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# The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but

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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

Which is better between B and D and why ???
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01 Jul 2004, 23:31
foreseeable: could be foreseen
D) weather conditions that are not foreseeable(could be foreseen) --> wrong
B is best with "cannot be foreseen". It is clear and unambiguous.
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02 Jul 2004, 01:07
ashkg wrote:
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

Which is better between B and D and why ???

I vote for B.

apparently the word 'unforeseeable' in (D) isn't even in the dictionary, although one can hear it being used from time to time
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02 Jul 2004, 05:17
my ans would be ...B

A C and E have the 'THEY'' which does not have a clear noun referent... so they are out of the 'game'

between B and D the use of ''forseeable' sounds odd than does the use of ''forseen'' agree with PAUL and smashing !

hope that helps!

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02 Jul 2004, 06:54
D. I think so.

economists should have foreseen the recession Transitive verb should always have a noun phrase, I guess

weather conditions that are not foreseeable. This linking verb linkes the WC to adjective foreseeable, which describes the WC as something that cannot be foreseen.
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02 Jul 2004, 07:06
ashkg wrote:
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.

At first I choose E. but I think D is correct.

The problem with A,C, and E is the refrence of they is ambiguous.

B I think cannot is missing a subject, and it can give a meaning that the weather conditions cannot foreseen. Therefore, D is the best choice.
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02 Jul 2004, 07:09
Hi

I vote for A. Nothing wrong in the orginal sentence. Explainations later (oppss, i am developing this habit of not explaining ... though at one time I pointed out this bad habit). Pardon me for that.

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02 Jul 2004, 07:22
hi,

my choice is D.

cleary A,C,E is not having proper noun referrent to "they" in the sentence.

so B and D are left out.

D is my guess. in B "can not be forseen" seems to be incorrect to my mind.
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02 Jul 2004, 08:02
SmashingGrace wrote:
I vote for B.

apparently the word 'unforeseeable' in (D) isn't even in the dictionary, although one can hear it being used from time to time

OA is B. forseeable is adj form of forsee. Please see the picture.

"unforseeable weather conditions"
"forseeable weather conditions"
both phrases above are correct usage.

That we can't use "...condtions that not forreseeable" is the key.

for e.g. One would say......
"Cold weather conditions are not good for playing basketball."

You would never say..
"Weather conditions that are cold are not good for playing basketball." Cold seems to be misplaced here.

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02 Jul 2004, 08:09
thanks ash,

thats indeed a very good explanation.

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02 Jul 2004, 08:15
carsen wrote:
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I vote for A. Nothing wrong in the orginal sentence. Explainations later (oppss, i am developing this habit of not explaining ... though at one time I pointed out this bad habit). Pardon me for that.

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A uses a mixture of present and past tense - wrong

"spraying of pesticides"..........goes well with ".... cannot be...."

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03 Jul 2004, 03:12
ash,

can you give me the link where i can get that software "dictionary and theserus".

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03 Jul 2004, 09:20
that software is installed on my local machine. its not from the web...., a friend had given me the installable last year when I was in India.
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20 Jun 2005, 05:29
ashkg wrote:

OA is B. forseeable is adj form of forsee. Please see the picture.

"unforseeable weather conditions"
"forseeable weather conditions"
both phrases above are correct usage.

That we can't use "...condtions that not forreseeable" is the key.

for e.g. One would say......
"Cold weather conditions are not good for playing basketball."

You would never say..
"Weather conditions that are cold are not good for playing basketball." Cold seems to be misplaced here.

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I dont think "cold" is a misplaced modifier here. I just think the latter is a convoluted way of saying the former.

Could someone verify whether the following construction is correct? For parallelism to work, if the first element is a noun can the 2nd element have a adjective followed by a noun.

e.g:
The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but accidents [a noun], unforeseeable weather conditions, .......

Would "unforeseeable", an adjective spoil parallelism here? I know why A, C E are wrong.

Is "D" wrong because of the verbiage "weather conditions that are not foreseeable" is covoluted way of saying AC B. Grammatically, i dont see anything wrong with it?
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24 Jun 2005, 08:39
Could someone answer my questions please? Paul, Super, Honghu, or anyone else?
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26 Jun 2005, 15:35
Bumping up this thread. Paul, HongHu, Super and other SC Gurus please chime in.

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27 Jun 2005, 06:51
unforeseeable is an adjective and CANNOT be used as the object of a sentence. For instance, you would say "the foreseeable future" or "a foreseeable question" but you would say "a future that can be foreseen" or "a question that can be foreseen". In any case, the former instance when "foreseeable" is used as an adjective is more concise. Since D uses "foreseeable" as object rather than adjective, it is discarded.
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27 Jun 2005, 07:19
A is wrong because the use of "they" is not correct. Also the use of "could not" seems wrong because the first part of the sentence says "can be carefully planned"

C and E are wrong for the same reason

D - "are not foreseeable" is not idiomatic

B for me
27 Jun 2005, 07:19
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