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# nice Gmat prep question. plural/singular

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Hi everyone.
here is the question that brings doubt into my soul, can you help?
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while the test I eliminated all answers with the plural pronoun (a,b and e), because the MONKFISH as a sort of fish should demand ITS depletion. So why the of.ans. is A? using THEIR. There is no hint on the fishes who are in the monkfish family.
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22 Sep 2009, 04:09
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Can't the monkfish be used as a plural in this context? There aren't plural forms for many types of fish such as tuna and I think it's the same for monkfish. The collective noun would be 'school' for fish and that would be singular but I think in the above context monkfish is plural.

So if you eliminated singular pronouns you're left with A, B and E.
A Correct
B Ambiguous use of pronouns.
E doesn't really make sense what is "depleting"

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FIRST OF ALL: FISH IS BOTH SINGULAR AND PLURAL SO THE USAGE OF "ITS"/"THEIR" BOTH ARE CORRECT
LETS LOOK AT THE OPTIONS NOW:

B) "UNLIKE THOSE OF COD AND HADDOCK" IS CORRECT BUT "UNLIKE COD AND HADDOCK" IS NOT
"CONTRIBUTES TO" EXPECTS A NOUN OR PRONOUN BUT NEVER A PARTICIPLE CLAUSE "DEPLETING"
"THEY ARE BEING OVERFISHED" IS A ERRORNEOUS FORMATION IN THIS CONTEXT

C) THERE ARE "LEGAL LIMITS" FOR C BUT NOT ("LEGAL LIMITS") FOR Y..IS INCORRECT
SHOULD BE: THERE ARE LEGAL LIMITS OFR X BUT NONE FOR Y
"WHICH" HAS NO ACTECENDENT
"ITS" IS CORRECT

D) "UNLIKE THOSE OF COD AND HADDOCK" IS CORRECT FORM AND NOT "UNLIKE COD AND HADDOCK"
"WHICH" HAS NO ACTECEDENT
"ITS" IS CORRECT
"BEING OVERFISHED" SHOULD BE "OVERFISHING" A NOUN FORM

E) "SIZE LIMITS ON CATCHING" IS INCORRECT FORMAT...."CATHCING" SHOULD HAVE BEEN
"THE NUMBER OF FISH THAT CAN BE CAUGHT"
"CONTRIBUTING" IS A PARTICIPLE CLAUSE WITHOUT ANY SUBJECT.THE BELOW IS CORRECT
THERE ARE SIZE LIMITS FIXED ON THE NO OF MONKFISH THAT CAN BE CAUGHT,CONTRIBUTING TO...

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22 Sep 2009, 23:26
Hi everyone.
Now I agree with Yangsta8

here what I've found in the collins dict.

monkfish
noun, plural -fish or -fishes
1) Also called: goosefish any of various anglers of the genus Lophius
2) another name for the: angel shark

tuna I
noun, plural -na or -nas
1) Also called: tunny any of various large marine spiny-finned fishes of the genus Thunnus, esp T. thynnus, chiefly of warm waters: family Scombridae. They have a spindle-shaped body and widely forked tail, and are important food fishes 2) any of various similar and related fishes

Thanx sasen, very useful expl.
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