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The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 20:42
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The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but accidents, weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had anticipated.
(A) weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had
(B) weather conditions that cannot be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(C) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors are the cause of much larger deposits of spray than they had
(D) weather conditions that are not foreseeable, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had
Can somebody please explain the difference between B and E ? Am totally lost.. Am unable to associate // as the issue here
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Re: spraying of pesticides [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 22:44
First up, please underline the portion of the sentence so that it's easier to read in the GMAT format. I felt I got it wrong, because it was so confusing to see which part at the end of the setence was part of the original sentence (than they had or just than?)

The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but accidents, weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had anticipated.

(B) weather conditions that cannot be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

In E, who does the last "they" represent? There is no clear antecedant. But we now know GMAT doesn't care much about antecedents of pronouns. So, there must be another reason.
Let's simplify the sentence:
X can be planned, but A, B and C often cause larger deposits than THEY had anticipated. (Does it make sense?? Of course not. Because They is unnecessary in the third person speech.
In B, third person speech is correctly used and it avoids the THEY which is used to assign anticipation to some group (and wrongly so) in E.
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Re: spraying of pesticides [#permalink] New post 05 Mar 2012, 23:38
mourinhogmat1 wrote:
First up, please underline the portion of the sentence so that it's easier to read in the GMAT format. I felt I got it wrong, because it was so confusing to see which part at the end of the setence was part of the original sentence (than they had or just than?)

The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but accidents, weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had anticipated.

(B) weather conditions that cannot be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

In E, who does the last "they" represent? There is no clear antecedant. But we now know GMAT doesn't care much about antecedents of pronouns. So, there must be another reason.
Let's simplify the sentence:
X can be planned, but A, B and C often cause larger deposits than THEY had anticipated. (Does it make sense?? Of course not. Because They is unnecessary in the third person speech.
In B, third person speech is correctly used and it avoids the THEY which is used to assign anticipation to some group (and wrongly so) in E.



My mistake.. I meant I need an explanation between B and D.. Any thoughts?
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Re: spraying of pesticides [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2012, 00:07
weather conditions that cannot be foreseen vs. weather conditions that are not foreseeable.

Foreseen is a verb and foreseeable is an adjective, right?
We say "in the foreseeable future".
Usage wise the second one is awefully wordy. We can say "unforeseeable weather conditions." MUCH BETTER as in answer choice C.

Secondly, ARE is a state of being. e.g. you are bad. So, can weather conditions be in a state of "unforeseeableness" (BAD WORD :twisted: , but I guess it serves the purpose)? Answer is NO. They can be unforeseen.
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