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Meaning/clarity 3.In the 1960s, to reduce the discharge of [#permalink]
23 Dec 2012, 06:07
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1) In the 1960s, to reduce the discharge of untreated wastes into the Great Lakes, limits were set by the United States and its neighbouring countries on the amount of effluents that could be discharged into these water bodies
(A) limits were set by the United States and its neighbouring countries on (B) limits set by the United States and its neighbouring countries for (C) the United States and its neighbouring countries have set limits on (D) limits have been set by the United States and its neighbouring countries restricting (E) the United States and its neighbouring countries set limits on
2) Jim Denver, already certified as a doctor in his native country, supported himself by washing cars and delivering newspapers while pursuing an advanced degree at Oxford University
(A) Denver, already certified as a doctor (B) Denver, already a certifiable doctor (C) Denver was already certified as a doctor (D) Denver, already certified for being a doctor (E) Denver was certified as a doctor already
3) The scientists noted that rats suffering from the rare degenerative disease had begun to die six months earlier, even though they had shown no signs of the disease then.
(A) earlier, even though they had shown no signs of the disease then (B) earlier, but they were not showing no signs of the disease then (C) earlier, no outward signs of the disease had been shown in them, however (D) earlier without any signs of the disease shown then (E) earlier, even though no signs of it were seen in them at that time
4) While the exact cause of the disease is not known, experts say that improper diet and a sedentary lifestyle contributes to the onset of the disease.
(A) sedentary lifestyle contributes to (B) sedentary lifestyle contributes for (C) sedentary lifestyle are contributing for (D) sedentary lifestyle contribute to (E) sedentary lifestyle has been contributing to
5) Friends of the reclusive poet say that he is annoying because of his erratic nature but his words are still a delight
(A) but his words are still a delight (B) although he uses delightful words (C) and he is delightful in his use of words too (D) while being delightful because of his words (E) but delightful because of his words
6) The talent-show participant decided to spend the night before the finals listening to music and relaxing but not to be practicing
(A) but not to be practicing (B) and not for practicing (C) more than practice (D) rather than having practiced (E) rather than practicing
7) Driving through the mountains, the waterfalls and mist-covered peaks, which we photographed, were beautiful.
(A) the waterfalls and mist-covered peaks, which we photographed, were beautiful (B) the beautiful waterfalls and mist-covered peaks were what we photographed (C) our photographs consisted of beautiful waterfalls and mist-covered peaks (D) we photographed the beautiful waterfalls and mist-covered peaks (E) what we photographed were the waterfalls and mist-covered peaks, which were beautiful
8) The legendary traveller, Ibn Battuta, wrote and published the Rihla with his purpose being to recount stories of his travels across the world.
(A) with his purpose being to recount (B) to recount (C) and his purpose was recounting (D) thus recounted (E) for recounting
9) As a painter, M F Husain enriched the world of painting, he uses as his work’s inspiration many Indian gods and goddesses
(A) Husain enriched the world of painting, he uses as his work’s inspiration (B) Husain enriched the world of painting with works inspired by (C) Husain, who has enriched the world of painting by works, whose inspirations are (D) Husain had enriched the world of painting through works that had the inspiration of (E) Husain is enriching the world of painting through works that had the inspiration of
10) The acclaimed writer said that his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family and that the landscape of his childhood also shaped his thinking and provided themes for his stories.
(A) his writing, which were powerfully influenced by storytellers in its family (B) his writing was influenced by powerful storytellers in his family (C) storytellers in his family powerfully influenced his writing (D) storytellers in the family being powerful influence on his writing (E) powerfully influential in his writing were family storytellers
B - The use of the past continuous tense (were not showing) is incorrect. We actually need to use the past perfect tense to match ‘had begun’ in the no:n- underlined part
C - This is a run-on sentence because a comma is used to connect two independent clauses
D - By omitting the pronoun ‘they’ or ‘them’, this sentence fails to clarify who should have shown the signs of the disease
E - The usage of the pronouns ‘it’ and ‘they’ introduces ambiguity in the sentence
Can somebody explain why C is the answer for qu 10 and not B. I thought C completely changes the intended meaning of the sentence from the story tellers as a powerful influence to one exerting power. That's why I chose B
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