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# The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished

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The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths-2,500 to 3,000 feet down.
(A) on account of living
(B) on account of their living
(C) because it lives
(D) because of living
(E) being they live

Hi all,

Why the correct answer is "because it lives"? I think that The golden crab refers to many individuals, therefore the correct answer must be "because they live".

Could you help me?
Thank you.
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07 May 2011, 03:46
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The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths-2,500 to 3,000 feet down.
(A) on account of living
(B) on account of their living
(C) because it lives
(D) because of living
(E) being they live

Hi all,

Why the correct answer is "because it lives"? I think that The golden crab refers to many individuals, therefore the correct answer must be "because they live".

Could you help me?
Thank you.

In the GMAT, when in doubt choose Singular. It is true that it is referring to specie of golden crabs but the sentence refers to the crabs collectively... So you must use singular
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07 May 2011, 05:11
IMO, the term golden crab might well refer to a single species of crab that has the golden colored shell, just as the gold fish refers to a single type of fish. Notwithstanding this, ‘the golden crab’, as a collective noun comprising several types of crabs is normally considered singular.
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