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In this article, weāll look at the solution to this GMAT sentence correction question – Last week local shrimpers held a news conference to take some credit for the resurgence of the rare Kemp’s ridley turtle, saying that their compliance with laws requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect adult sea turtles.

We have analyzed the 5 answer choices and arrived at the correct choice through 3 steps:

1. Meaning analysis
2. Error analysis

General information on this question

• Difficulty level ā Hard
• 56% of people got this question correct
• The average time taken to answer this question correctly ā 1:31 correctly

Letās look at the question-and-answer choices.

## Last week local shrimpers held a news conference to take some credit for the resurgence of the rare Kemp’s ridley turtle, saying that their compliance with laws requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect adult sea turtles.

(A) requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect

(B) requiring turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting

(C) that require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets protect

(D) to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets are protecting

(E) to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting

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## Solution – Last week local shrimpers held a news conference to take…

### Meaning Analysis

• Last week local shrimpers held a news conference
• to take some credit for the resurgence of the rare Kemp’s ridley turtle,
• saying
• that their compliance with laws requiring
• that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets

The sentence starts by saying that local shrimpers organized a press conference last week. They did so to take credit for revival of the Kempās ridley turtles that are rare. In this conference, the shrimpers said that they were adhering to laws that require the presence of turtle-excluder devices on nets for catching shrimps. Their adherence to the laws were able to save adult sea turtles.

### Error Analysis

#### SV Agreement Error

The singular subject ācomplianceā does not agree in number with the plural verb āprotectā.

P.S.: The usage of the word ārequiringā calls for the usage of the subjunctive verb in the sentence. Therefore, we see the usage of the verb ābeā for the subject āturtle-excluder devicesā. This usage is correct.

#### Choice A: requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect

Incorrect – approx. 9% of people opt for this option

Incorrect for the reason stated in the Error Analysis section.

#### Choice B: requiring turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting

Correct – approx. 56% of people opt for this option

Correct. This choice rectifies the only error of Choice B and presents the intended meaning clearly.

#### Choice C: that require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets protect

Incorrect – approx. 25% of people opt for this option

SV Number Agreement Error

This choice repeats the SV Agreement error of Choice A.

#### Choice D: to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets are protecting

Incorrect – approx. 4% of people opt for this option

Idiom Error

The usage of the phrase āto requireā is incorrect in this sentence because requiring the said devices on shrimp nets is not the purpose/intent of the said laws. The intent of the laws is to save the turtle. The law is that shrimp nets must have these devices.

#### Choice E: to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting

Incorrect – approx. 6% of people opt for this option

SV Number Agreement Error

This choice repeats the SV Agreement error of Choice A.

Idiom Error

This choice repeats the idiom error of Choice D regarding the usage of āto requireā.

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