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# Authorities in Switzerland are determined to alter the path

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Authorities in Switzerland are determined to alter the path of the River Rhone, <because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.>

A) because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.

B) whose devastating floods have caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs worth of damage, the cost of which will take several years for the Government to absorb.

C) which caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs of damage from the devastating floods which will take many years to absorb.

D) because several years and more than 500 million Swiss Francs will it take before the government can absorb the devastating damage from the floods.

E) which resulted in more than 500 million Swiss Francs in total cost for the devastating damage of the floods, which will take several years to absorb.
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Authorities in Switzerland are determined to alter the path of the River Rhone, <because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.>

A) because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.

B) whose devastating floods have caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs worth of damage, the cost of which will take several years for the Government to absorb.

C) which caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs of damage from the devastating floods which will take many years to absorb.

D) because several years and more than 500 million Swiss Francs will it take before the government can absorb the devastating damage from the floods.

E) which resulted in more than 500 million Swiss Francs in total cost for the devastating damage of the floods, which will take several years to absorb.

A - cost of damage should be followed by "from devastating flood" . Misplaced Modifier
C - It looks like River Rhone cause the more than 500 million Swiss francs and not its flood .
D - outright awkward
E - looks like River Rhone resulted from in more than 500 million francs.

B is clear and concise.
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02 Feb 2008, 19:29
vscid wrote:
Authorities in Switzerland are determined to alter the path of the River Rhone, <because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.>

A) because the cost of the damage will be more than 500 million Swiss Francs and will take several years to absorb after the devastating floods.

B) whose devastating floods have caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs worth of damage, the cost of which will take several years for the Government to absorb.

C) which caused more than 500 million Swiss Francs of damage from the devastating floods which will take many years to absorb.

D) because several years and more than 500 million Swiss Francs will it take before the government can absorb the devastating damage from the floods.

E) which resulted in more than 500 million Swiss Francs in total cost for the devastating damage of the floods, which will take several years to absorb.

I went for B here b/c of clarity.

C: which used after floods doesnt really make any sense. b/c the goverment will need to absorb the COST not the floods. Also its not very clear in C that the Rhone actually caused the floods. These problems persists in pretty much all of the other choices.

I would like to know when it is ok to use "Whose." I have read some contradictory advice on this and would like to get things clarified once and for all... Solaris
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04 Feb 2008, 17:34
OA is B.
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