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# Rather than confining the animals to cages, the zoo's lions currently

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Rather than confining the animals to cages, the zoo's lions currently live in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.

A) the zoo's lions currently live in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
B) the zoo designed a special environment for its lions in which the animals currently live in a mimic of their natural habitat.
C) the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
D) the zoo's lions currently live in a special environment that the zoo designed to mimic their natural habitat.
E) the zoo currently houses their lions in a special environment designed to mimic their natural habitat.
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26 Sep 2009, 18:35
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IMO C. whats OA?

this is a modifier problem
Who is confining animals? zoo..
so Pick between B, C or E
B: wordy and wrong
C: right
E: uses special environment in a wrong sense. Also zoo is referred as their it should be "its lions"
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26 Sep 2009, 20:45
IMO C.

Modifier Rather than confining the animals to cages modifies zoo. So A and D out.
Zoo is singular, so their in E is wrong.

Awkward construction in B.
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01 Jul 2011, 23:21
in C, 'it' refers to zoo, can some one answer, does it make sense? that zoo has designed it...
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02 Jul 2011, 06:51
I agree with most of you that the choice should be C. But here is my doubt about "C":

C) the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.

There are two nouns present in this sentence before second "IT": zoo and environment. Isn't it ambiguous?
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28 Jun 2015, 23:59
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in C, 'it' refers to zoo, can some one answer, does it make sense? that zoo has designed it...

Rather than confining the animals to cages, the zoo's lions currently live in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.

A) the zoo's lions currently live in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
B) the zoo designed a special environment for its lions in which the animals currently live in a mimic of their natural habitat.
C) the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
D) the zoo's lions currently live in a special environment that the zoo designed to mimic their natural habitat.
E) the zoo currently houses their lions in a special environment designed to mimic their natural habitat.

Rather than confining...housing =====>parallelism
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31 Dec 2015, 02:38
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When you have such doubts, take the replacement test.

Original C) the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.

Modified: 1.the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that the zoo specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
Modified: 2. the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that the environment specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.
Which is more logical now? You can see there is no need for any ambiguity doubt. In C, the ‘it’ does refer to the zoo only.
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27 Jan 2016, 09:12
If its C, can somebody tell me whether is it possible for an adverb- 'currently' to modify gerund-'Housing' ??
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28 Jan 2016, 01:42
sguptashared wrote:
I agree with most of you that the choice should be C. But here is my doubt about "C":

C) the zoo is currently housing its lions in an environment that it specially designed to mimic their natural habitat.

There are two nouns present in this sentence before second "IT": zoo and environment. Isn't it ambiguous?

Your observation is correct. However please note that a subject pronoun in one clause often refers to a noun in subject position in another clause. In general, subject nouns make strong antecedents for subject pronouns, even when there is another eligible noun in the predicate portion of the other clause. In such cases, the sentence may be accepted as a correct answer although there may be a sight pronoun ambiguity. Nonetheless please ensure that there are other more serious errors in the other answer choices and there is no other problem with the sentence. Hope this explanation helps.
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28 Jan 2016, 02:05
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If its C, can somebody tell me whether is it possible for an adverb- 'currently' to modify gerund-'Housing' ??

The main verb of the sentence is is housing. The adverb currently refers to this verb correctly.

Now consider the following two cases:

Case I: modifying a gerund: You may use an adjective to modify a gerund to emphasize the nominal aspect (i.e., it is a noun). e.g., His quick thinking saved the accident.

Case II: modifying a present participle: Alternatively you may use an adverb if you want to modify the action aspect of the present participle. e.g. The horse ran across the field breathing heavily.

In your post, it appears that you meant that a present participle (rather than a gerund) is being modified. In that case, it is alright to use an adverb.

Hope this explanation clarifies your question.
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28 Jan 2016, 10:32
Currently is modifying not just ‘housing’, but ‘is housing’. ‘Is housing’ is a present progressive tense verb. ; So, there is nothing unusual about an adverb modifying the verb within which is it is housed.
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06 Apr 2019, 02:46
OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

Choice C is correct. The modifier "rather than confining the animals to cages" correctly describes the subject "the zoo." Answer choice A incorrectly uses "zoo's lions" as the subject of the opening modifier "rather than confining the animals to cages." This implies that the zoo's lions made the choice not to confine themselves to cages. Answer choice B is incorrect because it uses the wordy and awkward phrases "in which the animals currently live" and "in a mimic of their". Answer choice D incorrectly uses "zoo's lions" as the subject of the opening modifier "rather than confining the animals to cages." This implies that the zoo's lions made the choice not to confine themselves to cages. Answer choice E is incorrect because "zoo" is singular but is matched with "their," a plural pronoun.
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08 Aug 2019, 23:43
In C, Can anyone please tell me how "its" can be used to refer zoo. Its is plural and zoo is singular.

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09 Aug 2019, 03:01
a12bansal wrote:
In C, Can anyone please tell me how "its" can be used to refer zoo. Its is plural and zoo is singular.

Hi a12bansal, this is the funny thing about it.

it: Singular
its: possessive of singular it
it's: it is

There is no such thing as plural its. It, by very definition, can only refer to a non-person singular.
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