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# Europes travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish

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Europe’s travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish economy, a stretch of bad weather as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persistent.

(A) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persitstent
(B) and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent
(C) but persistent terrorist activity has had a chilling effect too
(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
(E) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that persists

can any 1 pls explain this
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One thing to note: B has singular effect, D has plural effects.
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23 Sep 2009, 12:54
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Europe’s travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish economy, a stretch of bad weather as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persistent.
(A) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persitstent
(B) and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent
(C) but persistent terrorist activity has had a chilling effect too
(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
(E) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that persists

can any 1 pls explain this

X, Y AND Z - parallel
A, E - out
C - "but" changes the meaning

D - is better than B (that is persistent)
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24 Sep 2009, 10:11
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Persistent [Terrorist Activity] ...

This is not ambiguous, this is just an adjective to a noun that has already one.
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Europe’s travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish economy, a stretch of bad weather as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persistent.

(A) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persitstent
(B) and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent
(C) but persistent terrorist activity has had a chilling effect too
(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
(E) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that persists

Oh boy, this one is a real toughie.
Let me give it a shot

(A) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persistent
As well as is typically used when you want to indicate "in addition to".
For e.g: I have to clean the floors as well as cook the food.
I like black, white, blue, as well as green - This is incorrect. We need to use the word "AND" to describe a list of 3 things.

One of the main differences between "as well as " and "AND" is that "as well as" is considered an additive phrase, while "AND" is considered a multiplier.

Jack as well as Jill , is going to the party.
Jack and Jill are going to the party
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(B) and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent
We will come back to this later

(C) but persistent terrorist activity has had a chilling effect too
"But" is a conjuction that is typically used to indicate contrast. There is no contrast indicated here.
I like cookies, but my sister loves chocolates.

(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
We will come back to this later.

(E) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that persists
Same explanation as (A)

Ok, so we have a tiebreaker situation here - (B) and (D)

(B)and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent

Let's take a closer look at the meaning.
The term "that" here is used as a modifier that modifiers terrorist activity.
What does the term chilling effect refer to ? Does it refer to any terrorist activity ? Well, in this case, this term refers only to the "terrorist activity THAT IS PERSISTENT".
The meaning of the sentence changes to --> All other terrorist activities other than the ones that are persistent are considered ok

Hence (D)

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23 Sep 2009, 11:45
I say D.. sorry not good at explaining these
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24 Sep 2009, 01:57
will choose D but dont know Y B is wrong
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24 Sep 2009, 08:34
this sentence is waiting for a AND ...

D's construction is better than B's ... for the reasons that already have been given.
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24 Sep 2009, 10:02
To me, B is better. D causes ambiguity since 'persistent' can modify terrorist or activity.
What is persistent? terrorist or terror activity. Of course, we can still guess which one, but the sentence still ambiguous.
In addition, to parallel with 'a result' and a stretch, 'effect' should be singular.

Europe’s travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish economy, a stretch of bad weather

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24 Sep 2009, 11:53
OA is D
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25 Sep 2009, 08:04
I'll go with D. Others are incorrect or wordy.
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06 Sep 2010, 04:55
This is a //ism qn.
as a result of X,Y and Z .
eliminate A,C,E
btw B and D
B - that makes the structure improper,
D - comparatively better
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06 Sep 2010, 05:03
usage of And is better than as well as . So left with B and D. D is precise and clear than B
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06 Sep 2010, 05:56
I too agree with D.
B is bit wordier than D .
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06 Sep 2010, 06:10
I will go with D , || in clause is clearly evident in the option D against the other options where we see inconsistency in the ||
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06 Sep 2010, 06:40
D obvious.

"as a result of X,Y and Z". is better than "as a result of X,Y as well as Z."

as well as introduces information which is already known to the listener/reader; the rest of the sentence gives new information.
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06 Sep 2010, 10:45
A very different SC indeed....
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06 Sep 2010, 13:24
I choose D

(A) unclear whether chilling effects are persistent or terror activity is persistent
(B) (that is persistent) is not concise
(C) but .... is not parallel
(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
(E) not parallel
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06 Sep 2010, 16:47
I agree that the answer is D, but there should be a comma after the word "weather."
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06 Sep 2010, 22:47
sagarsabnis wrote:
Europe’s travel lndustry is suffering as a result of sluggish economy, a stretch of bad weather as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persistent.

(A) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that is persitstent
affects (plural), is persistence (singular)
(B) and the chilling effect of terrorist activity that is persistent
missing comma, but otherwise sound
(C) but persistent terrorist activity has had a chilling effect too
we need "and" since we are listing elements. "but" changes the meaning
(D) and the chilling effects of persistent terrorist activity
missing comma but otherwise sound, more concise than B
(E) as well as the chilling effects of terrorist activity that persists
same as A

can any 1 pls explain this

D is a better choice than B in term of concision
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