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Although improved efficiency in converting harvested trees into wood products
may reduce harvest rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and
lowering prices, thereby boosting
consumption.
A. in converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
thereby boosting.
B. In converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply and
lowering prices, which boost.
C. Of converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
which boosts.
D. Of harvested trees being converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, it will stimulate demand, because it will increase supply
and lower prices, thereby boosting.
E. When harvested trees are converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply
and lowering prices, which boost.

Lets be specific - WHY IS A BETTER THAN B OR VICE-VERSA!
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12 Jun 2008, 18:07
I'd say B is better than A. A has an "it" which is ambiguous.
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12 Jun 2008, 18:23
Clear B.

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14 Jun 2008, 07:23
bsd_lover wrote:
I'd say B is better than A. A has an "it" which is ambiguous.

BSD, "it" is singular. So it cannot refer to "tress" or "rates". It can refer only to " efficieny". Ca you explain why you think "it" does not have a clear referrent?
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14 Jun 2008, 07:24
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Clear B.

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Prasanna, I read your post before I posted the Q. I chose A. Lot of people on the thread chose A for the same reason as I did. Some questions are just too tricky
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14 Jun 2008, 07:35
you bet
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14 Jun 2008, 17:02
"it" does not have a clear referent because I cant work out what "it" refers to What do you feel it refers to ?

goalsnr wrote:
bsd_lover wrote:
I'd say B is better than A. A has an "it" which is ambiguous.

BSD, "it" is singular. So it cannot refer to "tress" or "rates". It can refer only to " efficieny". Ca you explain why you think "it" does not have a clear referrent?
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14 Jun 2008, 17:30
I will go for A. I think "it" refers to improved efficiency.
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14 Jun 2008, 17:46
I think "it" refers to "improved efficiency", too. Therefore, A is the answer.
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14 Jun 2008, 17:54
B.

Reasoning, though "it" seems to refer to "efficiency", the answer is ambiguous as previously mentioned.

By you saying "it" must refer to "efficiency", is the same as saying that if in "b", "boosts" would be correct because it is referring to "demand."

Ultimately, I think its best when doing misplaced modifier questions to choose the answer that has the modifer closest to the word its modifying.
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16 Jun 2008, 15:27
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B.

Reasoning, though "it" seems to refer to "efficiency", the answer is ambiguous as previously mentioned.

By you saying "it" must refer to "efficiency", is the same as saying that if in "b", "boosts" would be correct because it is referring to "demand."

Ultimately, I think its best when doing misplaced modifier questions to choose the answer that has the modifer closest to the word its modifying.

Tyler , " which" refers to "lowering prices" only. Both demand and reates could be responsible for higher consumption.
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16 Jun 2008, 17:12
agree with goalsnr.
In B, "increasing supply and lowering prices" boost consumption.
In A, demand boosts consumption, which is right.
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16 Jun 2008, 22:42
goalsnr wrote:
Although improved efficiency in converting harvested trees into wood products
may reduce harvest rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and
lowering prices, thereby boosting
consumption.
A. in converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
thereby boosting.
B. In converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply and
lowering prices, which boost.
C. Of converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
which boosts.
D. Of harvested trees being converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, it will stimulate demand, because it will increase supply
and lower prices, thereby boosting.
E. When harvested trees are converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply
and lowering prices, which boost.

Lets be specific - WHY IS A BETTER THAN B OR VICE-VERSA!

B is missing "will". Since we are talking about a scenario (use of "may" in the sentence"), "will" is needed.

A is correct as is.
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17 Jun 2008, 00:04
Ok I am officially an idiot. This is clearly A. B totally changes the meaning.
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17 Jun 2008, 00:07
between A and B, A is a winner.

My explanation is that "it" signalls a red flag in the GMAT, but it doesn't mean that it is always wrong. I have been done by this in the gmatprep before.

so continuing with my explanation, the sentence is saying:

improved efficiency --> reduce harvest rates --> increase demand (by more supply and lower prices) --> therefore boosting consumption

note that all the effects (denoted by -->) are caused by the improved efficiency.

B changes the meaning by saying that the boosting consumption only happens by reduced prices

so A
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17 Jun 2008, 00:29
ur explanation sounds good, but note that in B (In converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply and
lowering prices, which boost)
not boosts, so u cant say that increased consumption is only due to lowering price. In fact there are more than 1 factors involved. And whts wrong in saying that both increasing supply and lowering prices boost consumption?

between A and B, A is a winner.

My explanation is that "it" signalls a red flag in the GMAT, but it doesn't mean that it is always wrong. I have been done by this in the gmatprep before.

so continuing with my explanation, the sentence is saying:

improved efficiency --> reduce harvest rates --> increase demand (by more supply and lower prices) --> therefore boosting consumption

note that all the effects (denoted by -->) are caused by the improved efficiency.

B changes the meaning by saying that the boosting consumption only happens by reduced prices

so A
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17 Jun 2008, 00:36
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"prices, which boost"

here boost is actually needed to agree with the plural "prices", not because of "X and Y, which boost"

note that modifiers begining with "that" and ",which" modify the noun immediately before the that or which.

if you want to modify the whole phrase before u have to start the modifying phrase with a verb "ing" form.
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17 Jun 2008, 11:58
Exactly the precise reason to eliminate B.
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17 Jun 2008, 12:08
B

A. in converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
thereby boosting.
'it' is ambigious
B. In converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply and
lowering prices, which boost.
hold it
C. Of converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
which boosts.
'it' is ambigious
D. Of harvested trees being converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, it will stimulate demand, because it will increase supply
and lower prices, thereby boosting.
'it' is ambigious
E. When harvested trees are converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply
and lowering prices, which boost.
when harvested is wrong

Can anyone comment on 'improved efficiency in' and 'improved efficiency of'
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18 Jun 2008, 01:11
Although improved efficiency in converting harvested trees into wood products
may reduce harvest rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and
lowering prices, thereby boosting consumption.
A. in converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
thereby boosting.even though "it" is used in the sentence, here it unambiguously refers to improved efficiency...
B. In converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply and
lowering prices, which boost.this is awkward construct
C. Of converting harvested trees into wood products may reduce harvest
rates, it will stimulate demand by increasing supply and lowering prices,
which boosts.this is awkward construct

D. Of harvested trees being converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, it will stimulate demand, because it will increase supply
and lower prices, thereby boosting.this is awkward construct

E. When harvested trees are converted into wood products may reduce
harvest rates, demand will be stimulated because of increasing supply
and lowering prices, which boost.the first half is really awkward construct..it hits my ear when i say that to myself..
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