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# Pronoun Revision: The United States Navy announced that

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

The United States Navy announced that, beginning next year, they plan to close several of their bases in order to reduce operating expenses.

A. they plan to close several of their bases

B. they are planning to close several of their bases

C. it plans to close several of its bases

D. they plan several closures of their bases

E. it plans to close several of their bases
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26 Feb 2015, 23:30
The subject of the sentence is "the United States Navy", which is singular. However,
in the underlined portion, the Navy is incorrectly replaced by the plural pronouns
"they" and "their."
(A) This choice is the same as the original sentence.
(B) This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronouns "they" and "their."
(C) CORRECT. This choice correctly uses "it" and "its" to refer to "the United States
Navy."
(D) This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronouns "they" and "their."
(E) This choice incorrectly uses the plural pronoun "their" though it does correctly use
the singular pronoun "it."
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The answer is C. United States Navy is singular.
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27 Feb 2015, 01:02
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I believe the answer should be C based on the following reasoning:

Since the "United States Navy" is a collective noun and we are referring to the entire Navy as one, it will take a singular verb and pronoun. So, eliminate options A, B, D and E. In E although 'they' is replaced with 'it', the 2nd error i.e. 'their' is not corrected.
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28 Feb 2015, 06:30
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

The United States Navy announced that, beginning next year, they plan to close several of their bases in order to reduce operating expenses.

A. they plan to close several of their bases

B. they are planning to close several of their bases

C. it plans to close several of its bases

D. they plan several closures of their bases

E. it plans to close several of their bases

ans C... The United States Navy is singular, and only C follows it
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01 Mar 2015, 22:35
OA and OE posted. Kudos to the contibutors.
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20 May 2015, 09:15
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The United States Navy announced that, beginning next year, they plan to close several of their bases in order to reduce operating expenses.

Navy = Collective Noun ( Referring to a group/Organisation) hence a singular pronoun must be used.

A. they plan to close several of their bases - Incorrect reference " They "

B. they are planning to close several of their bases - Incorrect reference " They "

C. it plans to close several of its bases - Hold it

D. they plan several closures of their bases - Incorrect reference " They "

E. it plans to close several of their bases

Option C and E remains.

it plans to close several of their bases - Incorrect reference " Their "

Only (C) remains , that is the answer ..
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20 May 2015, 22:51
"United States Navy" is singular .. so the pronoun should be singular "it" C is the correct answer
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13 Mar 2017, 11:01
The United States Navy announced that, beginning next year, they plan to close several of their bases in order to reduce operating expenses.

A. they plan to close several of their bases

B. they are planning to close several of their bases

C. it plans to close several of its bases

D. they plan several closures of their bases

E. it plans to close several of their bases

United States Navy is collective singluar noun and it should be referd by singular pronoun..'They' is wrong and so is 'their'

Option A,B,D,and E are eliminated and we are left with option C,which is correct.

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