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# A natural response of communities devastated by earthquake

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A natural response of communities devastated by earthquake or flood is to rebuild on teh same site, overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated.

(b) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated
(c) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one
(d) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated
(e) withouth considering that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another such disaster
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19 Jun 2007, 17:17
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A natural response of communities devastated by earthquake or flood is to rebuild on teh same site, overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated.

(b) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated
(c) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one
(d) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated
(e) withouth considering that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another such disaster

B: "IT" is incorrect
C: "Another one" of what? Site? Disaster?
D: Forces getting repeated will not necessarily cause the disaster again.
E: Correct
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19 Jun 2007, 18:58
Why is 'IT' incorrect here? Could someone explain the modifier problem here ?
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20 Jun 2007, 17:08
The use of the pronoun "It" is incorrect along the answer choices, which leaves us with C and E.

I prefer C to E as E is wordy.

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21 Jun 2007, 09:07
eliminate B&D.
not C, because overlooking what??
left with A &E
E is wordy, in A 'it' is ambiguous
best to go with E
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21 Jun 2007, 13:16
E. even though it is wordy. It has clear referents.
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09 Jul 2016, 10:40
Marked E. What is the answer?

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09 Jan 2017, 08:13
The problem with this question could also be solved by looking at the meaning and removing the useless parts in the answer choices (an approached highlighted by e-GMAT).

Take a look at
A) overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated. - forces could be repeated?? doesnt make sense
B) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated. - Again similar error as A
D) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated. - Again similar error as A

As for C, overlooking "that the" is wrong, one always overlooks something. Essentially "that" is not needed here.

Hope this helps.
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10 Jan 2017, 04:33
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The problem with this question could also be solved by looking at the meaning and removing the useless parts in the answer choices (an approached highlighted by e-GMAT).

Take a look at
A) overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated. - forces could be repeated?? doesnt make sense
B) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated. - Again similar error as A
D) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated. - Again similar error as A

As for C, overlooking "that the" is wrong, one always overlooks something. Essentially "that" is not needed here.

Hope this helps.

No, this is not a solid reason to eliminate C. That "something" you mentioned could as well be a "that" clause. I do not see any solid reason to eliminate C. (The pronoun "one" correctly refers to "disaster" by virtue of parallelism.)

This question does not seem to be from an authentic source.
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10 Jan 2017, 04:51
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usaidmandvia wrote:
The problem with this question could also be solved by looking at the meaning and removing the useless parts in the answer choices (an approached highlighted by e-GMAT).

Take a look at
A) overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated. - forces could be repeated?? doesnt make sense
B) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated. - Again similar error as A
D) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated. - Again similar error as A

As for C, overlooking "that the" is wrong, one always overlooks something. Essentially "that" is not needed here.

Hope this helps.

No, this is not a solid reason to eliminate C. That "something" you mentioned could as well be a "that" clause. I do not see any solid reason to eliminate C. (The pronoun "one" correctly refers to "disaster" by virtue of parallelism.)

This question does not seem to be from an authentic source.

Actually what i meant to say was that C sounds awkward. And even if this doesn't convince, then we should follow the above mentioned approach (removing the useless parts in the answer)

C) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one - "one" over here is ambiguous.

Also this question is from the old paper format GMAT.
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11 Jan 2017, 10:07
usaidmandvia wrote:
sayantanc2k wrote:
usaidmandvia wrote:
The problem with this question could also be solved by looking at the meaning and removing the useless parts in the answer choices (an approached highlighted by e-GMAT).

Take a look at
A) overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated. - forces could be repeated?? doesnt make sense
B) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated. - Again similar error as A
D) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated. - Again similar error as A

As for C, overlooking "that the" is wrong, one always overlooks something. Essentially "that" is not needed here.

Hope this helps.

No, this is not a solid reason to eliminate C. That "something" you mentioned could as well be a "that" clause. I do not see any solid reason to eliminate C. (The pronoun "one" correctly refers to "disaster" by virtue of parallelism.)

This question does not seem to be from an authentic source.

Actually what i meant to say was that C sounds awkward. And even if this doesn't convince, then we should follow the above mentioned approach (removing the useless parts in the answer)

C) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one - "one" over here is ambiguous.

Also this question is from the old paper format GMAT.

A Pronoun may refer to an antecedent which is within a modifier - removing the modifier and then reasoning that the pronoun does not have an antecedent is not logical.

Moreover, if a pronoun is a subject or an object of a clause, by virtue of parallelism it can refer to an antecedent which is a subject or an object of another clause in the sentence. Therefore "one" refers to "disasters" without ambiguity (Objects of two clauses).

It is true that we MUST align our reasoning with the reasoning of official questions, but there are a few (rare) old official questions which do not match with reasoning of the current ones. This is possibly such a question.
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11 Jan 2017, 10:38
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A natural response of communities devastated by earthquake or flood is to rebuild on teh same site, overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated.

(b) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated
(c) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one
(d) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated
(e) withouth considering that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another such disaster

What's wrong with A sayantanc2k
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12 Jan 2017, 07:31
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misterJJ2u wrote:
A natural response of communities devastated by earthquake or flood is to rebuild on teh same site, overlooking the possibility that the forces that caused it could be repeated.

(b) overlooking the possibility that the forces causing it could be repeated
(c) overlooking that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another one
(d) without considering that the forces causing the disaster could be repeated
(e) withouth considering that the forces that caused the disaster could also cause another such disaster

What's wrong with A sayantanc2k

On re-examining the question, I could understand a solid reason (which I missed in my previous post) that option E is the best answer.

Comma + present participle modifier should refer to the subject of the previous clause or the effect of the entire clause. Here "Overlooking .... " wrongly suggests that "A natural response" (subject of the previous clause) overlooks, not the "communities". Hence option A, B And C can be eliminated.

The intended meaning is that the disaster, not the forces, would be repeated. Hence option A, B AND D can be eliminated.

Option E is the correct answer.

usaidmandvia Previously I missed the modifier problem as mentioned above in this post - why C is incorrect is explained above.
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