular cannot be pointing to this plural antecedent. Kindly clarify urgently.

Regards, Senthil

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