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Chronic low-level leaking and the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts present considerable environmental risk during offshore oil drilling.

(A) Chronic low-level leaking and the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts present considerable environmental risk during offshore oil drilling.
(B) The reason offshore oil drilling presents a considerably environmental risk is because of chronic low-level leaking and the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts.
(C) A considerable risk to the environment is presented during offshore oil drilling, where low-level leaks are chronic and the routine discharge of mud and mineral salts.
(D) Offshore oil drilling presents a considerable risk to the environment due to the fact of chronic low-level leaks, and mud and mineral salts are routinely discharged.
(E) Chronic low-level leaking, along with the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts, are what make offshore oil drilling environmentally risky.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2004, 10:14
b/w E and A - A by POE.

B has 'considerably enviromental risk' which is awkward - should be 'considerable risk to the environment'.
C - wordy and awkward.
D - 'due to the fact of' is unidiomatic - it should be 'due to the fact that'

E - 'along with' should make the subject singular - so 'is' would be appropriate than 'are'. Little unsure if I need to read it as a compound subject or not. E otherwise would be the winner.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2004, 10:31
Agree with A here
B) "the reason... is because" is redundant. It should be "the reason... is that"
C) second part or relative clause introduced by "where" has no verb:
where low-level leaks are chronic
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the routine discharge of mud and mineral salts--> no verb here
D) indeed "due to the fact of" is not idiomatic
E) "along with the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts" is a parenthetical element set off by commas. It can be removed and following verb should be singular.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2004, 12:18
Paul wrote:
Agree with A here
B) "the reason... is because" is redundant. It should be "the reason... is that"
C) second part or relative clause introduced by "where" has no verb: where low-level leaks are chronic
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the routine discharge of mud and mineral salts--> no verb here
D) indeed "due to the fact of" is not idiomatic
E) "along with the routine discharge of drilling mud and mineral salts" is a parenthetical element set off by commas. It can be removed and following verb should be singular.


Agree with Paul. Some additions:
D. there is no real fact here.
A. may look like non-parallel sentence (leaking vs. discharge) but leaking is a gerund (action noun) and hence is okay to pair with discharge.
E. "are what make" should have been "is what makes"
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2004, 16:04
Yes, OA is A.
Thans, guys! I appreciate your analytic explanations.
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