GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 20 Feb 2019, 14:11

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in February
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
272829303112
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272812
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### Free GMAT Prep Hour

February 20, 2019

February 20, 2019

08:00 PM EST

09:00 PM EST

Strategies and techniques for approaching featured GMAT topics. Wednesday, February 20th at 8 PM EST

February 21, 2019

February 21, 2019

10:00 PM PST

11:00 PM PST

Kick off your 2019 GMAT prep with a free 7-day boot camp that includes free online lessons, webinars, and a full GMAT course access. Limited for the first 99 registrants! Feb. 21st until the 27th.

# A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

SC Moderator
Joined: 30 Jan 2015
Posts: 792
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Marketing
GPA: 3.5
A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2019, 09:20
2
3
00:00

Difficulty:

35% (medium)

Question Stats:

64% (01:21) correct 36% (01:27) wrong based on 104 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Project SC Butler: Day 92: Sentence Correction (SC1)

A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created; the question is if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in the ocean.

(A) if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in

(B) whether marine biologists will be able to track it once they are back in

(C) whether marine biologists will be able to track one after the seal has been returned to

(D) if marine biologists will be able to track and follow the seals after the seals have been returned to

(E) whether marine biologists will be able to track the seals once the creatures have been returned to

The best/excellent answers get kudos, which will be awarded after the answer is revealed.
There may be no best/excellent answers, or a there may be a few excellent answers!

_________________

The few, the fearless !

Thanks

Intern
Joined: 06 Oct 2017
Posts: 44
GPA: 3.6
Re: A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2019, 14:35
sudarshan22 wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 92: Sentence Correction (SC1)

A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created; the question is if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in the ocean.

(A) if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in

(B) whether marine biologists will be able to track it once they are back in

(C) whether marine biologists will be able to track one after the seal has been returned to

(D) if marine biologists will be able to track and follow the seals after the seals have been returned to

(E) whether marine biologists will be able to track the seals once the creatures have been returned to

In A: the incorrect structure "the question is "if"" is wrong. The correct format ought to be "the question is whether" Also, ask yourself what is "they" referring to? The seals? The biologists?
B: "it" refers to what? "they" refers to what? Too much ambiguity.
C: "one" is again ambiguous
D: Same error as A
E: Correct, no ambiguity at all
Manager
Joined: 14 Nov 2015
Posts: 81
Location: India
GPA: 3.7
A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2019, 16:21
IMO E

A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created; the question is if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in the ocean.

(A) if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in
''If'' is a conditional, use of ''whether'' is preferred., also ''they'' is ambiguous - can refer to ''seals'' / ''Biologists''

(B) whether marine biologists will be able to track it once they are back in
''it'' is singular, ''seals'' are plural

(C) whether marine biologists will be able to track one after the seal has been returned to
Question is whether all seals that are returned to the ocean can be tracked not just one

(D) if marine biologists will be able to track and follow the seals after the seals have been returned to
''If'' is a conditional, use of ''whether'' is preferred., also meaning of the sentence is changed ''track and follow''

(E) whether marine biologists will be able to track the seals once the creatures have been returned to
Correct
Manager
Status: eternal student
Joined: 06 Mar 2018
Posts: 142
Location: Kazakhstan
Concentration: Technology, General Management
GPA: 3.87
A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

06 Feb 2019, 22:25
sudarshan22 wrote:

Project SC Butler: Day 92: Sentence Correction (SC1)

A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created; the question is if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in the ocean.

Meaning of the original sentence:

Even though "if" doesn't suit here much we can still infer intended meaning:
1. A new strategy has been created to release the seals into the wild
2. The question is marine biologists can track the seals once seals are in the ocean or not.

Errors of the original sentence:

Clear split here is between "if" and "whether"

"if" is used in conditionals

If you go the cinema I will go with you.

"whether" is used to to present a choice, an alternative or a possibility.

Whether I will go to the park or not depends on weather

Original sentence presents possibility marine biologists will be able to track or not able to track.
So 'if' is wrong here, we need "whether"

POE

We can eliminate (A) and (D) straight away not wasting our time for searching other errors here.

(A) if marine biologists will be able to track the seals once they are back in
(D) if marine biologists will be able to track and follow the seals after the seals have been returned to

(A) seems to me usage of tenses here are equal in terms of sequencing, whereas (B) shows some sequencing:: 1. seals have released then 2. marine biologists will be able to track them. You are not able to track seals that are not released yet. So (D) beats (A) here by tenses.

(B) whether marine biologists will be able to track it once they are back in
('it' has not antecedent, seals - plural, marine biologists - plural)

(C) whether marine biologists will be able to track one after the seal has been returned to
(from the grammar stand poit this answer is perfectly fine, one - refer to singular - seal, is fine, but from the meaning it is a little weird, in non-underlined part we have plural 'seals', but now singular 'one' we need to track 'seals' or 'the seal"-as whole species, let's this one, and maybe we have something better)

(E) whether marine biologists will be able to track the seals once the creatures have been returned to

Attachment:

E.JPG [ 63.72 KiB | Viewed 440 times ]

Once we clearly understand intended meaning of the original sentence we quckly eliminate (A) and (D), (B) also can quckly be eliminated - no 'it' antecedent. Between (C) and (E), (E) uses - plural - seals - creatures - and verb tense is also fine - present perfect - presente the result that seals have been released and marine biologists can track them if they can

Attachments

Whether Vs If.pdf [16.44 KiB]

_________________

(no one is ideal, please correct if you see any mistakes or gaps in my explanation, it will be helpful for both of us, thank you)

___________________
Practice makes perfect!

It is pointless to try to study if it is not fun, then it becomes a chore. At that point, you will either hate your studies or became afraid of them.

SC Moderator
Joined: 30 Jan 2015
Posts: 792
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Marketing
GPA: 3.5
Re: A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

07 Feb 2019, 11:56
Official Explanation :

The sentence incorrectly uses if instead of whether. When there are only two possible options, whether is idiomatically preferable to if,so eliminate (A) and (D).

The remaining three choices differ in their use of pronouns. Choice (B) incorrectly uses it to replace seals, and they is ambiguous, as it could refer to either the marine biologists or the seals.

Choice (C) somewhat ambiguously uses one to replace seals, and thus contains a pronoun error. The correct answer is (E).
_________________

The few, the fearless !

Thanks

Re: A new strategy for releasing the seals into the wild has been created   [#permalink] 07 Feb 2019, 11:56
Display posts from previous: Sort by