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The European Union announced that cod and mackerel are the only fish that exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow fishermen to catch.

a. exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
b. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
c. exceeds its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
d. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
e. exceed their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow

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D.
simple case of singular and plural
european union should be considered singular(collectively)---similar to united states
eg:- US is the only country to...
therefore answer should have "it" and end with "it allows"
eliminate A,E and B.
cod and mackerel , plural---so exceed
eg:- he excels, they excel
so answer is D.
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D.
simple case of singular and plural
european union should be considered singular(collectively)---similar to united states
eg:- US is the only country to...
therefore answer should have "it" and end with "it allows"
eliminate A,E and B.
cod and mackerel , plural---so exceed
eg:- he excels, they excel
so answer is D.



What about the "fish" ? is it singular?
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that is inserted to throw you off. not many people know that fish(singular) has two types of plural fish(plural) and fishes.
eg:- i have other fish to fry
so here it is plural. ideally it should be fishes as "fish(plural)" is used to denote many members of one species and "fishes" to denote many number of several species
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To overcome the hurdle whether fish is singular or plural, focus on the verb "exceed" it refers to fish -"cod and mackerel" so in this sentence fish is plural. so Option C is the answer.

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To overcome the hurdle whether fish is singular or plural, focus on the verb "exceed" it refers to fish -"cod and mackerel" so in this sentence fish is plural. so Option C is the answer.


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excuse me, but in this case should be better to see the verb ARE to understand if fish are plural or singular, so after we can see the verb exceed and make the split....in fact the correct answer is D with plural verb.

exceed (parallel with are) its (UE) new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows (UE)

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TomB i think u made a typo C says "exceeds" not "exceed". did u mean D? because fish(plural) exceed is the correct usage.
ex:- boys(plural) exceed , boy(singular) exceeds

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sorry for the typo ,it is option D

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Just saw the dictionary - fish = plural.

Just read vinzycoolfire explanation ! This one is brutal. yes the OA has to be D.

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SC is made to look like "fish" is at issue when it is not.

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exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that IT allows [is this it refers fish]
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The second "it" cannot be for fish. it belies the common sense that fish will "welcome" anyone to catch it.

From the explanations above both the "it" and "its" are meant for the org called the E U.

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D. Fish - plural, Union - singular

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nice question..I went for C but I know why it is "D"

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My 2 cents.
The European Union announced that
cod and mackerel are the only fish that
exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that
they allow
fishermen to catch.

1: Who exceeded the new requirements?
>>Cod and Mackerel; It would need plural verb so exceed not exceeds.
2: The European Union is sing.
>>"it" is req. instead of "their" to refer EU.

a. exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
b. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
c. exceeds its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
d. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
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The European Union announced that cod and mackerel are the only fish that exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow fishermen to catch.

a. exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
b. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
c. exceeds its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
d. exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
e. exceed their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow

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Just clear one thing !!!

If you say plural exceed to be used in this case i.e. in D then in D why after end , it allows (Singular form) has been used, there is discrepancy
in D,

C looks more sustainable in the case at issue.

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In D, ‘exceed’ is used because ‘cod and mackerel’ is a plural word; 'its' is used because ‘its’ is referring to the EU, which is singular.
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