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If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it increases the likelihood that the impact of a single crop disease or pest will be disastrous.

(A) If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it
(B) If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, as is fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it
(C) A practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area
(D) A single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,
(E) The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,
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23 Jul 2004, 10:13
Pls respond with the your line of reasoning and explain why you booted out an answer choice.

I will post the OA after some discussion. I narrowed it down to 2 choices and eliminated the "correct answer" but would like to hear your perspective.

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23 Jul 2004, 10:18
Ans: E

"a practice" in the parenthetical part of the sentence should refer to a practice in the main clause. only option E has a correct reference of "a practice" to "The use", rest of the options have an incorrect reference
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23 Jul 2004, 10:48
I'm not sure i understand what you by the following:

"a practice" in the parenthetical part of the sentence should refer to a practice in the main clause."

Can you elaborate on what you mean by that. I see the word "practice" being used only once. I narrowed the answer choices to D, E. I thought both were equally good. I choice "D" because the clause "A single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area" modifies the entire phrase "a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods"..........I think this is called an "absolute composition"

"only option E has a correct reference of "a practice" to "The use", rest of the options have an incorrect reference"
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23 Jul 2004, 11:01
I used the logic in the following thread:

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ght=#46361

Based on the logic in this thread why is D wrong? Anyone?
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23 Jul 2004, 11:05
D?

Its true that it should be between D and E.

My reasoning is " a single strain ..........increases the likelihood"

Also used and fostered go well.
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23 Jul 2004, 12:22
This is modifier SC.

The phrase that comes before "practice" must indeed be a practice or something similar.

ACD all have "strain of plant" being referred to as a "practice" which is clearly wrong.

B has incorrect/ambiguous pronoun reference "it"

E is the best answer. This is not a case of absolute construction.

The following might be an eg. of an absolute contruction:
A single strain of plant is being used for a given crop over a wide area, strain that is one of the most popular ones used these days.
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24 Jul 2004, 05:29
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(E) The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,

Shoud it not start like this
The use of a single strain of plant...

D does not have that error and hence I think its the answer...Someone please counter this...
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25 Jul 2004, 23:22
my ans is e

ash was right thi is a modifier type.

the highly imporatnt thing to watch here '' the use of '' which is a PRACTICE... and it is this that should be modified all others are vaguely structured or incorrectly modiifed parts...

B ''it'' does not have the referent noun ...is IT the single strain or th the use of the strain that is refered here....

abisurd: it need not be A single why cos ''single strain'' can be one word or a type of a strain like red -gene or bue-colour... where ''single'' could be an adjective as red and blue are so ...

hope that helps ! ofcourse if the ans is wrong thn my whole thesis is gone

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26 Jul 2004, 01:22
E is best.

(D) is wrong, because it is not the grain that increases, rather it is the use of grain that increases.
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26 Jul 2004, 05:56
E looks fine....I have no explanation on the others
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26 Jul 2004, 15:36
OA is E.......
26 Jul 2004, 15:36
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