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# The army cutworm moth is a critical source of fat for as many as a thi

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12 Jun 2008, 23:49
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The army cutworm moth is a critical source of fat for as many as a third of Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears; they overturn rocks to find them, as many as 40,000 per bear in a single day.

(A) bears; they overturn rocks to find them, as many as
(B) bears; overturning rocks to find the insects, up to
(C) bears, overturning rocks to find them, as many as
(D) bears, and they overturn rocks to find them, up to
(E) bears, which overturn rocks to find the insects, as many as

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Updated on: 13 Jun 2008, 02:48
sondenso wrote:
The army cutworm moth is a critical source of fat for as many as a third of Yellowstone National Park's grizzly bears; they overturn rocks to find them, as many as 40,000 per bear in a single day.

(A) bears; they overturn rocks to find them, as many as (them is problematic here)
(B) bears; overturning rocks to find the insects, up to
(C) bears, overturning rocks to find them, as many as(them is problematic here)
(D) bears, and they overturn rocks to find them, up to (them is problematic here)
(E) bears, which overturn rocks to find the insects, as many as
(usage of which is problematic here)

Very tricky question

IMO B is the answer (does not seem to be a very elegant choice)

can i please know what is the source of this question

ok i did some research on this and would like to change my answer to E here which is a better choice than B

the problem i had with E was the usage of which but after my research (basically i googled) i found out that which is used in case of animals (check this source out -
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar ... ve-clauses)

Originally posted by vd on 13 Jun 2008, 01:29.
Last edited by vd on 13 Jun 2008, 02:48, edited 1 time in total.
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13 Jun 2008, 01:37
They and them can not refer to any antecedents. only B and E survive.
B: "overturning" indicates that moth finds insects.
E: "Which" asserts that bears find insects.

However, 4000/bear proves that BEARS are finding insects.

CHOOSE E with no doubt!
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14 Jun 2008, 07:36
lexis wrote:
They and them can not refer to any antecedents. only B and E survive.
B: "overturning" indicates that moth finds insects.
E: "Which" asserts that bears find insects.

However, 4000/bear proves that BEARS are finding insects.

CHOOSE E with no doubt!

which is being used for bears - Is this correct usage?
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Updated on: 15 Jun 2008, 01:44
GMBA85 wrote:
lexis wrote:
They and them can not refer to any antecedents. only B and E survive.
B: "overturning" indicates that moth finds insects.
E: "Which" asserts that bears find insects.

However, 4000/bear proves that BEARS are finding insects.

CHOOSE E with no doubt!

which is being used for bears - Is this correct usage?

Who refers to people. which refer to animals, groups or things.

The park's bears, which overturn the rocks to find the insections --- No problem

(B) bears; overturning rocks to find the insects, up to

the sentence after semicolon is independent clause, which requires subject.. that is missing.. so "B" is wrong.

Originally posted by x2suresh on 14 Jun 2008, 07:59.
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14 Jun 2008, 17:48
x2suresh wrote:
which refer to groups

So, I think "which" refer to "a third of....bears". So strange for me and so tricky GmatPrep. Do you know why "which" does not refer to "bears" in this case?

Thanks!
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14 Jun 2008, 19:19
The army cutworm moth is a critical source of fat for many
of Yellowstone National Park’s grizzly bears; they overturn
rocks to find them and consuming as many as 40,000 a piece
in a single day.

a similar question from gmatprep..i wonder if you copied the question properly
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15 Jun 2008, 01:50
sondenso wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
which refer to groups

So, I think "which" refer to "a third of....bears". So strange for me and so tricky GmatPrep. Do you know why "which" does not refer to "bears" in this case?

Thanks!

Hey,

I did some research on this topic and found that which can refer to animals.

"Which refers to animals and things, never to people."

http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/#40
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15 Jun 2008, 02:11
x2suresh wrote:
sondenso wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
which refer to groups

So, I think "which" refer to "a third of....bears". So strange for me and so tricky GmatPrep. Do you know why "which" does not refer to "bears" in this case?

Thanks!

Hey,

I did some research on this topic and found that which can refer to animals.

"Which refers to animals and things, never to people."

http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/#40

Many thanks x2suresh! It is really clear for me now!
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03 Jul 2013, 07:03
Can someone explain the usage of "as many as" vs "up to"
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10 Oct 2017, 20:23
I strongly feel that the answer is D
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10 Oct 2017, 20:27
E is correct .. as pronoun references of they and them issue is mitigated

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Re: The army cutworm moth is a critical source of fat for as many as a thi   [#permalink] 10 Oct 2017, 20:27
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