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Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland sandpiper needs for feeding and nesting when it returns in May after wintering in the Argentine Pampas, the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices.

(A) the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in
(B) the bird itself is vanishing in the northeastern United States as a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in
(C) that the birds themselves are vanishing in the northeastern United States is due to residential and industrial development and changes to
(D) in the northeastern United States, sandpipers' vanishing due to residential and industrial development and to changes in
(E) in the northeastern United States, the sandpipers' vanishing, a result of residential and industrial development and changing

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 06:26
D

I am getting too confused with 'Like' in the beginning. Is the comparison makes any sense any one of these sentences.

If I don't consider like - i feel B could be the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 07:05
It's b/w A and D
I would take A
We are comparing 2 phenomena:
1- Like the grassy fields and old pastures
2- the sandpipers vanishing
B and C are out
E has incomplete sentence at the end with no verb
D has 2 flaws:
1- it has misplaced modifier problem in that it introduces the location first instead of putting the clause which is supposed to be contrasted to the first phenomenon "Like the grassy fields and old pastures"
2- the "sandpipers' vanishing" makes it that the vanishing is something that belongs to the sandpipers and is incorrect
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 07:49
Hmmm, upon re-reading, B does sound promising. I maybe discounted it too fast :shock:
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 10:37
I am unable to undertand the comparision. However B may be it.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 10:44
I also like B for parallelism in the Like comparison. But I'm not very confident.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 12:12
B is comparing like things:
the grassy fields and old pastures
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the bird
It is comparing those 2 things in a metaphorical way I would say
Pretty sure it's B
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2004, 21:42
[color=red]E. is incorrect because it is run-on and mumble jumble.
D. Incorrect use of ….sandpipers’ vanishing is due to …. and to changes in
C. is out for the verb of “thatâ€
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2004, 03:29
B too.

I think "like" is aimed at underlining that fields and pastures as well as the bird itself are endangered because of industrial development. so B and C support it, pb is C with subject/verb coherence
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2004, 06:54
Yes, B
1) The pastures are compared to bird - both are declining.
2) It is bird"s" in all the other four choices. B stands out.
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Re: sc: LIKE [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2004, 17:55
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Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland sandpiper needs for feeding and nesting when it returns in May after wintering in the Argentine Pampas, the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices.

A. the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in
B. the bird itself is vanishing in the northeastern United States as a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in
C. that the birds themselves are vanishing in the northeastern United States is due to residential and industrial development and changes to
D. in the northeastern United States, sandpipers’ vanishing is due to residential and industrial development and to changes in
E. in the northeastern United States, the sandpipers’ vanishing, a result of residential and industrial development and changing



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 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2005, 20:03
B is the only one that maitians correct verb tense agreement
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2005, 21:31
B. Comparision using like. like compares nouns.

but chunjuwu brings difficult problems. therefore a second thought should be applied. Could be A.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2005, 21:55
Has to be (B). The other choices all have plual forms for the bird, which is wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2005, 23:09
I wonder how we can compare "bird" to "the grassy fields and old pastures"
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2005, 01:43
B sounds the best.
It doesnot compare bird to field. Like is used in place of example and the comma breaks the sentence and makes a switch from field to bird.

not getting a better expanation. :oops:
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2005, 03:01
I'd go with (A)

IMO, the two - (i) vanishing grassy fields and pastures and (ii) the sandpipers vanishing are being caused by "residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices."

Therefore, the sentence reads as follows:

Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland sandpiper needs for feeding and nesting when it returns in May after wintering in the Argentine Pampas, the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2005, 05:08
in that case they should be an apostrophe after sandpipers'
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2005, 05:19
tareks wrote:
in that case they should be an apostrophe after sandpipers'


Correct again, tareks! I missed this one too.

I'll go with (B) then.
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2005, 06:19
Clearly the OA must be B, because of pronoun agreement.

But I'm just curious about why compare grassy fields with bird.

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