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

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03 Jul 2016, 05:03
fished commercially in great numbers refers to golden crab, how can this be singular?
We are not talking about 1 crab we are talking about a kind of crab
kind of golden crab is def more than 1 since it states great numbers...
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03 Jul 2016, 05:33
C is most concise

A is too awkward
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24 Aug 2016, 03:01
Hi guys, i have a doubt regarding this question. While at first glance i thought c) was the correct option, later i remind that 2 independent clauses can only be linked with semicolon or comma+ FANBOYS. Following this rule, i finally choose option d), which is incorrect.

In this regard, i don't understand why option d) is incorrect. In option c) there are two independent clauses linked with a comma, which under my understastanding is incorrect.

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24 Aug 2016, 06:10
muny wrote:
Hi guys, i have a doubt regarding this question. While at first glance i thought c) was the correct option, later i remind that 2 independent clauses can only be linked with semicolon or comma+ FANBOYS. Following this rule, i finally choose option d), which is incorrect.

In this regard, i don't understand why option d) is incorrect. In option c) there are two independent clauses linked with a comma, which under my understanding is incorrect.

Hi muny, the presence of because makes the second clause logically incomplete, and hence dependent.

because it lives at great depths....so what?

The answer (provided by this Independent clause): The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers.

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25 Aug 2016, 00:07
I have a doubt...mainly and because are kinda similar - providing reason...can we use them together...?? I am bit hesitant to choose c...
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25 Aug 2016, 07:33
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I have a doubt...mainly and because are kinda similar - providing reason...can we use them together...?? I am bit hesitant to choose c...

I suppose you meant "primarily", not "mainly" - "primarily" does not provide reason. The adverb "primarily" conveys that the primary reason for not fishing was.......

The following example without "because" may help understand:

The group primarily consists of ex-army officers. - there is no cause and effect relation in this sentence.
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25 Aug 2016, 09:19
Oh yeah.. It was a typo..

I got it now ..Thanks

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14 Nov 2016, 00:56
Hi experts,

1/
I am afraid I did a invalid reasoning to cross off A and B.

"on account of ", first to hear for me, is a prep phrase, moreover, account here is a noun, which is low priority to consider.

feel the reasoning is not solid. I am not sure whether this approach is good if I am at test.

2/
Is "account for" a right idiom ?

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why D is incorrect?
IMO. because of introduce a noun / noun phrase,
here, I view "living" as a gerund, which works as a noun
"because of living at great depths" states the reason , moreover, the part "2,500 to 3,000 feet down" after dash "-" is a further explanation of depths.
both meaning and grammar of D are ok for me.

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14 Nov 2016, 04:09
selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living

B) on account of their living

C) because it lives

D) because of living

E) because they live

this question is from old og book, maybe , og 10.
the key problem in this question is that

in choices a, b and d, "living" dose not refer to the subject of main clause grammatically.

in the following

learning gmat, I improve my logic thinking.
this this pattern, learning refer to subject of main clause.

because living dose not refer to the subject of main clause grammatically, we do not know who do "Living" and the sentence make no sense.

i think gmat test a high point of grammat here but this point is basic
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14 Nov 2016, 19:22
victory47 wrote:
selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living

B) on account of their living

C) because it lives

D) because of living

E) because they live

this question is from old og book, maybe , og 10.
the key problem in this question is that

in choices a, b and d, "living" dose not refer to the subject of main clause grammatically.

in the following

learning gmat, I improve my logic thinking.
this this pattern, learning refer to subject of main clause.

because living dose not refer to the subject of main clause grammatically, we do not know who do "Living" and the sentence make no sense.

i think gmat test a high point of grammat here but this point is basic

hi victory47,
IMO, living does refer to the subject "golden crab" of the sentence.

did I miss something ?

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17 Aug 2017, 03:27
after comma we have subordinate clause ( subordinator : because) , therefore subject is required to make it a dependent clause.
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09 Sep 2017, 09:41
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

(A) on account of living - On account of living (Verb ing) is incorrect, "On account of" is followed by a noun, and is usually restricted to changes in abstract things (prices, emotions, etc.)

(B) on account of their living - usage of their

(C) because it lives - Correct

(D) because of living - need a subject in dependent clause starting with because

(E) because they live - usage of they

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02 Dec 2017, 08:35
selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

(A) on account of living
awkward as compared to choice C.

(B) on account of their living
the Golden crab is a singular noun so pronoun number agreement error.

(C) because it lives
Because is preferred over 'on account of'. Choice is more clearer than choice A. Correct!!

(D) because of living
Because + Of + Verb-ING -- Incorrect structure.

(E) because they live
the Golden crab is a singular noun so pronoun number agreement error.
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15 Jan 2018, 08:59
selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has not been fished commercially in great numbers, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

(A) on account of living

(B) on account of their living

(C) because it lives

(D) because of living

(E) because they live

in the pattern,
main clause + preposition+ doing
we see that a preposition stand before "doing" and " doing" refer to subject of main clause. this means the subject also perform the action presented by "doing"

but not all preposition can stand before "doing" in this pattern. only a few preposition can do so.
on acount of" and " because of" do not belong the group of preposition which can do so.
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