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13 Jun 2007, 10:54
After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(B) Natural gas, after crude oil the United States second biggest fuel source, supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(C) Being supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, natural gas, the United States second biggest fuel source after crude oil.
(D) Natural gas, the United States’ second biggest fuel source after crude oil, is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(E) Natural gas is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, being the United States’ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

Why would one prefer Choice (D) over (A). I am unable to find a valid reason why one would be prefered over the other?
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13 Jun 2007, 11:07
(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and IS supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

We need 'is' in A for it to be correct.

D is the best choice among them all.
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13 Jun 2007, 11:23
The important point to note is the use of possessive should be there: United States' (apostrophe) second largest.
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13 Jun 2007, 13:05
Why would one prefer Choice (D) over (A). I am unable to find a valid reason why one would be prefered over the other?

I would with D over A, because D introduces the object of the sentence first, making it more clear (valid ). It also uses the "United States’.." as possessive.
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13 Jun 2007, 16:48
r019h wrote:
(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and IS supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

We need 'is' in A for it to be correct.

D is the best choice among them all.

absolutely.
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13 Jun 2007, 16:52
After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(B) Natural gas, after crude oil the United States second biggest fuel source, supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(C) Being supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, natural gas, the United States second biggest fuel source after crude oil.
(D) Natural gas, the United States’ second biggest fuel source after crude oil, is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
(E) Natural gas is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, being the United States’ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

Why would one prefer Choice (D) over (A). I am unable to find a valid reason why one would be prefered over the other?

only D has "United States’ " in th eanswer choice.
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13 Jun 2007, 19:56
vineetgupta wrote:
The important point to note is the use of possessive should be there: United States' (apostrophe) second largest.

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13 Jun 2007, 23:33
D as well for me.

It should be United States'. It is easy to miss this mistake because United States ends with an s. If you replace United States in the sentence with Europe in the sentence, it is easy to see the difference.
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14 Jun 2007, 01:04
B,E -> awkward sentences
C -> passive not preferred
A -> lacks apostrophe behind States

D for me.
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14 Jun 2007, 08:24
Its D
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16 Jun 2007, 02:02
I think "D" is the correct answer.
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09 Jan 2008, 09:29
D for me too for that"IS"
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20 May 2008, 22:03
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D for the apostrophe, the incorrect "is" in A and the placement of phrases.
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12 Jun 2008, 06:51
D it is!
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01 Aug 2011, 22:21
D has to be the overall ans , as D introduces Natural gas as the subject and also has United States' in possesive
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