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Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year

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Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 12:34
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Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year 2000, the result of a major infestation of spruce budworm, that much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity, and a rapid expansion of the paper business.

(A) that much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity
(B) that coming to maturity of much of Maine's spruce and fir forests
(C) much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity
(D) Maine's spruce and fir forests, much of which is coming to maturity
(E) that maturity is coming to much of Maine's spruce and fir forests


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I found this on an old GMAT Prep test. I would really appreciate a thorough explanation. Why is it not B?
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Re: Maine's spruce and fir forests [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 12:44
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Could you double-check the transcription and/or source of this question? The list as completed by C is not parallel (there is a tensed verb, "are"--the other items in the list do not contain verbs). The placement of the phrase "by the year 2000" is also not ideal, as that placement sets up the phrase following it to be a misplaced modifier.
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Re: Maine's spruce and fir forests [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 15:43
Can we say MUCH of Maine's spruce and fir forests?
Shouldn't it be many?
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Re: Maine's spruce and fir forests [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 17:54
Are you sure it is an official GMAT problem ?

I was totally lost with the answer choices and only B looked somewhat plausible, given the current structure of the sentence.

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Re: Maine's spruce and fir forests [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 20:12
It was a really old GMAT Prep, and perhaps this question was flawed to begin with.
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Re: Maine's spruce and fir forests [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2011, 23:48
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Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year 2000, the result of a major infestation of spruce budworm, that much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity, and a rapid expansion of the paper business.

(A) that much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity
(B) that coming to maturity of much of Maine's spruce and fir forests
(C) much of Maine's spruce and fir forests are coming to maturity
(D) Maine's spruce and fir forests, much of which is coming to maturity
(E) that maturity is coming to much of Maine's spruce and fir forests


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I found this on an old GMAT Prep test. I would really appreciate a thorough explanation. Why is it not B?


I also got 'B'. In fact the answer option 'B' can be improved by removing 'that'
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Re: Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 06:25
What does "that" refer in this sentence?
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Re: Maine will face a serious shortage of timber by the year [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2011, 07:04
Agree, only B seems plausible.
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