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Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay.


(A) the waters of which can take months to reach their

(B) whose waters do take months to reach their

(C) whose waters can take months to reach its

(D) the waters of which can take months to reach its

(E) and they can take months to reach their

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HKD1710, Thanks for uploading the questions. Please underline only the portion, which is different in different options. :) I have modified your question accordingly.
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Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay.

(A) the waters of which can take months to reach their

(B) whose waters do take months to reach their

(C) whose waters can take months to reach its

(D) the waters of which can take months to reach its

(E) and they can take months to reach their


A. Correct. The pronoun their agrees with the antecedent waters.

B. This option alters the meaning of the original sentence. It is intended to say that the time taken by the waters to reach Florida bay may be as high as some months - nevertheless the time taken could be less as well. However using do instead of can implies that the waters always take months to reach Florida bay.

C. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

D. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

E. The pronoun they and theirs do not have any antecedent to refer to.
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HKD1710, Thanks for uploading the questions. Please underline only the portion, which is different in different options. :) I have modified your question accordingly.


Original Question is a fully underlined sentence. But new version looks decent and even better. Thank you for editing it:)
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sayantanc2k wrote:
HKD1710, Thanks for uploading the questions. Please underline only the portion, which is different in different options. :) I have modified your question accordingly.


Original Question is a fully underlined sentence. But new version looks decent and even better. Thank you for editing it:)


Thank you for your appreciation. :) ...... just one point here: The underlined portion must have a split at the beginning and at the end, i.e., at least one of the answer choices must be different in some way from the others at the beginning of the under-lined portion and at the end. Therefore if a full sentence is underlined, the beginning of the sentence and the end of the sentence must have splits.

As a matter of fact, a very effective strategy to eliminate wrong answers in SC questions is to examine the splits at the beginning and the end of the underlined portion. Hope I could explain the point.
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Hi,

I rejected E because that looked like secondary information so its better to keep it as modifier. But while reading your response, They and Their are missing antecedent, why cant they refer to Everglades?

Thanks!

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Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay.

(A) the waters of which can take months to reach their

(B) whose waters do take months to reach their

(C) whose waters can take months to reach its

(D) the waters of which can take months to reach its

(E) and they can take months to reach their


A. Correct. The pronoun their agrees with the antecedent waters.

B. This option alters the meaning of the original sentence. It is intended to say that the time taken by the waters to reach Florida bay may be as high as some months - nevertheless the time taken could be less as well. However using do instead of can implies that the waters always take months to reach Florida bay.

C. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

D. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

E. The pronoun they and theirs do not have any antecedent to refer to.
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I do see your point. However please take a look at my reasoning below and see if it makes sense:

Everglades is a body of water that spans up to Florida Bay. The original sentence intends to mean that the water in the body (not the body itself) flows into Florida bay; it takes months for the water to reach the bay. The body itself does not move, but the water does.

Do you see my point?

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Hi,

I rejected E because that looked like secondary information so its better to keep it as modifier. But while reading your response, They and Their are missing antecedent, why cant they refer to Everglades?

Thanks!

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HKD1710 wrote:
Though swamp-like, Florida's Everglades are actually a 60-mile-wide river, the waters of which can take months to reach their final destination in Florida Bay.

(A) the waters of which can take months to reach their

(B) whose waters do take months to reach their

(C) whose waters can take months to reach its

(D) the waters of which can take months to reach its

(E) and they can take months to reach their


A. Correct. The pronoun their agrees with the antecedent waters.

B. This option alters the meaning of the original sentence. It is intended to say that the time taken by the waters to reach Florida bay may be as high as some months - nevertheless the time taken could be less as well. However using do instead of can implies that the waters always take months to reach Florida bay.

C. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

D. The pronoun its does not agree with the antecedent waters.

E. The pronoun they and theirs do not have any antecedent to refer to.
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Hi neeraj609,

I do see your point. However please take a look at my reasoning below and see if it makes sense:

Everglades is a body of water that spans up to Florida Bay. The original sentence intends to mean that the water in the body (not the body itself) flows into Florida bay; it takes months for the water to reach the bay. The body itself does not move, but the water does.

Do you see my point?



I have a query here - Does the river have a final destination or do the "waters" have a final destination. e.g.- The Ganges springs in the Himalayas and travels throughout northern India to reach its final destination - the Bay of Bengal.
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sayantanc2k wrote:
Hi neeraj609,

I do see your point. However please take a look at my reasoning below and see if it makes sense:

Everglades is a body of water that spans up to Florida Bay. The original sentence intends to mean that the water in the body (not the body itself) flows into Florida bay; it takes months for the water to reach the bay. The body itself does not move, but the water does.

Do you see my point?



I have a query here - Does the river have a final destination or do the "waters" have a final destination. e.g.- The Ganges springs in the Himalayas and travels throughout northern India to reach its final destination - the Bay of Bengal.


Either could be valid depending on usage. In this particular case, the original sentence distinctly mentions that "waters" reach the final destination and hence in my opinion it is preferable to stick to the usage if a grammatically correct option is available with this usage.
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