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# In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members

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In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members of their tribe;for instance,children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their light weight and ingenious construction.

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their
(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their
(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are
(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's
(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's
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24 Nov 2014, 00:03
In option E, is "these craft's" correct? these is plural and craft's is singular. I think wording should have been these crafts' in option E.
I chose A.
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24 Nov 2014, 00:23
In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members of their tribe;for instance,children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their light weight and ingenious construction.

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their - their wrongly refers to children and adults. they are able to maneuver not because of their self light weight but because of light weight of equipment. Eliminate A
(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their - it is possible --distort the intended meaning of original sentence.
(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are -- they are able to have --No meaning/distort the intended meaning of original sentence. ambiguous referent for They, Eliminate option
(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's -- they are able to have --No meaning/distort the intended meaning of original sentence. ambiguous referent for They, Eliminate option
(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's -these crafts correctly refers to equipment-Correct
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01 Jan 2015, 11:42
In A, their is modifying kayak's , right??
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01 Jan 2015, 18:39
This is a clear case of pronoun ambiquity.
All options except E does not resolves "their" or "they""pronouns.
Plus option B tries to distort the original meaning.

Hence option E.
imnk wrote:
In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members of their tribe;for instance,children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their light weight and ingenious construction.

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their
(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their
(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are
(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's
(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's
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04 Jan 2015, 01:22
imnk wrote:
In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members of their tribe;for instance,children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their light weight and ingenious construction.

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their
(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their
(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are
(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's
(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's

A - 'their' can not refer to kayaks.
B - same as (A)
C - 'they' does not have an antecedent
D - 'they' does not have an antecedent; Also, 'kayak maneuvering by children and adults' sounds awkward and indirect - 'able to maneuver' is much more concise
E - Correct. 'craft's' clearly refers to kayaks.
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04 Jan 2015, 03:16
Though I got it correct, I have a question here.
Why do we think that A and B have pronoun ambiguity. If we look at the non underlined part it mentions "construction". Now their replaced with "Children and adult" doesn't make sense. Hence their == kayaks.
The reason why I chose E was "these craft's", but I am not sure if that should be the only reason. Request others to share their inputs.
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04 Jan 2015, 11:45
JarvisR wrote:
Though I got it correct, I have a question here.
Why do we think that A and B have pronoun ambiguity. If we look at the non underlined part it mentions "construction". Now their replaced with "Children and adult" doesn't make sense. Hence their == kayaks.
The reason why I chose E was "these craft's", but I am not sure if that should be the only reason. Request others to share their inputs.

'their' is usually used to refer to animate/ living objects only. I have not seen their used to refer to some non living objects
Hence the pronoun 'their' does not have a proper antecedent.
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imnk wrote:
In Eskimo culture,equipment is designed for use by almost all members of their tribe;for instance,children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their light weight and ingenious construction.

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their
(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their
(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are
(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's
(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's

(A) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of their Pronoun ambiguity

(B) it is possible for children and adults to maneuver kayaks as a result of their Pronoun ambiguity

(C) they are able to have children and adults maneuver kayaks since they are Pronoun ambiguity

(D) they are able to have kayak maneuvering by children and adults because of the kayak's Pronoun ambiguity

(E) children and adults are able to maneuver kayaks because of these craft's
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13 May 2018, 01:22

craft

When referring to vehicles, “craft” is both singular and plural. Two aircraft, many watercraft, etc. Do not add an “S.”

But when referring to hobbies and skills such as “woodcrafts” or “arts and crafts” adding an “S” in the plural form is standard.

Source:
1) https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/31/crafts/
2) Collins Dictionary

desaichinmay22 wrote:
In option E, is "these craft's" correct? these is plural and craft's is singular. I think wording should have been these crafts' in option E.
I chose A.

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