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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 22 May 2008, 06:46
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

This is supposedly an easy one..and I failed to crack it.. :cry:


OA is 'D'

I never knew that the lesser cornstalk borer is a proper noun, a pest common in Americas.. I was such a fool!! :oops:


Neither did I, and guess what -
I ruled out D because I thought measure would be needed to control th edistribution of .. and not the lesser cornstalk borer itself!
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98/1000 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2009, 11:05
Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 09 Jul 2009, 12:45
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is - subject verb agreement
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are misplaced modifier
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is - misplaced modifier "lesser cornstalk borer control"
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are - correct

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
- "misplaced modifer"
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2009, 07:34
gotcha ...OA is D.
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 16 Dec 2010, 15:05
C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is

What is wrong with this? Please explain? Where is the modifier error? Thanks.
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2010, 07:30
Yea, I also went with C. The modifer looks correct. I think the correct answer is C
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2011, 05:36
Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

The way I see it, this is a toss up between B and D
B is not correct because the clause before the comma has no noun.
Therefore it is D
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Re: 98/1000 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2011, 06:06
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The reason for rejecting B is not the lack of a verb in the “ clause” before the comma; In fact, the part before the comma is not even a clause; it is an adjectival modifier phrase; In essence what is widely distributed is the pest lesser cornstcok borer. But in B, the modifier modifies ‘measures, rather than the pest. That is the reason to dump B
The answer is D becos of proper modification
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SC question [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 22:46
Hi Guys,
can someone help me solve the following?


11. Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 23:16
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A classic case of mis-modification

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is --- them has no referent

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are ---
What is widely distributed is the insect’s young one, the lesser cornstcok borer, ( don’t try to analyze what lesser corn stock borer is ; It is the name given to a grub that bores into the bottom stem portion of the corn plant) and not the measures to control it. Wrong modification

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is – same as in B control is not widely distributed. Wrong modification

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are --- By using a differently structured sentence, what is widely distributed and what are necessary have been made amply clear. Correct choice

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is --- it wrongly refers to control rather than insect

One question. Why is it tagged SV agreement?
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 00:02
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A classic case of mis-modification

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is --- them has no referent

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are ---
What is widely distributed is the insect’s young one, the lesser cornstcok borer, ( don’t try to analyze what lesser corn stock borer is ; It is the name given to a grub that bores into the bottom stem portion of the corn plant) and not the measures to control it. Wrong modification

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is – same as in B control is not widely distributed. Wrong modification

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are --- By using a differently structured sentence, what is widely distributed and what are necessary have been made amply clear. Correct choice

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is --- it wrongly refers to control rather than insect

One question. Why is it tagged SV agreement?



Thanks Daagh, well i saw the split of is/are at the last. Wasn't sure about the category....Now since you have explained, i will just edit it.

i was pretty much confused what this lesser cornstalk borer is....
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Re: SC question [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 00:03
+1 for D.

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Re: 98/1000 SC: The lesser cornstalk borer [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2011, 09:19
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is


(A) - Incorrect - "them" should be it
(B) - Incorrect - "measure" are not "widely distributed"
(C) - Incorrect - changes the meaning
(D) - Correct
(E) - Incorrect - "control" is not "widely distributed"
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Re: Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2016, 10:35
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Much of the problem of this question will be cleared if, we understand that the lesser corn borer is a pest that bores in the lower part of the corn stem and eats away the soft tissues, breaking the plant into two and leading to the plant’s death eventually. This is such a major pest in the southern regions where some definitive control is required.

On the grammar side, the borer is a singular noun


(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is – ‘ borer’ is singular and ‘them’ is plural . Sub-pronoun mismatch.

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are --- wrong modification, widely distributed things are not the measures but the borer.

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is – what is widely distributed is not the borer control but the borer. Same as in B

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are -- the correct choice.

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is --- control is not widely distributed., the borer is ------same as in B and C
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