i would go with B
A suffers from a misplace modifier in my opinion
B whih refers to the monkfish
What do u say ?
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 legal limits on the size of cod and haddock that can be caught, but not for monkfish, which contributes to its depletion through overfishing.
c. Unlike cod and haddock, there are no legal size limits on catching monkfish, which contributes to its depletion by being overfished.
which choice is better? in my opinio a is better. b and c wrongly use "which" to refer to a whole sentence rather than the previous noun. but i am not sure whether the long and wordy choice a is correct. please help me, thank u
it is the "no legal limits for monkfish" that contributes to the depletion, not the monkfish itself leads to its depletion, so the "which" in both choice b and c refer to a whole sentence.
the point is that whether I can use which to refer to a whole sentence rather than a noun. according to Official Guide, we can't. For example:
The root systems of most flowering perennials either become too crowded, which results in loss in vigor, and spread too far outward, producing a bare center.
(A) which results in loss in vigor, and spread
(B) resulting in loss in vigor, or spreading
(C) with the result of loss of vigor, or spreading
(D) resulting in loss of vigor, or spread£¨D£©
(E) with a resulting loss of vigor, and spread
Choice A misuses which: as a relative pronoun, which should refer to a specific noun rather than to the action of an entire clause. A also produces the unidiomatic and illogical construction either... and. Choice B properly uses a verb phrase (resulting...) instead of which to modify the action of the first clause and also correctly completes either with or, but the verbs following either and or are not parallel: spreading must be spread to match become. Choice C is flawed by the nonparallel verb spreading and the wordy phrase that begins with the result of. Choice E is similarly wordy and uses and where or is required. Choice D¡ªconcise, idiomatic, and parallel with the rest of the sentence¡ªis best.
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