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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

(A) There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

(B) There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.

(C) There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing.

(D) Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.

(E) Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.
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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing
B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.
C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .
D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.

Please explain. Tks



in A, 'their' refers to what? monkfish? .. didn't get the whole meaning of this choice..

other than A, remaining 4 choices are clearly wrong but I am not confident on A either ..

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its not their, its there. The two have different usage.

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IMO A. But OA is C. I guess because the pronoun "its" used in the second sentence refers to "monfish" . That's the only reason I think why C is correct.


C :shock: . Its difficult to digest.

There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .

"which" has been incorrectly used here, as it seems to modify "monkfish" instead of modifying the clause "there are no legal limits...."
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Thanks!
Point taken => 'fish' can be singular and plural.
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I undertood ur answer completely and got it what u saying about comparison but what i m asking is something else.
according to option E "there are no legal limits" is modifying "catching cod n haddock"
so this whole phrase is modified properly or not?
if i put who/what in the Q then the modifier seems to be right.
what do u say?
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"there are no legal limits" is NOT modifying "catching cod n haddock". It should have been the reverse

"unlike catching cod n haddock" should have modified "catching monkfish.."

for eg: Unlike catching cod n haddock, catching monkfish is easy.

Im sorry if it couldn't help. I really cannot understand what is it that you want to know. For modification to be correct, the two things being compared should be parallel.

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This is discussed many times please refer the old threds fro better explanations :)

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Awesome question from gmatprep.

This is the case of resumative modifier. Hence A is correct. Also note why C and D are incorrect. "which" does not have antecedent. It should be replaced with "a circumstance" as A did.

E : misplaced modifier "contributing to their depletion because they are overfished"
C and D : which does not have antecedent.
B : wrong comparison

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A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing. … Perfect comparison of the legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught with that legal limits on the size of catching monkfish.

B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished. --- compares the size of the monkfish catch with the fishes of cod and haddock

C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing. ---- which refers to monkfish; wrong

D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished. --- compares fishes to legal size limits; in addition, which refers to monkfish; wrong


E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished…. ‘catching cod and haddock’ is being compared to legal size limits; wrong

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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing
B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.
C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .
D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.

I am not able to understand OA. What is the antecedent of their ?
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fish can be singular or plural. However, since all options (other than C) use them/their, this is one indication that fish is used as plural here.

Also, pronoun ambiguity (a pronoun with multiple antecedents) is something that GMAT exhibits tolerance for. In this case, it is easier to realize this, because all options (except C) contain them/their; so if you think their is ambiguous in A, same is the case in all other options (except C). This is another indication that clearly pronoun ambiguity is not being tested in this case.

Among other things, C has a big issue of which modifying monkfish and hence, C can anyway not be correct.

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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing

B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished. - Wrong Comparison

C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .
Which modifies Monkfish

D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
- Wrong Comparison

E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.
- Wrong Comparison
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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing

B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished. - Wrong Comparison

C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .
Which modifies Monkfish

D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
- Wrong Comparison

E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.
- Wrong Comparison


I'm kind of having a hard time understanding this problem. Just to reiterate for my own benefit...

A. "There are" refers to legal limits for cod and haddock. "Their" refers to the subject noun, which is monkfish. All and all, A is correct.

B. Incorrectly compares legal limits to cod and haddock.

C. Is the clause after which saying that the Monkfish itself contributes to its own depletion rather than its lack of legal limits?

D. Compares cod and haddock to catching

E. Catching cod and haddock should be compared to catching monkfish and not "legal size limits"

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It seems like the only answer that could be is A because it doesn't change the meaning. The main point of the sentence is to say that there are legal limits on the size of haddock and cod because of overfishing. I initially picked D, but now based on reading it, D has the modifying clause next to monkfish, implying that its monkfish that's overfished, which isn't true.

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That was smooth.

Its A.
I picked the wrong choice in the first place because I forgot that the plural of FISH is FISH, in other words, monkfish is already in plural and "their" is clearly referring back to them.

C and D - Wrong usage of Which
B and E - wrong comparison

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Unlike -> It is used to compare nouns. In case we want to compare clauses that we need to use whereas.
Eliminate -> B, D and E
B - Compares legal limits to cod or haddock
D - Compares cod and haddock to catching monkfish
E - While the comparison is correct as they both compare catching of cod and haddock and monkfish, use of unlike is correct.

Use of which in C -> Implies monkfish itself contributes to its depletion.

Choice A -> Perfect comparison of legal limit on size

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There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing.

A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing
B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.
C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing .
D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.

Please explain. Tks

OA added.


'Unlike is utterly wrong.

A C left. not for monkfish is wrong (Legal limits are on the size of monkfish and not all monkfish) A is correct.

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A. There are no legal limits, as there are for cod and haddock, on the size of monkfish that can be caught, a circumstance that contributes to their depletion through overfishing
"As" used correctly with a "clause". "Their" closer to the monkfish.

B. There are no legal limits on the size of monkfish that can be caught, unlike cod or haddock, a circumstance that contributes to depleting them because they are being overfished.
Wrong comparison [Should be - unlike the limit for cod or haddock]
What does them refer to, cod or haddock instead of monkfish? Changes meaning.


C. There are legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing.
Meaning error, monkfish cannot contribute to its depletion

D. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
Wrong comparison [Should be - monkfish does not …]
Meaning error, monkfish cannot contribute to its depletion


E. Unlike catching cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, contributing to their depletion because they are overfished.
Wrong comparison [Should be - catching monkfish does not …]
What does their/they refer to, pronoun/antecedent error.


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