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Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regener

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(A) one arm is lost it quickly replaces it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating and
The pronoun it needs to refer to the same thing. It refers to both starfish and arm in this situation.

(B) one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating and
Correct - there are no pronoun issues. Compensating is parallel with growing.

(C) they lose one arm they quickly replace it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating,
Sometimes by the animal is awkward

(D) they lose one arm they are quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating,
Pronoun issues with they and they

(E) they lose one arm it is quickly replaced, sometimes with the animal overcompensating,
Adverbial modifier issues here with , growing - eliminate
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Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it quickly replaces it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.

(A) one arm is lost it quickly replaces it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating and
(B) one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating and
(C) they lose one arm they quickly replace it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating,
(D) they lose one arm they are quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating,
(E) they lose one arm it is quickly replaced, sometimes with the animal overcompensating

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Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, 'have' a strong

Does the prepositional phrase have anything to do with the 'have' here... Starfish have a strong... May mean that strfish is being treated plural here

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Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it quickly replaces it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.

(A) one arm is lost it quickly replaces it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating and
(B) one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating and
(C) they lose one arm they quickly replace it, sometimes by the animal overcompensating,
(D) they lose one arm they are quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating,
(E) they lose one arm it is quickly replaced, sometimes with the animal overcompensating

I have a question:
Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, 'have' a strong

Does the prepositional phrase have anything to do with the 'have' here... Starfish have a strong... May mean that strfish is being treated plural here

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Hello Panoj!

You are correct in thinking that "Starfish" is a plural subject here! Whenever we talk about types of animals, we consider them plural - even if the word sounds singular. For animals, some "types" of animals sound plural, while others don't:

a dog / dogs
a slug / slugs
a bear / bears

a deer / deer
a starfish / starfish
a sheep / sheep
a fish / fish

Obviously, there are many, many more examples - but you get the idea! For this sentence, it's referring to starfish as a type of animal, not an individual starfish, so we need to treat it like a plural subject.

I hope that clears things up!
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I have a question:
Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, 'have' a strong

Does the prepositional phrase have anything to do with the 'have' here... Starfish have a strong... May mean that strfish is being treated plural here
No. The prepositional phrase doesn't affect the choice of verb in this case.

The plural of starfish is starfish itself. Even starfishes is fine. :)

Given that we know that starfish can be plural, it is okay if the sentence uses have with starfish. The sentence could have gone with the singular starfish, but then we'd need an a before starfish.

A starfish has...
Starfish have...

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