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Over the next few years, increasing demands on the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Apalachicola River, could alter the saline content of Apalachicola Bay, which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size, less distinctive, and less in demand.

A. which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size
B. and it would rob the oysters there of their flavor, make them smaller
C. and rob the oysters there of their flavor, making them decrease in size
D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size
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Re: Over the next few years, increasing demands on the [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 18:46
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sujit2k7 wrote:
Can some guru point out the difference between D, E with respect to usage of AND.
with one "comma + and" in another ' no comma + and'

D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size

Thanks in adv :dunnow


The rule is that you only use "comma" + "and" in lists consisting of more than two items. For example: "Oysters smell good, look shiny, AND taste great.

Let's look at why D is correct. Here is the list of items:
1) robbing oysters of their flavor AND
2) making them smaller
2.1) less distinctive AND
2.2) less in demand

As you can see there are two main lists marked as 1) and 2). AND is the marker that separates item1 from 2. This is why there is no comma used before "and". There is a sublist wihin item 2) that consists of three elements. There is comma in front of AND because the sublist consists of more than two items.

Hopefully, now you can see why E is wrong.
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 10:40
Answer: D

Only D and C come close

"decrease in size" can be more concise by "smaller".

In C, it seems like the loss of flavor is making them smaller.

D also maintains ||ism...

Answer: D
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 10:47
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Answer: D

Only D and C come close

"decrease in size" can be more concise by "smaller".

In C, it seems like the loss of flavor is making them smaller.

D also maintains ||ism...

Answer: D


hello sir ,

D wins over E by succinct expression of " making them smaller " ?

plus, is "decrease in size " an idiomatic usage in GMAT English?
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 10:50
Over the next few years, increasing demands on the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Apalachicola River, could alter the saline content of Apalachicola Bay, which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size, less distinctive, and less in demand.

A. which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size (INCORRECT : which refers to Apalachicola Bay)
B. and it would rob the oysters there of their flavor, make them smaller (INCORRECT: The subjec tof the sentence is "increasing demands ". Cann't use it)
C. and rob the oysters there of their flavor, making them decrease in size(INCORRECT : use of making is wrong. It sounds like robbing the test is what causing the oysters to become smaller)
D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller (CORRECT)
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size (INCORRECT: "decrease in size" is wordy and improprely used in this context)
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 [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 13:32
D for parallelism and concise than E.

increasing ... robbing ...making
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Re: SC - oyster [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 18:09
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Over the next few years, increasing demands on the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Apalachicola River, could alter the saline content of Apalachicola Bay, which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size, less distinctive, and less in demand.

A. which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size
B. and it would rob the oysters there of their flavor, make them smaller
C. and rob the oysters there of their flavor, making them decrease in size
D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size


Over the next few years is future. So would is wrong { I leant this just a few days back :-D }

A and B are straight away ruled out.

C ad E make themselves verbose leaving D as the solution
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Re: SC - oyster [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2006, 21:57
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jerrywu wrote:
Over the next few years, increasing demands on the Chattahoochee River, which flows into the Apalachicola River, could alter the saline content of Apalachicola Bay, which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size, less distinctive, and less in demand.

A. which would rob the oysters there of their flavor, and to make them decrease in size
B. and it would rob the oysters there of their flavor, make them smaller
C. and rob the oysters there of their flavor, making them decrease in size
D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size


Over the next few years is future. So would is wrong { I leant this just a few days back :-D }

A and B are straight away ruled out.

C ad E make themselves verbose leaving D as the solution




Over the next few years is future


I don't spot it when I do this practice . Now I learn it from you ..thanks!

OA is (D)
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Re: Over the next few years, increasing demands on the [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 18:11
Can some guru point out the difference between D, E with respect to usage of AND.
with one "comma + and" in another ' no comma + and'

D. robbing the oysters there of their flavor and making them smaller
E. robbing the oysters there of their flavor, and making them decrease in size

Thanks in adv :dunnow
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