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Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite, while each year 16 buildings cab be expected to sustain damage from such objects.

A. ....
B. a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
C. a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
D. every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite
E. every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite
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24 Jan 2006, 03:26
Is it E? May be I am totally wrong.

-D - will indicates absolute certainty. After all they have just calculated.
-C - In think is incorrect because the first part of the sentence needs to be passive. .... 'coz second part "buildings cab be expected to sustain damage from" is passive
A/B - struck every nine year by meteorite is probably incorrect. struck by a meteorite seems better.
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24 Jan 2006, 08:54
E.

We do not know which human being so "a hum..." is fine here. Also should be has little uncertaintity and goes perfectly well with "can be expected". In D will suggest absolute certaintity.
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24 Jan 2006, 09:11
D it is... (altho I got it wrong too the first time)....

'will be' is the correct tense.. moreover 'should' makes it appear as if the author really wants humans to be hit by meteorites!!!
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24 Jan 2006, 19:59
I would go with D

Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite, while each year 16 buildings cab be expected to sustain damage from such objects.

A. ....
B. a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
again should
C. a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
Not parallel
D. every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite
Parallel and Correct
E. every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite
Though should is for subjunctive, but here should sounds like as it would definetely happen.
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24 Jan 2006, 20:18
Its D fo shizzle (quoting Snoop Dogg)

A, B, E are out because no human being 'should be' struck by a meteorite, unless they did something really really bad!

Somehow C just doesn't flow for me...Also it changes the meaning. It sounds as though the same human being will be struck once every nine years; so he would've gotten struck twice in 18 years ????
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24 Jan 2006, 20:51
It's between D and E.
I will go with E.
Reason: 'Should' has less probability than 'Will'.

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24 Jan 2006, 21:03
Let me try to explain

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ps_dahiya wrote:
Canadian scientists have calculated that one human being should be struck every nine years by a meteorite, while each year 16 buildings cab be expected to sustain damage from such objects.

A. ....
Sounds like only one human will be struck ... also should is wrong here
B. a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
Should is wrong here becuase scientists are not giving advise.

C. a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
again "one human" is wrong here as explained in A.

D. every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite

This is good

E. every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite

Should is wrong here.

Gyus correct me if I'm wrong
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24 Jan 2006, 21:06
Bhai wrote:
E.

We do not know which human being so "a hum..." is fine here. Also should be has little uncertaintity and goes perfectly well with "can be expected". In D will suggest absolute certaintity.

Bhai,

this is an ugly SC.

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... =meteorite

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24 Jan 2006, 22:31
TeHCM wrote:
A, B, E are out because no human being 'should be' struck by a meteorite, unless they did something really really bad!

TeHCM, you make it look real easy!

I would have chosen D anyday over E, but recently I read in a rather popular SC book that "should" is used to indicate possibility and "will" indicates certainty. What I didn't pay attention to is the next sentence that said "you should check to see if the meaning of the original sentence requires doubt or certainty".

I guess here the scientists have "calculated that X will happen" means that they could have calculated with certainty but it may NOT be correct.
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24 Jan 2006, 22:36
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I guess here the scientists have "calculated that X will happen"
is the key
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24 Jan 2006, 23:44
I vote for D too. Reason:

A. ....
B. a human being should be struck by a meteorite once in every nine years
Should is too strong.

C. a meteorite will strike one human being once in every nine years
This means one particular human being will be struck once in every 9 years.
D. every nine years a human being will be struck by a meteorite
Correct

E. every nine years a human being should be struck by a meteorite
Should is again too strong
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25 Jan 2006, 00:09
TeHCM wrote:
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I guess here the scientists have "calculated that X will happen"
is the key

Bulls Eye !!!!!

OA is D.

OE: The verb "should" implies obligation: in this sentence, it indicates that one human being ought to be struck every nine years, as though that person somehow deserved it. The scientists clearly mean that a human being will be struck by a meteorite roughly every nine years.
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