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# A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989

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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
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15 Apr 2007, 21:21
Sorry there is a typo....the word "creatures" is plural in both choices
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15 Apr 2007, 22:50
Please post the full question and may I ask you to reduce your jumbo sized avatar ? It takes lots of space.
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15 Apr 2007, 23:12
The answers are super long and I only wrote down the 2 choices I was confused about down. It was in GMATPREP and I deleted the test already. I only need explaination between the 2 choices.

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16 Apr 2007, 05:28
In A the phrase possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period is ambiguous...It can refer to either the sea creatures or to the dwindling food supplies.
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16 Apr 2007, 09:42
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In A the phrase possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period is ambiguous...It can refer to either the sea creatures or to the dwindling food supplies.

Vineet .. I don't think there's any ambiguity here...the phrase "resulting from increasing sea surface temp.." points clearly to dwindling food supplies... except that dwindling food supplies can't result from anything - supplies can only dwindle BECAUSE OF some external cause (like increasing surface temps).

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16 Apr 2007, 11:37
Just a thought:
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16 Apr 2007, 12:14
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Someone please explain to me why the original sentence is not correct.

A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creature of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

After reading through both choices, I thought perhas the problem with the original is that the "possibly resulting from....." is modifying the noun food supplies and in the correct choice it's modifying the act of the food supplies dwindling? However, I'm still not sure so someone please help explain. Thanks!

Correct answer: "that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in "

-In this answer choice the reason for lack of food supplies is clearly explained.
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16 Apr 2007, 22:20
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In A the phrase possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period is ambiguous...It can refer to either the sea creatures or to the dwindling food supplies.

Vineet .. I don't think there's any ambiguity here...the phrase "resulting from increasing sea surface temp.." points clearly to dwindling food supplies... except that dwindling food supplies can't result from anything - supplies can only dwindle BECAUSE OF some external cause (like increasing surface temps).

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Hi dwivedys,I still think that it is ambiguous...
It is not always necessary that a participle phrase following a comma refers to the previous noun.If that is the case there is no need of the comma.

A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

In this case it refers properly to the noun supplies...I know the sentence sounds awkward but my point is the noun reference...any thoughts??
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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
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02 Sep 2007, 16:19
"revealed that" d,e are out
c sounds just too awkward
a should be possibly resulted

I'd go with B

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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
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03 Sep 2007, 17:43
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pi10t wrote:
A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing

Whats wrong with A? I think it should be A.

Same thing. I was wondering why A could not be OA?

'possibly resulted from' is required in A?
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03 Sep 2007, 18:52
My take is A.

'Suffering From' is the right idiom.
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05 Sep 2007, 10:41
Can some one explain why not "A"
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05 Sep 2007, 23:37
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IMO B
In A, the clause is not referring to the correct noun!

Still don't understand why A is incorrect. Can someone please explain it? What would make A correct? Thanks.
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13 A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.
a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing
b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in
c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in
e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
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13 May 2008, 11:56
My coice A .suffering from is correct ,also A maintains parallelism and correct meaning
We require that with revealed ,so D and E are out .
C has modifier problem ,its not due to food supplies but dwindling food supplies
B is wordy .Because - as a result of
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13 May 2008, 13:24
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13 A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.
a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing
b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in
c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in
e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing

I have to go with B.

We all know that D and E are wrong because of the placement of "that".
In C, the modifier are non-essential, and it makes the sentence sounds like the "creatures were suffering from food supplies" instead of "from dwindling food supplies". Incorrect meaning.
There are two reasons why I picked B, not A.
(1) To me, "as a result of" is absolutely fine, not wordy at all. It is idiomatic.
(2) In A, "increasing" indicates that the event is continuing until today when the sentence clearly states that the event ended in 1996.
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13 May 2008, 15:18
I choose B.
In A this phrase does not sound right - "increasing sea surface temperatures".
A better option is "an increase in..." which is present in B.
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20 May 2008, 21:05
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13 A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.
a) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing
b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in
c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in
e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing

Well, GMAC thinks that VERB_ING which plays as noun is usually WRONG and UNCLEAR, fr example, KNOWING vs. KNOWLEDGE.
That why I do not choose A as my final choice, but rather B. Agree with BKK say.
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08 Jun 2008, 17:50
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Thanks all of you.

The OA is A

But I like to see the reasoning of bkk, and geta. No mater what the choice you chose, the reasoning you made is more than useful! I learn a lot from all of you.

Hey, the OA at the GMATPrep is B
I chose A, but I was wrong

Thanks Idp, and sorry everybody, I double check and it is real that OA is B.!
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