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GMAT - Sentence Correction - Sentence Correction

The gyrfalcon, an Arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

The gyrfalcon, an Arctic bird of prey, has survived a close brush with extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than when the use of DDT was sharply restricted in the early 1970's.

(A) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than
(B) extinction; its numbers are now five times more than
(C) extinction, their numbers now fivefold what they were
(D) extinction, now with fivefold the numbers they had
(E) extinction; its numbers are now five times greater than what they were

Answer choice A is correct as it uses the correct pronoun 'it' to refer to the gyrfalcon. It also has correctly constructed the quantity part of the text, to convey the comparison properly. Answer choice B is incorrect due to the usage of 'five times more than'. Answer choice C and D are incorrect as they use plural pronouns. Answer choice E is incorrect as the same meaning can be conveyed in a shorter way, like that done in answer choice A.