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# The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high

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The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada has become severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it as an endangered species in the near future.

(A) severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it
(B) severe enough so that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list them
(C) severe enough for it quite possibly to be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
(D) so severe that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list it
(E) so severe that they could well be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
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18 Jul 2007, 19:18
I had to go between D and E, but in E, they (which is the wrong pronoun) should refer to the frog(which is singular!!)
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18 Jul 2007, 19:55
arent we talking abt yellow legged frog species here?
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18 Jul 2007, 20:24
I would prefer D here.

In E there is S-V problem (we are talking about a # legged frog) and also E is passive compared to D
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19 Jul 2007, 03:07

E is wrong because of the "they" which is wrong in reference to the
"The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog" .

The correct statement for E should be
-so severe that they could well be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service so severe that it could well

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19 Jul 2007, 05:57
clearly D

In E they is plural and where as frog is singular
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19 Jul 2007, 07:48
yes, the OA is D
but why not A????
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19 Jul 2007, 08:49
stevegt wrote:
yes, the OA is D
but why not A????

severa enough is not idiomatic but "so .....that" is.

D is clear and concise.
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19 Jul 2007, 09:02
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wouldnt it refer to "decline" in D?

I'm curious too. Why does the it refer to the frogs rather than the decline?
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19 Jul 2007, 09:40
The decline [of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada] has become severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it as an endangered species in the near future.

Removing the unnecessary part in the above statement in bold and considering that the subject of the sentence."it" refers to decline.
Am i missing something?
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19 Jul 2007, 09:43
stevegt wrote:
yes, the OA is D
but why not A????

"x...enough" illogically implies that the decline was a goal.
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13 Jun 2011, 06:15
+1 D

so (adj.) that is the correct idiom.
In E, they doesn't have a clear antecedent.
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13 Jun 2011, 08:46
Answer is D. Strucute is of the form:SO X that Y- So Severe that the united states----
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20 Aug 2013, 10:54
Appreciate experts views on the use of pronoun 'it'. To me it is ambiguous.
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i disagree [while i am practicing]. this is an official Q. ambiguity must be removed.
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05 Jan 2015, 18:07
I was able to eliminate E and B based on the fact that they and them are wrong pronouns references .
C is passive and not preferred , but i cannot seem to eliminate OA a ?
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05 Jan 2015, 22:50
what is wrong with A?

is it the idiom which is wrong ? so X that why ?

whats wrong with ''has become severe enough''?
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The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada has become severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it as an endangered species in the near future.

Intended Meaning

The sentence is talking about two things. 1. The decline of frog. 2. United States Fish and Wildlife Service could enlist the frog as an endangered species. These two things happens independently and the first one is not deliberately causing the second.

(A) severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it
Incorrect : This option alters the intended meaning. The intended meaning is that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could list the frog as endangered because of the decline in its numbers. This option implies that the frog intended to be severe enough to be listed
(B) severe enough so that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list them
Incorrect : 1. Meaning issue 2. The pronoun "them" cant refer back to frog as frog is singular
(C) severe enough for it quite possibly to be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Incorrect : Same meaning issue as in A
(D) so severe that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list it - Correct. The pronoun it refers back to its logical antecedent "frog"
(E) so severe that they could well be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Incorrect : The pronoun "they" cant refer back to frog as frog is singular
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