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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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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.
This sentence has word usage error. The sentence states that farmers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate. Or in other words, that the growth rate is twice as fast as natural growth rate. The use of adjective “fast” with growth rate is incorrect. Lets consider a similar construction: Change rate to speed. Both show change of measure per unit time. Now to describe speed we say:

Speed is more – Correct
Speed is higher – Correct
Speed is fast – Incorrect.
Car is driving fast. – Correct
Thus, on similar lines:

Growth rate is fast. – Incorrect
Growth rate is high. – Correct
Fish can grow faster – Correct
This choice should not be eliminated because of apparent pronoun error. It is important to clarify this aspect since if we eliminate an incorrect answer choice for incorrect reason, we may end up marking incorrect choice as the correct answer. We will apply the pronoun framework discussed here and see if this question has pronoun error.

The pronouns in question are two occurrences of “their”. The pronoun “them” is in non-underlined portion of the sentence. So there will not be any error related to this pronoun. However, we may consider this pronoun as well in our analysis for the sake of complete analysis of the sentence in terms of pronouns.

Choice A: Idiom Error as explained above.

Choice B: Parallelism Error: The sentence has a list as shown in the meaning analysis. This list is not parallel in this choice. The list per this choice is:

their feed allotment cut…
raising them…
Choice C: Meaning Error – This choice changes the intended meaning of the sentence and in fact while doing so renders the sentence illogical. Remember that the original sentence states that suppliers are growing fish faster than the fish grows naturally. Thus, two different rates of growth are being compared.

Rate at which suppliers grow the fish
Rate at which fish grow naturally.
Now choice C states “suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as growing them naturally”. Now the two rates being compared are as follows:

Rate at which suppliers grow the fish
Rate at which someone grows the fish naturally. – This part changes the intended meaning of the sentence – fish grow on their own – and makes the sentence illogical – one cannot grow fish and say that this is natural growth.
Choice D: No Errors

Choice E: Parallelism Error: As discussed in Choice B.

Thus, Choice D is the correct answer.
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