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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.




 

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the webbed feet is plural so options A & B are negated.
option C & E ; rendering them incapable ; them is wrong modifier , them could refer to feet or to nerves nor blood vessels

option Dis correct ; rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. ; singular s-v agreement
IMO D;

The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet

Originally posted by Archit3110 on 12 Jul 2019, 08:12.
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
Which modifies blood vessels and that is not the intended modification and this changes the meaning and for this reason it is wrong.

(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
The 'which' is wrong and the 'them' is also wrong because we dont know if the duck feels cold or the feet.

(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
the rendering is correctly modifying the clause but the 'them' again leads to wrong meaning because the duck should feel cold and not the feet.

(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
Correct modification and correct meaning. clear and crisp.

(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
The duck is singular noun and using them for it is wrong, we should use 'the duck' or 'it'.
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Imo D.

The issue here is Subject verb agreement. " Feet" is plural so we have to use plural verb and in modifier duck would come to remove the confusion of pronoun in the original question.
A and B S-V error.
C them refers to feet so feet on their own can not stand. If they did that would be scary :)
E again them and its use
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'Feet' is plural so Have will be the verb instead of Has, So (A),(B) out.
Not having nerves and blood vessels render 'The duck' incapable of feeling the cold, so use of 'Them' in the modifier is incorrect.(C), (E) out
(D) is the answer
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Here feet should be referred by have .... and in only D 'its' is correctly referred by duck
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
The original sentence has a subject/verb agreement error. Multiple feet "have", they don't "has." Also, the usage of the noun-modifier "which" is not ideal, as the reason the duck can't feel the cold is the absence of blood vessels, not the blood vessels themselves.

(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
The original sentence has a subject/verb agreement error. Multiple feet have, they don't has. Also, the usage of the noun-modifier "which" is not ideal, as the reason the duck can't feel the cold is the absence of blood vessels, not the blood vessels themselves. The answer choice also introduces a pronoun issue, where it is not entirely clear whether "which" refers to the duck or to something else.

(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
While the use of "have" solves the subject/verb agreement error, this answer choice introduces a pronoun issue. The usage of "them" makes it unclear whether the feet or the duck is incapable of feeling the cold.

(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
This answer choice solves the subject/verb agreement issue, noun modifier error, and does not introduce a pronoun issue.

(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
While the use of "have" solves the subject/verb agreement error and the noun modifier issue is addressed, this answer choice introduces a pronoun issue. The usage of "them" makes it unclear whether the feet or the duck is incapable of feeling the cold.

Therefore, the correct answer choice appears to be D.
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

D has to be the right answer because it uses HAVE which is required due to plural subject FEET, and it says DUCK INCAPABLE OF FEELING COLD ON ITS FEET, this phrase uses ITS and DUCK properly.
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

webbed feet is the subject. Hence plural verb have required. eliminate A and B

In the modifier, 'rendering them.....' them is referring to the plural verb feet which creates a meaning issue. Eliminate C and E.

Option D would be the answer.


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IMO : D

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. -- incorrect verb for Feet
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.---- incorrect verb for Feet
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet. -- incorrect reference to them and their cannot be a pronoun for singular- duck
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.-- correct
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.-- incorrect reference to them
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.


First, "feet" is plural, "has" is singular, out (A,B).
Second, the feet is part of "the duck", which is singular, so "their" (plural) is wrong, out (C).
Finally, who is rendered incapable of feeling? "the duck" not the "the feet", so "them" is wrong, out (E).

Answer (D).
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. --> (1) "feet" is plural, so "have" is required, (2) which modify plural "vessels", should be "render", not "renders"
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet. --> same as A
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet. --> "duck" is singular
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. --> correct
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. --> same as C
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
which is incorrect because its use is ambiguous. Incorrect
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
which is incorrect because its use is ambiguous. Incorrect
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.
Use of Them is incorrect since the subject is The webbed feet of the Alabio duck and them refers to the webbed feet. Incorrect
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
Use of the duck is correct and unambiguous and use of its is also correct. Correct
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.
Use of Them is incorrect since the subject is The webbed feet of the Alabio duck and them refers to the webbed feet. Incorrect

IMO D
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IMO Answer is D:

feet is plural so, have is required, eliminate, A and B
duck is singular, so C and E can be eliminated
remaining answer is D
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. - Incorrect. Singular verb has does not agree with plural feet. And which incorrectly points to vessels (noun before the comma).
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet. Incorrect. Singular verb has does not agree with plural feet. And which incorrectly points to vessels (noun before the comma). renders them is also not correct.
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet. Incorrect it is not the feet but it is the duck, which is rendered incapable. their feet is also wrong.
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. - Correct Properly uses the modifiers and pronoun.
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. - Incorrect it is not the feet but it is the duck, which is rendered incapable
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The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. -----wrong verb
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.------wrong verb
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet.----- wrong pronoun
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. CORRECT
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. meaning error
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IMO correct answer is D

The webbed feet of the Alabio duck has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet.

Split is 3/2; usage of has vs have & ,which vs verb+ing modifier;

(A) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet. - "...,which..." when used modifies just the preceding noun or noun phrase before the comma, just like here it modifies blood vessels; but the intended meaning is that the combination of not having the nerves and the blood vessels in the The webbed feet of the Alabio duck makes them incapable of feeling cold.
(B) has neither nerves nor blood vessels, which renders them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet - Same error as A; also usage of pronoun "them" & "their" are ambiguous in this sentence, they dont have any proper antecedent to point at;
(C) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on their feet - verb+ing modifier though modifies the entire preceding clause but usage of pronoun "them" & "their" are ambiguous in this sentence, they dont have any proper antecedent to point at;
(D) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering the duck incapable of feeling the cold on its feet - Correct
(E) have neither nerves nor blood vessels, rendering them incapable of feeling the cold on its feet - "them & it" is not having any proper nouns to refer back.
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The "webbed feet" is plural, therefore it should take "have" and not "has", thus answer choice "A" and "B" are both eliminated based on that. Answer choice "C" and "E" incorrectly used "them" making the sentence ambiguous.

Hence answer choice "D" is the final answer.

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'Feet' is plural , so 'has' is incorrect. Eliminate A & B

'Them' in C & E , can refer to vessels or nerves or feet
their/its feet - refers to duck so it should be 'it'
only D corrects all these errors.

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Clearly, A and B are wrong due to "which" which should refer to blood vessels, but thats not the intended meaning of the sentence. The present perfect "have" suggests that the duck is considered plural. So what follows after the clause has to reflect the same plurality.

Therefore, D and E are out.
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