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

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The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 10th Edition, 2003

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Question No.: SC 48
Page: 660

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

Originally posted by selene on 08 Jun 2006, 05:54.
Last edited by hazelnut on 30 Jun 2018, 04:44, edited 3 times in total.
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08 Jun 2006, 05:57
I got with C. Golden crab has (singular)... it lives (singular)
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14 Mar 2012, 18:38
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I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "Golden crab" or "Gulf of Mexico" ?

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14 Mar 2012, 20:43
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I will go with C; singular subject, singular verb.
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I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "Golden crab" or "Gulf of Mexico" ?

You can remove "Gulf of Mexico" while finding the subject because it is a part of prepositional phrase.
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23 Dec 2012, 03:02
this question is troubling.

doing is prefered when the subject is in the active clause

I learn gmat by reading the experts posting on gmatclub

but because the crab here is not doing something so "living" is not acceptable.

I am fined because of learning badly

is not good.

I am not clear. pls, expert, help
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24 Dec 2012, 11:44
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thangvietnam wrote:
this question is troubling.

doing is prefered when the subject is in the active clause

I learn gmat by reading the experts posting on gmatclub

but because the crab here is not doing something so "living" is not acceptable.

I am fined because of learning badly

is not good.

I am not clear. pls, expert, help

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The correct option here is C. Though the option has it and even Gulf of mexico is singular but note that after it there is verb lives . Hence ther is no question of pronoun ambiguity as Gulf of mexico is not living creature it cannot live. hence answer is C!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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01 Dec 2014, 04:31
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Good question. Here are my views!

selene wrote:
The golden crab of the Gulf of Mexico has [color=#0000ff]<The golden crab + has --> subject is singular> not been fished commercially in great numbers <NOT BEEN FISHED. Continuous tense>, primarily on account of living at great depths - 2500 to 3000 feet down.

A) on account of living <OF LIVING. doesn't agree with the continuous tense in the non underlined portion>

B) on account of their living <THEIR. Plural. Wrong.>

C) because it lives <Le PERFECTO >

D) because of living <OF LIVING. doesn't agree with the continuous tense in the non underlined portion>

E) because they live <THEY. Plural. Wrong.>[/color]

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24 Aug 2016, 02:01
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, 05:10
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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24 Aug 2016, 23:07
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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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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09 Sep 2017, 08:41
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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03 Jul 2018, 10:36
a. ‘on account of ..... what ..... living,’ subject absent
b. ‘their’ plural, ‘crab’ is singular.
c. Correct, ‘it = crab’
d. ‘because of ..... what ..... living’ subject absent. ‘because of’ avoidable
e. ‘they’ plural, ‘crab’ is singular. ‘being’ avoidable
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