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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

I am stuck between (B) and (D). What is the difference?
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(A) weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had
- 'they' has no antecedent

(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
- 'they' has no antecedent

(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
- 'they' has no antecedent

Between B and D, I'd go with D.
Forsee is a transitive verb, while foreseeable is a adjective. Since adjectives can only modify pronouns, D is a better choice.
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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

I am stuck between (B) and (D). What is the difference?


I lean to D.

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

the red part implies the inability of people to foresee....

We should say the weather is too capricious to predict, so we use 'not foreseeable.'
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Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?
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Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


Wilfred already explained above. In A, C, and E, 'they' has no clear antecedent.
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Folaa3 wrote:
Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


the stem is not properly underlined, may be that's why u got confused.
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Forsee is a transitive verb, while foreseeable is a adjective. Since adjectives can only modify pronouns, D is a better choice.


Agree that Foresee is a transitive verb but 'C' has 'foreseen' which is an adjective as 'foreseeable'.
Shouldn't the right answer have something like "weather conditions that .... , and pilot errors that often ....."

Confused between 'C' & 'D', all other choices have an unnecessary 'had' towards the end of the underlined statement.
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Folaa3 wrote:
Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


(C) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors are the cause of much larger deposits of spray than they had

I eliminated this choice because it does not depict a good parallel construct. Since the word 'accidents', a noun, begins the list, then i will expect the next word after the comma, to be a noun, in this case, 'weather'. 'Unforseeable' is an adjective and does not work (bad parallel structure)

(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

Same reason as (C)

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Folaa3 wrote:
Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


the stem is not properly underlined, may be that's why u got confused.


You can remove C from your answer choices since C has a problem with pronoun referent. ('they' is unclear what it modifies)
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Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


(C) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors are the cause of much larger deposits of spray than they had

I eliminated this choice because it does not depict a good parallel construct. Since the word 'accidents', a noun, begins the list, then i will expect the next word after the comma, to be a noun, in this case, 'weather'. 'Unforseeable' is an adjective and does not work (bad parallel structure)

(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

Same reason as (C)

Any more ideas? I will post the OA soon.


Arsene: I think you've given the answer away :-D
To achive parallel structure, we should go for the following all nouns structure: accidents, weather conditions ..., and pilot errors ...

Click B, and move on...
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Arsene_Wenger wrote:
Folaa3 wrote:
Probably low on caffeine but what is wrong with C and E?


(C) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors are the cause of much larger deposits of spray than they had

I eliminated this choice because it does not depict a good parallel construct. Since the word 'accidents', a noun, begins the list, then i will expect the next word after the comma, to be a noun, in this case, 'weather'. 'Unforseeable' is an adjective and does not work (bad parallel structure)

(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

Same reason as (C)

Any more ideas? I will post the OA soon.


Hi, add more to choice C and D.

past perfect tense should be used with the past tense. It's a common error, I think.

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OA is (B) guys.
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