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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

a. their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment As fast as + rate is Causing redundancy issue.
b. their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut As fast as + rate is Causing redundancy issue.
c. growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment Incorrect ||ism
d. they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
e. they grow naturally, with their feed allotment --> Awkward construction. What feed allotment? This sentence is not conveying the full meaning.
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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

a. their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment

b. their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut

c. growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment

d. they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment

e. they grow naturally, with their feed allotment
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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

(A) their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
(B) their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
(C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(E) they grow naturally, with their feed allotment

Could you help with the pronoun in this problem? Does pronoun "they", "their" and "them" refer to "fish"?
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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

(A) their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
(B) their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
(C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(E) they grow naturally, with their feed allotment

D correctly establish comparison.
A compares growth rate to fish.
B repeats the mistake of A.
C we do not need participle modifier growing . It tells that fisherman grow fish naturally which does not make sense
E with is not required in the sentence
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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

(A) their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
(B) their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
(C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
(E) they grow naturally, with their feed allotment

Could you help with the pronoun in this problem? Does pronoun "they", "their" and "them" refer to "fish"?


Yes, your understanding is correct. Note that "fish" is plural (singular and plural forms are the same).

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Hi mikemcgarry, GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo,

Sorry for bumping up this old thread, but I still don't quite understand how I could figure out what the "they" in choice D refers to - suppliers or fish? Also, are there any rules on figuring out the correct pronoun antecedent?

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Hi mikemcgarry, GMATNinja, GMATNinjaTwo,

Sorry for bumping up this old thread, but I still don't quite understand how I could figure out what the "they" in choice D refers to - suppliers or fish? Also, are there any rules on figuring out the correct pronoun antecedent?

Dear imawolf,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

The first thing I will say is that the pronoun-antecedent relationship is quite sophisticated. It cannot be summarized by simple mechanical rules. It can be influenced by word placement, grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

Here's the OA version, (D):
To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special diets.

Here, on aspect is word placement. What's the closest noun to "they"? The closest noun is "fish." That's one connection. Second is the connection to the repeated word "growing . . . grow." This is a very odd verb, because when we say "suppliers are growing fish," it's actually the "fish" that are doing the "growing." The verb "to grow" is odd in this way: when we say, "The farmer is growing corn," really, it's the "corn" that's "growing," and the farmer merely creates the conditions in which the corn can grow. Thus, at the first appearance of this word, the fish are doing the "growing," so when "they grow" appears again, the logical connection is to the "fish." That cements the connection.

Does all this make sense?
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Thanks mikemcgarry for your quick and clear answer!

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The structure as…as is used to compare things that are of similar proportion.
In this case the first as acts as an adverb modifying the adjective or adverb that goes after it. The second as can act as a preposition or conjunction. If it is used as a preposition, it will be followed by a noun or pronoun. If it is used as a conjunction, it will be followed by a clause.


He is as cunning as a fox. (Here the first as in this construction modifies the adjective cunning. The second as modifies the noun fox.)

He drove as fast as he can. (Here the first as modifies the adverb fast and the second as modifies the clause ‘he can’.)

You can eat as much as you want.

She is as tall as her brother.

He is as good a cook as his wife is! (NOT He is as a good cook as his wife is.)

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