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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

Originally posted by mbunny on 03 Sep 2007, 19:18.
Last edited by hazelnut on 03 Jun 2017, 01:32, edited 3 times in total.
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It seems you didn’t quite understand how to split a sentence into its clauses. I would strongly recommend you to revisit the basics of clauses and get a firm grasp on identifying clauses before proceeding any further.

Having said that, let me break the given sentence for you.
To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and seafood, suppliers are
o growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate,
o cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and
o raising them on special diets.

The given sentence contains only a single clause. However it contains a list as shown.

Now let's discuss the errors in this sentence:
Error 1
Now observe this sentence.
Suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate.
This sentence has incorrect elliptical usage. This sentence can actually mean either of the following two:

a. Suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as suppliers are growing their natural growth rate.
b. Suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate is growing fish.

But both these sentences do not make sense and are illogical.

Consider the following simple examples to get an idea on ellipsis.
i. Mike runs faster than a horse (Mike runs faster than a horse runs)
ii. George likes milk better than coffee. (George likes milk better than he likes Coffee)

Now compare these correct usages with the incorrect elliptical usages of the given sentence mentioned above. You can clearly see that the ellipsis used in the given sentence doesn’t make sense. This is a major error in the given sentence.

Error 2
Also, there is another usage error in the sentence.
Observe that “growth rate” is described as “fast”
Let us take a parallel for better understanding

Rate = speed
Now which one of the following do you think is correct?
Speed is fast. OR
Speed is more/higher.
Saying “speed is fast” is definitely incorrect.
“Speed is more than something” or “Speed is higher than something” is appropriate
On similar lines, growth rate cannot be faster. Growth rate can be higher.
This is another error in the given sentence.

Error 3
Coming to the pronoun ambiguity, lets first apply our pronoun framework:

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.

1: What is the logical antecedent of "their", "they"?
Logically these pronouns must refer to "fish".

2: Are there any other nouns in plural (since the pronouns are plural), that could be referred to by these pronouns?
Yes, these pronouns could refer to "suppliers". Thus, there appears to be ambiguity.

3: Is there any answer choice that solves this ambiguity?
No, all answer choices have similar structure.

Thus, in this question, pronoun ambiguity is acceptable to a certain degree. This question exemplifies the fact that pronoun ambiguity rules are hazy and we must not eliminate answer choices right away based on this error. We must first eliminate the answer choices based on other more definite error types - SV, verb, parallelism, modifiers

You can read the framework for “Pronoun Ambiguity” here.
You can find references to OG Questions dealing with Pronoun ambiguity in the following links

Concluding Remarks
Your explanations for eliminating the other options can be less ambiguous and more detailed. So with the above sentence structure in mind, I would like you to solve the question again and come up with the solution.

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judokan wrote:
To meet the rapid 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 diet.

(A) ...
(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 cut

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate
-->
growing fish by suppliers twice as fast as fish natural growth rate

comparing growing fish with rate
Incorrect comparison A, B -- out

C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
who is growing them naturally.. I don't think, we grow them naturally.. (they (fish) grow themselves naturally).

D)
suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as they grow naturally
growing fish by suppliers[/u] twice as fast as [u]fish grow naturally

proper comparision.
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D it is

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 (OUT)
b. their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut (OUT)
c. growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment (we can shorten: suppliers grow fish twice as fast as they grow them naturally, but not suppliers grow fish twice as fast as growing them naturally -> so OUT)
d. they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment (parallelism with raising)
e. they grow naturally, with their feed allotment (forbids parallelism with rasing -> so OUT)
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07 Sep 2007, 05:05
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D for me. A and B out for ambiguous pronoun reference.

C out for poor construction. suppliers are growing the fish twice ----, cutting--- and raising------.
This is the parallel construction correctly presented in D.
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B and E can be taken out because of lack of parallelism
Among A, C and D, A can be taken out because of faulty comparision

For ex:- The correct way is - I'm going twice as fast as you do. the elements of comparison( in the bold) should be consistent(subject or object but not both). The ideal comparison should be between a subject form and a subject form or between an object and another object.
Incorrect :- I'm going twice as fast as the normal speed

In C the comparison is between fish and sea food(subject form) and them(object form) hence C is incorrect

Therefore D is correct.

PS:- It was only after knowing OA, that I could make sense out of the sentence..... I worked backwards

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01 Feb 2009, 20:39
To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and sea food, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them as special diet.

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 cut

ABC - improper comparison.
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27 Aug 2009, 08:08
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if you realize the parallelism of the sentence (cutting and raising) you can eliminate b,c,e

The problem then comes to deciding between A and D. In principle the pronoun they should refer to suppliers, but since is absurd to say that suppliers are growing as fast as suppliers grow naturally, we can assume that they refer to fish.

The main problem with A is the comparison

Consider this example

I run as fast as Michel does. Correct
I run as fast as Michel's speed rate

I think this is an incorrect comparison, since you are compering an action "running" with a noun "rate".
I hope someone can explain this better
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27 Aug 2009, 23:45
Hussain15 wrote:
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
if you realize the parallelism of the sentence (cutting and raising) you can eliminate b,c,e

Cutting & raising are parallel in "C"as well, but you said its not the case so you eliminated b,c & e

Can you kinldy calrify??

You're completely right option C contains parallelism but not a proper comparison.

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as growing them naturally

even if we assume no ambiguity for the pronoun them, the comparison, I think, is not correct.

First a gerund is not the correct tense for a event that happens "naturally"

I'm driving as fast as driving normally. This is not correct, I don't think you can use present continuous to describe a normally or a naturally action.

I think that the sentence reads

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as [suppliers are] growing them [the fish] naturally
so suppliers are growing the fish naturally and at the same time are growing the fist twice fast?
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13 May 2010, 05:04
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To meet the rapidly rising market demand for fish and sea food, suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them as special diet.

A. their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
B.their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
their - refers here to suppliers
C. growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
D. they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
E. they grow naturally, with their feed allotment cut

D - is the correct answer
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16 May 2010, 18:54
A. their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
Comparison problem, growth rate is not "fast"
B. their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
"growing" and "cut" is not parallel and has the same comparison problem as A
C. growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
suppliers don't grow the fish naturally
D. they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment
E. they grow naturally, with their feed allotment cut
"growing" and "cut" not parallel
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12 Jun 2010, 15:10
God forbidden SC ! I really didn't like it. All the choices seem wrong. D is best among the worst.

(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment >> Answer

Are you saying suppliers will grow naturally? This is non sense.

they refer to fish ----> fish grow naturally (twice as fast as the rate suppliers are growing fish)

To meet the rapid 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 diet.
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To meet the rapid 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 diet.

(A) ...
(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 cut

D - "they" doesn't refer to suppliers but to fish: fish is plural as well.

One could say:

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as they, the fish, grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment by nearly half and raising them on special (them = the fish, plural again) diet.

ps: perfect parallelism...
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14 Jun 2010, 12:16
As far as I know, British English has this philosophy not American. Rule of proximity doesn't exist on gmat. But I need a second opinion.

beraterschwein wrote:
Fish is closer to "they" than "suppliers" i guess
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Hey All,

I was asked to take this one on by private message. So here I am!

What the hell...where is this question from? Friends, never trust a question that isn't grammatically correct in the non-underlined portion. Just ignore it. What's "Special diet"? Do they mean "A special diet"? I don't trust this.

I'd also add that even though we don't have a choice, "they" and "their" are REALLY ambiguous pronouns, possibly referring to "suppliers" or "fish".

To meet the rapid 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 diet.

(A) their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
PROBLEM: As many have said, this is a comparison issue. There are two pieces here, and they should be interchangeable (grammatically). Right now, this says "suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate". That's a verb "are growing" compared to a noun "their natural growth rate". You can't do that.

(B) their natural growth rate, their feed allotment cut
PROBLEM: Same as above. Also, the part after the comma is an odd fragment now. "Cutting" is a present participle, which is what we use when we want to modify the entire previous clause. "Cut" is a past participle, and we don't use it this way.

(C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
PROBLEM: In this comparison, we still need someone to be doing the "growing", which doesn't make any sense (nobody needs help growing naturally).

(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment

(E) they grow naturally, with their feed allotment cut
PROBLEM: Same as the second part of B.

Hope that helps!

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Be careful dkverma,

A bunch of answer choices (A, C and D) have that parallelism...you need to go deeper.

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06 Sep 2010, 14:35
TommyWallach wrote:
To meet the rapid 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 diet.

(A) their natural growth rate, cutting their feed allotment
PROBLEM: As many have said, this is a comparison issue. There are two pieces here, and they should be interchangeable (grammatically). Right now, this says "suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate". That's a verb "are growing" compared to a noun "their natural growth rate". You can't do that.

(D) they grow naturally, cutting their feed allotment

(E) they grow naturally, with their feed allotment cut
PROBLEM: Same as the second part of B.

Hope that helps!

-tommy

So the only problem with A (compared to D) is the first part i.e. "their natural growth" vs "they grow naturally", rest being common for both A and D.

Tommy has said for the explanation of A that "That's a verb "are growing" compared to a noun "their natural growth rate". You can't do that.".

For D, how come "are growing" when compared to "they grow naturally" valid?

Really confused.
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13 Sep 2010, 21:24
Thanks Tommy. Can someone update OA on question. I read all 3 pages to know OA
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OA is D.
I hope the below ans helps you. nice thread and explanation:
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x2suresh wrote:
judokan wrote:
To meet the rapid 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 diet.

(A) ...
(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 cut

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate
-->
growing fish by suppliers twice as fast as fish natural growth rate

comparing growing fish with rate
Incorrect comparison A, B -- out

C) growing them naturally, cutting their feed allotment
who is growing them naturally.. I don't think, we grow them naturally.. (they (fish) grow themselves naturally).

D)
suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as they grow naturally
growing fish by suppliers[/u] twice as fast as [u]fish grow naturally

proper comparision.

suppliers are growing fish twice as fast as their natural growth rate
-->Their is possessive so it should be fish's not fish
growing fish by suppliers twice as fast as "fish's" natural growth rate
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