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Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western [#permalink] New post 08 May 2009, 06:40
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Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.

A. Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.
B. Once predominantly a grain-producing state, competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually was causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
C. Pennsylvania’s farmers were gradually caused to turn to livestock raising by competition from large western farms in the mid-nineteenth century, but before that it was predominantly a grain-producing state.
D. It was once predominantly grain-producing, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms was gradually causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
E. Pennsylvania was once a predominantly grain-producing state, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually caused the state’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 08 May 2009, 07:02
IMO E

Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.

A. Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing --> it is not clearly modifies for which Noun
B. Once predominantly a grain-producing state, competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually was causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->dangling: competition cannot once be a grain-producing state
C. Pennsylvania’s farmers were gradually caused to turn to livestock raising by competition from large western farms in the mid-nineteenth century, but before that it was predominantly a grain-producing state -->same error as (A)
D. It was once predominantly grain-producing, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms was gradually causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->it here wrongly modifies for competition, because competition can't be a grain-producing
E. Pennsylvania was once a predominantly grain-producing state, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually caused the state’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->best. precise meaning and structure
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 08 May 2009, 07:54
thanks! OA is E
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 12:58
E

The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 16:46
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The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.
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The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.


Well tried.....but in GMAT,there is no runner up. :-D
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2009, 13:22
E is the only correct. I'll go for E.
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Re: SC - Pennsylvania farmers [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 02:28
I am stuck between A and E... :-) please explain how A is wrong.
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Re: Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 11:55
Clearly E. All others are wrong because of lack of referents to the pronoun or because of faulty parallelism.
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Re: Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2012, 01:35
+1 for E, all others have modifier misplaced problem.
Re: Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western   [#permalink] 03 Jan 2012, 01:35
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