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# The primary task of the French naval anti-air destroyer ship forbin is

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nivedita4988 wrote:
Please explain the pronoun usage in option B.

----in option B it refers to the ship
---their refers to defenses ---defenses of the ship (not the ship itself) would most logically be saturated
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shridhar786 wrote:
nivedita4988 wrote:
Please explain the pronoun usage in option B.

----in option B it refers to the ship
---their refers to defenses ---defenses of the ship (not the ship itself) would most logically be saturated

Any Independent clause, with a prononun, will always refer back to the subject of the first independent clause. For ex,

Trump is the PoTUS who fired his advisor and he is a bully.

With little knowledge that I acquired so far, the above sentence has pronoun ambiguity. Who is a bully here? Trump/his advisor? If there is no other answer choice present, I would lean over the above sentence assuming that 'he' refers to Trump.

Coming back to the question we have here, the second independent clause its refers to the primary task, as per my understanding.
Am I missing something here?

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vicky2019 wrote:
OA is given as B.

The second "and" in the sentence looks like there are two primary tasks one is protecting ACs and Civilian ships and anti air missiles allow it support. Shouldn't the sentence after and in OA be a seperate a clause like in C?

Yes you are right, but see in option be also the usage is correct, not only ";" that allows separation of two IC's but also we can use ",and" to separate two ICs. This ia the FANBOYS Usage (remmember For, And,But,Or,Yet, So - these co-ordinating conjunctions are used to connect two different IC with a single comma)

Hope it is clear now

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elavendan1 There's no rule to determine what the antecedent of a pronoun *must* be. We always need to use judgment and weigh the intended meaning. True, sometimes the sentence structure seems to force us into a meaning that clearly isn't what was intended, but there's no reason for us to assume that "it" refers to "primary task" when no one would expect that to be the meaning. In the Trump sentence, both the structure and the meaning make it much clearer that "he" is meant to refer back to the main subject.
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The primary task of the French naval anti-air destroyer ship Forbin is to protect aircraft carriers and civilian ships from supersonic missile attacks, and its medium-range anti-air missiles allow it to support the defenses of another ship under attack and prevent their saturation

Can experts please help me understand what "their" refers to here?

Thanks in advance.
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Hital wrote:
The primary task of the French naval anti-air destroyer ship Forbin is to protect aircraft carriers and civilian ships from supersonic missile attacks, and its medium-range anti-air missiles allow it to support the defenses of another ship under attack and prevent their saturation

Can experts please help me understand what "their" refers to here?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Hital , their refers to the defenses of another ship [a ship different from the Forbin].

"The defenses" is the most logical antecedent out of those available.
The Forbin protects other ships. Its missiles can keep another ship from being hit by a missile.
No missile hit = no breach of the ship under attack = the other ship does not take on water and does not have its defenses saturated by that water.

Hope that helps.
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Hital wrote:
The primary task of the French naval anti-air destroyer ship Forbin is to protect aircraft carriers and civilian ships from supersonic missile attacks, and its medium-range anti-air missiles allow it to support the defenses of another ship under attack and prevent their saturation

Can experts please help me understand what "their" refers to here?

Thanks in advance.

Hi Hital , their refers to the defenses of another ship [a ship different from the Forbin].

"The defenses" is the most logical antecedent out of those available.
The Forbin protects other ships. Its missiles can keep another ship from being hit by a missile.
No missile hit = no breach of the ship under attack = the other ship does not take on water and does not have its defenses saturated by that water.

Hope that helps.

Fun fact: the content of the question was directly taken from Wikipedia: "Her first task is protecting aircraft carriers, capital ships or civilian ships from supersonic missile attacks; her complement of medium-range anti-air missiles allows her to support the defences of another ship under attack and avoid their saturation."
Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_frigate_Forbin
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