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The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 17:37
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The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms three
summers ago, has proven ineffective because other pesticides'
chemical compositions already in wide use
neutralizing its
desired effect.

(A) because other pesticides' chemical compositions already
in wide use
(B) because of the chemical compositions of the pesticides
already in wide use
(C) due to other pesticides already in wide use, whose
chemical compositions have been
(D) since, due to the chemical compositions of other pesti-
cides already in use, those pesticides have been
(E) because of other pesticides and their chemical compo-
sitions already in use, which have been

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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 18:08
C should be the answer
A) implies that it is the chemical's composition which is in wide use and does not make sense
B) is not clear as to what is performing the act of neutralizing. Is it the chemical composition of the pesticides which are neutralizing or is it the pesticides themselves?
C) is clear because it clearly says that it is the chemical compositions of those pesticides which have been neutralizing...
D) since, due to is unidiomatic
E) treats chemical composition and pesticides as 2 separate entities when chemical composition is a component of pesticides
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 18:34
After reading the question, i was looking for the question because
the title says it is a CR question. :lol:

B and C both looks okay.
But, I've choosen B.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 19:04
Actually, upon re-reading my analysis, I think I went wrong with C. I now prefer B because it is shorter and more concise than C. C has an inappropriate use of verb tense have been.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 19:38
This question got me first. I and kpadma discussed about it and this is what came out.

B should be answer. I dont want to discuss about other choices. The only contenders are B and C. Now How do we choose B over C. The key is
"due to" and "because"

It is preferable to say the following
The concert was cancelled because of rain
over
The concert was cancelled due to rain.

"due to" is used as follows

The cancellation of concert was due to the rain

due to should only be used as a complement (i.e., after a be-verb)


I hope B is right.
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 [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2004, 21:20
What is the grammatical error in choice E, other than being wordy?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2004, 13:05
Sorry for the wrong header for the topic. It is SC question.

The question id from businessweek.com website.

I also chose B as my answer. But the official answer is C.

Here are my thoughts about B and C:

Choice B: With choice B, the sentence becomes as follows:

The pesticide Azocide has proven ineffective because of the chemical compositions of the pesticides already in wide use neutralizing its desired effect.

More simplyfying version: Something has proven ineffective because of some other thing neutralizing its desired effect.

Choice C : With choice C the sentence becoms as follows:

The pesticide Azocide has proven ineffective due to other pesticides already in wide use, whose chemical compositions have been neutralizing its desired effect.

Simplified version: Something has proven ineffective due to some other thing, whose chemical composition have been neutralizing its desired effect.

My questions:

(1) Can the word "whose" be used for "things"? The only reason I choice B over C was the use of "whose" in C.

(2) After looking at the simplified versions above, which one do you find more compelling?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2004, 15:41
These questions are hard to crack!
Did the businessweek forum reveal the source of the question?

I don't see any meaning shift in answer choice B. Then again,
sometimes, I'm the last to notice these subtle differences.

Anyone care to explain further?
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2004, 17:44
kpadma wrote:
These questions are hard to crack!
Did the businessweek forum reveal the source of the question?

I don't see any meaning shift in answer choice B. Then again,
sometimes, I'm the last to notice these subtle differences.

Anyone care to explain further?


It was not posted on the businessweek forum but on Businessweek's website, there are few sample questions. This queation is one of them:

http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/gmat/practice.htm


Also browse through the LINK section of this forum. It has many links that contain good practice questions.
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Re: CR-Azocide [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2004, 01:05
gmatblast wrote:
The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms three
summers ago, has proven ineffective because other pesticides'
chemical compositions already in wide use
neutralizing its
desired effect.

(A) because other pesticides' chemical compositions already
in wide use
(B) because of the chemical compositions of the pesticides
already in wide use
(C) due to other pesticides already in wide use, whose
chemical compositions have been
(D) since, due to the chemical compositions of other pesti-
cides already in use, those pesticides have been
(E) because of other pesticides and their chemical compo-
sitions already in use, which have been


A is wrong because it refers to compositions in wide use, not pesticides; also it is a sentence fragment.
B is wrong because the ineffectiveness is not caused by the "chemical compositions" of pesticides in wide use, but rather by the of "pesticides" in wide use. i.e., IMO the "wide use" should be emphasized rather than the "chemical composition" as the culprit.
C correct states that the problem is due to the wide use of the other pesticides -- explaining further that the chemical compositions of those pesticides have been neutralizing the effect.
D is wrong because it does not carry the implication that the "wide" use of the other pesticides is the crux of the problem
E is wrong for the same reason as above.
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