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# Even though the Mt. Everest team began the expedition with more provis

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Even though the Mt. Everest team began the expedition with more provisions than they had in any previous year, its food lasted through only the first twelve days of the climb.

A. they had in any previous year

C. they had for any previous year

D. in their previous years

E. it had in any previous year

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"Team" is singular on the GMAT, a collective noun, so we can eliminate (A), (B), (C), and (D) right away. This should be an easy-question for anyone who has a good grasp on Pronouns. They even give you the clue "it" in the non-underlined portion at the end. Don't ever take the non-underlined for granted!
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06 Mar 2019, 23:30
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Bunuel wrote:
Even though the Mt. Everest team began the expedition with more provisions than they had in any previous year, its food lasted through only the first twelve days of the climb.

A. they had in any previous year

C. they had for any previous year

D. in their previous years

E. it had in any previous year

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

E

This sentence contains a pronoun error. Team is singular, so the underlined portion should read it had…All but one of the answer choices repeat the error.

(A) No. Team is singular, so the pronoun should be it, not they.

(B) No. Team is singular, so the pronoun should be it, not their. Also, this choice makes it sound as though the years had provisions.

(C) No. This contains the same pronoun error as the original sentence: Team is singular, so the pronoun should be it, not they.

(D) No. Pronoun error again—Team is singular, so the pronoun should be it, not their.

(E) Yes. This answer choice fixes the stem’s pronoun problem by replacing the plural they with a singular it.
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Even though the Mt. Everest team began the expedition with more provisions than they had in any previous year, its food lasted through only the first twelve days of the climb.

A. they had in any previous year

C. they had for any previous year

D. in their previous years

E. it had in any previous year

The correct answer is E. This is a relatively straightforward question, but contains an instructive lesson nonetheless. The portion of the sentence underlined is ALWAYS entirely correct in terms of language and grammar, and therefore, gives you clues as to what the underlined portion should be.

In this case, "Mt. Everest team" is a single entity and should take on singular pronouns and conjugations. Even though there may be multiple members in a team, when described as one, they act as a single unit. An example of this would be "My family is very dysfunctional", where family is a single entity, versus The members of my family are very dysfunctional, in which the subject is now the plural "members".

Hence, the use of either they/their is incorrect, and this helps us eliminate A, B, C & D! Of course, However, when it comes to differentiating between singular and plural for some more complex words ('government' is always singular, media is always plural), the GMAT is often quite generous, and gives you a clue in the non-underlined portion (in this case, the word 'its' tells you that the team HAS to be singular). Make sure to read the whole sentence, and use the clues in the part of the sentence that is guaranteed to be correct to solve the rest!

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