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# Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which

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11 Jun 2017, 01:36
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Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

First look: Grammatical construction, logical predication - In general, anytime there is a cause and effect relationship, test-makers have a field day in switching the position of relationship so as to form other answer choices. Typically, if the relationship is constructed with appropriate verb forms, the inverted relationship stands. That said, it's important to stay disciplined and test each clause for its proper components - i.e. verb form, logic predication, etc.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while "while" signifies at the same time and "ranged once" was past tense, so I thought the sentence was illogical.

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but Correct - "They" agree with the pronoun in the non-underlined section of the sentence. The sentence is inherently wordy, so I looked for a better one first.

C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still Wrong - "But still" is redundant. "Because of their living" is awkward and nonsensical. "solely almost" is reversed and non-sensical.

D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although Wrong - "Now living" is an dangling modifier.

E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since "Solely almost" is reversed, awkward, and non-sensical. Also, I think this answer choice is wordy

Hi,

Can you help me understand how we identify the antecedent of a pronoun? For example, in option B, both "Elk" and "Rocky Mountains" are plural, so why can't "they" refer to "Rocky Mountains" ?

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Can you help me understand how we identify the antecedent of a pronoun? For example, in option B, both "Elk" and "Rocky Mountains" are plural, so why can't "they" refer to "Rocky Mountains"?

B. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

Let's replace the pronoun in question with possible contenders and see which makes sense.
1. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that the Rocky Mountains are mountain dwellers, but

2. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that Elk are mountain dwellers, but

It is clear why the mountains cannot be the referent for 'they'
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VishalOne wrote

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Can you help me understand how we identify the antecedent of a pronoun? For example, in option B, both "Elk" and "Rocky Mountains" are plural, so why can't "they" refer to "Rocky Mountains"?

B. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

Let's replace the pronoun in question with possible contenders and see which makes sense.
1. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that the Rocky Mountains are mountain dwellers, but

2. The fact that Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that Elk are mountain dwellers, but

It is clear why the mountains cannot be the referent for 'they'

Thank you for taking time to reply to my query!!!
Can you clarify my following doubt:
it is easy to infer logically from the context that "they" should refer to "Elk". However, grammatically there are two possible antecedents for the pronoun "they". Don't you think this means there is pronoun ambiguity?
Kindly correct me if I am wrong.
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No. Not all; Pronoun ambiguity arises only when two logical referents are there for a pronoun and not when there is only one logical referent and just another or several other 'also - ran' contenders.Logic is supreme in pronoun reference.
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Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since
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17 Jun 2017, 00:01
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02 Sep 2017, 22:15
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After elimination A & B remain.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while

If I ignore the modifying phrase "which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers", the sentence would become:

Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

The sentence becomes nonsensical.

B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but

Although wordy, B coveys the idea correctly.

two things to look at here.......
1. the Fact....singular ........referenced by it
2. elk now LIVE........plural they.....

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25 Sep 2017, 11:45
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Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

'E' - incorrect - usage of 'would be' - a future tense. Also usage of 'Since' incorrect

'C' - incorrect - same as 'E'

'A' - incorrect - 'it' - Ambiguous and Farway Antecedent

'D' - incorrect - 'were' and 'now' doesn't reconcile.

Hence 'B' will be my choice of answer

Can you please explain from answer choice B what is the antecedent for " it" as in the sentence ELK is plural?
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25 Sep 2017, 12:41
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Can you please explain from answer choice B what is the antecedent for " it" as in the sentence ELK is plural?

Hello arijitdas31,

The pronoun it in the correct answer choice is just a placeholder. When used as a placeholder, it does not refer to any noun in the sentence. It just occupies the subject or the object place in the sentence. For example:

It was raining last night.

Thunderstorm makes it impossible to fix the roof.

Same is the function of pronoun it in this official sentence.

Hope this helps.
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29 Oct 2017, 11:51
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No. Not all; Pronoun ambiguity arises only when two logical referents are there for a pronoun and not when there is only one logical referent and just another or several other 'also - ran' contenders.Logic is supreme in pronoun reference.

Not just that, the sentence does give a hint that Elk is used as plural...by saying...'Elk not live', instead of saying 'Elk now lives'
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Let's try to solve this question as fast as possible!!

Meaning: Current Elk habitat suggest they live in the Rockz, but they actually lived somewhere else before.
We are looking for a contrast here.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
=> No contrast, gone.
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
=> Looks ok.
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
=> Meaning fine, but double "would" = awkward, "their living" = ridiculously awkward
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
Now living modifies placeholder "it" in "it would seem" => gone.
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since
=> No contrast, gone.

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06 Dec 2017, 13:26
A. 'which' refers to the mountains and not the phenomenon - incorrect
B. Correct
C. No 'but' parallelism. Also, 'because of their living' is an incorrect idiom
D. 'Now living..' needs to modify Elks
E. two independent sentences separated by comma is a run on. Incorrect

singh_amit19 wrote:
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since
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