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With only 7 percent of the globe's surface area, rainforests

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With only 7 percent of the globe's surface area, rainforests [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 15:59
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With only 7 percent of the globe's surface area, rainforests contain more than half of the world's plant and animal species, and absorb more carbon dioxide than any other land-based ecosystem on earth.


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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 19:16
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With only 7 percent of the globe's surface area, rainforests contain more than half of the world's plant and animal species, and absorb more carbon dioxide than any other land-based ecosystem on earth.


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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 20:10
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With only 7 percent of the globe's surface area, rainforests contain more than half of the world's plant and animal species, and absorb more carbon dioxide than any other land-based ecosystem on earth.


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There are two things here that we can point out to.

1. The question is talking about rainforests. The rainforest represents the area, it doesn't "have" the area.
2. There is a contradiction in the sentence - an opposing statement/view. This would narrow down our choices to D or E. But for the reason mentioned above, the right answer is E.
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2010, 20:47
By the way, is "Despite having" even proper usage?
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 10:21
E...we need to show a contrast ....so eliminate A B C ....between D and E ..E is better ....
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 11:38
please explain y E over D? i understand why to eliminate ABC, but why is D not a valid answer?
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 11:45
Despite having would indicate a sense of possession. For instance, you'd say "Despite having the best technical skills, she didn't get the job". She "has" the skills. The rainforests don't "have" the area. It's not a sense of possession. It's a characteristic that just is. The rainforests cover the area, but they don't "have it". You can talk about a country that way - "Despite having some of the tallest mountains, Nepal is still a really small country" and so on, because it's a sense of possession.

The rainforests account for 7% of the globe's surface area, they don't have 7% of the globe's surface area. Hope this helps.
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 19:11
I narrowed it to D and E and went for D.
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Re: Veritas SC2 - q57 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 19:21
E it is. We need to show contrast and DESPITE HAVING is awkward because it suggests that the rain forests possess that area.
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