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The European Union announced that cod and mackerel are the

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The European Union announced that cod and mackerel are the only fish that **exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow** fishermen to catch.
A) exceeds their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
B) exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow
C) exceeds its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
D) exceed its new requirements for dioxin level and that it allows
E) exceed their new requirements for dioxin level and that they allow

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How many of you know that fish can both be singular and plural? Always be guided by the context to determine whether the usage of words with dual possibilities (such as fish) is singular or plural. In this particular case "Cod and mackerel are the ..." clearly suggests that the fish is plural. Remember - there are always clues in the question itself that will lead you to the correction answer.
answered Jun 14, 2016 by Beginner (13 points)
meenakshijain
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By intuition I would not go with A, but since I have read that the closest noun acts as a modifier, it would be exceeds and not exceed.
answered Jun 14, 2016 by Partner (696 points)
EPetterd
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Please also provide your thought process / reasoning.
answered Jun 14, 2016 by Beginner (1 point)
JMarconi
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"Cod and mackerel are the only fish thatthat...": Plural so verb has to be "exceed" not "exceeds", so A n C are out.
Should be "its" and "it" since "European Union" is singular.
Option D survives
answered Jun 14, 2016 by (-1 points)
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