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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
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13 Jul 2004, 21:28
shygo 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

This one is very wierd. whats the source, shygo?

In A, C and E, "they" does not have any referent. IMO, these choices can be eliminated for that reason alone.

I found no reason to pick one choice out of B and D.

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13 Jul 2004, 21:34
D.

"they" does not sound correct in the sentence.
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13 Jul 2004, 21:37
Praet, I got this question from BB's SC set.

I also could not decide between B and D.
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13 Jul 2004, 22:53
i go with D

'cannot be forseen' is not correct usage because one cannot predict whether it can forseen or not...
one can however speculate about the near future, hence ' not forseeable'

that's my line of thought.... any takers?
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13 Jul 2004, 23:14
D looks correct. 'than anticipated' is correct I believe as 'they' is hanging out there without proper reference.

So, between B & D. 'not foreseeable' indicates proper sense of inability to forecast weather. 'cannot be foreseen' indicates that it is impossible to forecast weather, which looks too restrained in its implication.

Thus, D stands tall

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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

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14 Jul 2004, 00:58
A. B and D are out for parallelism. Between C and E, I pick C
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14 Jul 2004, 01:17
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A. B and D are out for parallelism. Between C and E, I pick C

If you pick see, then explain what THEY means? Accidents? Errors? Pesticides?

B and D both seem to be OK. I opt for B because of a stronger verb--accidents, weather conditions, and errors CAUSE (not ARE the cause)larger deposits...
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14 Jul 2004, 08:20
Between B and D , i will go for B. D uses "are" which seems to suggest present tense. I dont think there is any issue between cannot be foreseen and unforeseeable. Both are correct. This is classic ETS way to confuse people.
All said, this one is really close call SC.
Now will the original poster provide OA and source of this SC?
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14 Jul 2004, 09:54
The OA is B
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14 Jul 2004, 22:00
Oh..You killed me with OA. No probs..

shygo wrote:
The OA is B

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