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The push by rich countries to cut emissions have raised fears that it is an attempt to secure new markets for environmental technologies.

A. have raised fears that it is an attempt
B. have raised fears that they are trying
C. has raised fears that they are trying
D. has raised fears that it is their attempt
E. has raised fears that it is an attempt

Originally posted by mukulgupta5 on 07 Jun 2016, 17:44.
Last edited by broall on 27 Jun 2017, 03:09, edited 1 time in total.
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mukulgupta5 wrote:
The push by rich countries to cut emissions have raised fears that it is an attempt to secure new markets for environmental technologies.

have raised fears that it is an attempt
have raised fears that they are trying
has raised fears that they are trying
has raised fears that it is their attempt
has raised fears that it is an attempt


It easy to narrow it down to C,D or E. (Because of the use of Have/Has).Push is singular and thus Has should be used.

Now my question is,why C is the right answer ?
They in C is not leading to pronoun ambiguity ?

Any in-depth explanation of why C is the right answer.
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The push by rich countries to cut emissions have raised fears that it is an attempt to secure new markets for environmental technologies.

have raised fears that it is an attempt
have raised fears that they are trying
has raised fears that they are trying- 'they' refers to 'rich countries '. NOT wrong.
has raised fears that it is their attempt
has raised fears that it is an attempt.NOT wrong.

..... that <push> is an attempt to secure new markets for environmental technologies. Indirect.
...... that <rich countries> are trying to secure new markets for environmental technologies. Direct.

Hence (c)
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My explanation

The push by rich countries to cut emissions have raised fears that it is an attempt to secure new markets for environmental technologies.

have raised fears that it is an attempt - The push... 'have' raised fears - wrong. Push is singular so you need to use has (also singular)
have raised fears that they are trying - Same as A
has raised fears that they are trying - 'They' is plural so it could refer to either rich countries or emissions, therefore the antecedent is unclear
has raised fears that it is their attempt - 'Their' is plural so it could refer to either rich countries or emissions. Same reason as C
has raised fears that it is an attempt - 'It' is correct because there is only one singular subject. Therefore the antecedent is clear, and this is the correct answer



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Isn't they in C is understood as Scientists .
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Isn't they in C is understood as Scientists .


I got it now after solving the question again. C changes the meaning .

And yeah It is referring to the push. :) .
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This is not a great question, but the answer has to be C.

It doesn't make sense to say that "the push" has raised fears about itself. It should raise fears about the parties behind it or the potential consequences. This rules out D and E (and of course A and B are out for subject-verb reasons).

It's perfectly fine to use "they" when there are multiple plural nouns present, as long as it's clear what the intended antecedent is. A good rule of thumb is that if the GMAT gives you the option to insert the correct noun ("those countries"), then you should select that, since using the noun is never technically incorrect. However, if this option doesn't exist, it may be that the situation isn't considered ambiguous.
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Nightmare007, the antecedent to a pronoun must always be a noun that actually appears in the sentence. There's nothing wrong with "changing the meaning," since C has as much claim on being the correct sentence as any other. But we have to work with what we're given.
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