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A recent study of ancient clay deposits has provided new evidence supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago.
(A) supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that
(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact
(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and

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A recent study of ancient clay deposits has provided new evidence supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago.
(A) supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that
(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact
(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and

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New post 17 Apr 2009, 10:58
Good question. IMO-C. this sentence is proposing theory I would use imperative speech here -that+verb(without infinitive). E is also quite close, quite difficult to solve under test..

On the closer look I felt that.. study provided evidence that supports
not study provided evidence of support
so C.
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A recent study of ancient clay deposits has provided new evidence supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago.
(A) supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that --> correct tense, that begins a clause which precisely modifies for meteorite impact
(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact --> contributed after meteorite impact is implied in passive, incorrectly modifying for meteorite impact
(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that --> the last that beginning a new clause which includes inappropriate tense of contributed in compared with supports of the prior clause; or if such new clause is parallel with the sub-clause "global forest ... meteorite impact", that clause also problematically modifies for global forest fires because global forest fires couldn't contribute to the extinction
(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that -->in support of seems to indicate that recent study, not evidence, supports for the theory. Besides, the same error as (C)
(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and --> of support for seems unidiomatic. Also, the rest of this choice alters the original meaning of the sentence

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OA is B). As I have also selected C) while doing this question. Can anyone explain why OA is B? (this question is from 1000SC).

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Bandit, please explain why B) is True?

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New post 19 Apr 2009, 09:49
It's really B?? I herad that some answers in 1000SC are wrong

I picked C, because my understanding is that we need "that" that modifies "evidence"

It's true that "supporting" also modifies "evidence" but my experience says that when the modifier is so close, we have to use "that"

someone to confirm this?

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it was close between B and C , but I agree with B.

In C the use of "the theory of global forest fires" is wrong.

Theory it self is that "forest fires were ignited ....and they contributed....ago" .

But in C it looks like that sentence only describes the forest fires and doesnt tell anything about "theory"

If C were to right then it should be something like this

"that supports the theory that forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that they (forest fires) contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago."

A is also wrong because it uses "the theory of forest fires" . Also A suggests that "impact" and not the "fires".

In general we say something like this:

The evidence supports the theory that molecules are made of atoms.

and not like this:

The evidence supports the theory of molecules that molecules are made of atoms.

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Bandit, please explain why B) is True?


Lets go choice by choice:

A. supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that.
Here I feel that the meaning comming from this is short. Means, supporting the
"theory of global forest fire" . What ever is written after this seems to modify "theory of global forest fire". Also the use of that is bit of confusing.

(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that

that supports........that were......and that.....
Too long

(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that

Here in support of is a correct usage. However the passive construction as in "global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact " is not preferred in GMAT. also the second that incirrectly separate one idea into two.

(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and

Same problem as A.

(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact

Here supporting correctly modifies the evidences that suport the theroy that......... (complete theory). Hence I guess its correct.

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It was close fight between B and C.

I was not sure how to choose then I looked closely and found that sencond that in C refers to meteroit which is resposible for extinction.

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E is unidiomatic.
A and B, wrong verb tense.
C has ambiguous meaning.
So D is the correct answer.
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IMO B - the most concise and also grammatically correct.

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+1 for B.

The meaning of the sentence plays a big role in choosing between B and C. The original sentence wants to state that "fires caused extinction" vs the "meteorite impact caused extinction". B removes that ambiguity and clearly points to the "fires causing extinction" .

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+1 B

The idiom is:
theory + THAT + clause
The clause describes the theory.
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C gives an impression that the theory actually contributed to the fires. This is wrong.

A also does the same mistake as C.

Only B has right meaning conveyed without ambiguity.
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25. A recent study of ancient clay deposits has provided new evidence supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago.
(A) supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that
(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact
(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that
(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and


My question: When TO use THAT &/ OR MODIFIER (for e.g. "that supports" or "supporting" . In many question , i face this dilemma. although most of the time , i found some other criteria to find the right answer.
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patedhav wrote:
A recent study of ancient clay deposits has provided new evidence supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs and many other creatures some 65 million years ago.
(A) supporting the theory of global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact that----- GF contributed to the extinction of D , not the M impact
(B) supporting the theory that global forest fires ignited by a meteorite impact
(C) that supports the theory of global forest fires that were ignited by a meteorite impact and that ------ Passive
(D) in support of the theory that global forest fires were ignited by a meteorite impact and that------ evidence in is wrong usage , That refers to theory....so theory can contribute to D extinction
(E) of support for the theory of a meteorite impact that ignited global forest fires and-------need 2nd that to state 2 functions of M impact .

Also if you read non underline part in the end ,you will understand that sentence id about the theory .....so the usage of that after theory is necessary.
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