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Now that the ice in the Arctic Circle is melting, Canadian officials are asserting sovereignty over the Northwest Passage because they fear that if they do not claim it, their regional security will always be threatened.
A. if they do not claim it, their regional security will always be threatened
B. without a claim, their regional security is threatened
C. their regional security will always be threatened unless they claim it
D. without it, their regional security would always be threatened
E. their regional security would always be threatened without a claim to it


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please explain the difference between A and B.
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"It" correctly refers to "Northwest Passage". Why is choice A incorrect?
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"It" correctly refers to "Northwest Passage". Why is choice A incorrect?


The author probably considers the pronoun "it" ambiguous because of the two possible antecedents "ice" and "Passage".
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AR15J wrote:
"It" correctly refers to "Northwest Passage". Why is choice A incorrect?


The author probably considers the pronoun "it" ambiguous because of the two possible antecedents "ice" and "Passage".


Thanks sayantanc2k, but I still have a confusion. Please help

Usually, we say, if only one antecedent makes the logic sense, then usage of the pronoun is correct.

To me, the noun that makes logical sense, in this case, is Passage only( ice does not make sense). As Canadian officials are asserting sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, they will claim Northwest Passage only. so "it "clearly refers to "Passage". Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks
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sayantanc2k wrote:
AR15J wrote:
"It" correctly refers to "Northwest Passage". Why is choice A incorrect?


The author probably considers the pronoun "it" ambiguous because of the two possible antecedents "ice" and "Passage".


Thanks sayantanc2k, but I still have a confusion. Please help

Usually, we say, if only one antecedent makes the logic sense, then usage of the pronoun is correct.

To me, the noun that makes logical sense, in this case, is Passage only( ice does not make sense). As Canadian officials are asserting sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, they will claim Northwest Passage only. so "it "clearly refers to "Passage". Correct me if I am wrong. Thanks


A sentence by itself should be sufficient to clear the ambiguity, and it is preferable that one's knowledge is not required to deduce the correct antecedent. However in absence of another option that does not have this ambiguity, such an option is acceptable as correct answer.
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Now that the ice in the Arctic Circle is melting, Canadian officials are asserting sovereignty over the Northwest Passage because they fear that if they do not claim it, their regional security will always be threatened.
A. if they do not claim it, their regional security will always be threatened
B. without a claim, their regional security is threatened
C. their regional security will always be threatened unless they claim it
D. without it, their regional security would always be threatened
E. their regional security would always be threatened without a claim to it


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Hi, the reason why I didn't go with B was it was missing "always". The questions has it and the other options have it as well. While it doesn't change the overall meaning, the idea of being threatened now, and always being threatened (in the future) is what made me sway away from B.
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