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The yield of natural gas from Norway's Troil gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabillize at six billion cubic fet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years' prduction.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for.

B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least.

C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing.

D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least.

E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least.
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The yield of natural gas from Norway's Troll gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years' production

a) 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for

b) 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least

C) 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing

d) 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least

e) 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least

Why is the Answer Not "D"?

Most Importantly what is an Appositive and an Appostive Phrase??

D is incorrect: Stabilizing is an incorrect verb form; it should be an infinitive to parallel to increase the subsequent phrase is awkward and confusing because it is not clear what noun allowing is supposed to modify.

B is correct because the infinitive to stabilize parallels to increase.

Appositives are nouns, noun phrases, or series of nouns placed next to another word or phrase to identify or rename it. Below is a few examples of appositive phrases (Non-restrictive), highlighted in bold.

The firm chose Mary, vice president of public affairs, as its chief executive officer.
Neil Armstrong, the first man who walked on the moon, is a native of Ohio.
Her husband, Fritz, is a nice guy.

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I will go with B, although D was a conteder

The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day , which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which
will allow such an extraction rate at least for (which modifies day=>OUT)
B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least (the last part modifies "six billion cubic feet a day"=>OK)
C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing (a day, with=>OUT)
D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least ("allow ..for" here is not appropriately used; "then stabilizing" lacks parallel antecendent; besides, "allowing" modifies "yield"=>wrong sence =>OUT)
Allow for
TIME/MONEY to plan to use a particular amount of money, time, etc for something
Allow three hours for the whole journey.

E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least (which modifies day=>OUT)
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Thank you for the response it makes total sense. As for the worksheet that is amazing!! I went ahead and found a bunch of more handouts on their website regarding Punctuation and Grammar. Thank You So Much!!

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27 Dec 2013, 08:18
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IMO B,
The yield is supposed to increase and to stabilize. Hence C, D, and E are gone.
Out of A and B, "which" in A is incorrectly referring to day.

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02 Oct 2005, 18:01
I'll go with A)

Between A) & B) ... A uses the correct idiom "allow for" (besides the parallel structure with "to stabilize").

Added: On second thoughts, D looks tempting too. But I'll stick with A and read other responses.
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02 Oct 2005, 22:32
My guess is B.

A sounds awkward and D needs to maintain parallelism to stabilize in order to complete the prediction.

Curious what the OA is?
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03 Oct 2005, 03:38
Between A and B, I would choose B. "Which" in A to me is ambiguous, and hence I would go with B.
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03 Oct 2005, 04:45
Which in A seems to refer to the noun day!

Id go with B!
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03 Oct 2005, 06:27
I'll go for B.

IMO A and D are out cause the use of which. which is refering to day which is
awkward.

B is ok..to increase.......and to stabilize.

C is out cause it's not parallell
E-don't really know why?
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The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troil gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for
2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least
2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing
2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least
2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least

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03 Sep 2007, 22:33
The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troil gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for
2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least
2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing
2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least
2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least

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The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troil gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least 50 years’ production

the conjunction "and" is essential and need to use "to stabilize" for llism with "to increase". the clause "which will allow" in A is incorrect.
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26 Sep 2007, 21:03
The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected to increase
annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day , which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which
will allow such an extraction rate at least for
B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an
extraction rate that will allow at least
C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with
such an extraction rate at the least allowing
D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing
such an extraction rate for at least
E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will
allow such an extraction rate for at least
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26 Sep 2007, 21:35
A. 'to stabilize' -- 'to' is not needed
B. 'to stabilize' -- 'to' is not needed
C. awkward
D. 'allowing' is wrong

E seems best.
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26 Sep 2007, 23:27
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The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day , which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for
B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least
C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing
D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least
E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least

B. I also prefer B over D.

"an extraction rate that will allow ........" clearly modifies the preceding clause "The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected (to increase annually until the year 2005 and then) to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day".
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The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected to increase annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day , which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate at least for
B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an extraction rate that will allow at least
C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with such an extraction rate at the least allowing
D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing such an extraction rate for at least
E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will allow such an extraction rate for at least

B. I also prefer B over D.

"an extraction rate that will allow ........" clearly modifies the preceding clause "The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected (to increase annually until the year 2005 and then) to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day".
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The yield of natural gas from Norway’s Troll gas field is expected to increase
annually until the year 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day , which will allow such an extraction rate at least for 50 years’ production.

A. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, which
will allow such an extraction rate at least for
B. 2005 and then to stabilize at six billion cubic feet a day, an
extraction rate that will allow at least
C. 2005 and then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, with
such an extraction rate at the least allowing
D. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, allowing
such an extraction rate for at least
E. 2005, then stabilizing at six billion cubic feet a day, which will
allow such an extraction rate for at least

C, D, E are out - stabilizing is not in parallel with "to increase"

Close call between A & B.

A seems verbose but I think B is distorting the meaning of the clause.

However, I will go with B since it is the concise form of the sentence.
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27 Sep 2007, 08:43
Great questions!!!!! I need to read the sentence much more closely!!!
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27 Sep 2007, 12:11
ywilfred wrote:
A. 'to stabilize' -- 'to' is not needed
B. 'to stabilize' -- 'to' is not needed
C. awkward
D. 'allowing' is wrong

E seems best.

B. It took me 45 sec. ywilfred can you explain why 'to' is not needed?
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27 Sep 2007, 13:12
I picked B on first glance as well. Luck ??? Yeah could be, cuz you guys make some good arguments here !

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