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A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

(A) A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

(B) A researcher claims that a tornado, if of a given size and strength, is likely both proportionately and in absolute numbers to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

(C) A researcher claims that, with a tornado of a given size and strength, it is likely to cause more death, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern rather than in the northeastern region of the United States.

(D) If a tornado is of a given size and strength, a researcher claims, it is more likely, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, to cause death if it is in the southeastern region of the United States rather than in the northeastern region.

(E) Both proportionately and in absolute numbers, a researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States rather than in the northeastern.

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A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

Analysis:
Meaning:
A researcher claims
that a tornado
of a given size and strength (Modifies tornado)
is likely to cause more deaths
, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, (Modifies deaths)
in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern. (Verb modifier : modifies "to cause" ;
Noun modifier: modifies "deaths")

Meaning:
Researcher claims : tornado is likely to cause deaths.

Ans: A
B. If {present a clause} THEREFORE INCORRECT
C. Idiom: MORE + THAN (NOT RATHER THAN) ; IT - no antedent
D. Idiom: MORE + THAN (NOT RATHER THAN)
E. Modifier error: Both proportionately and in absolute numbers must modify deaths

Please comment on explanation. Thanks.
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(A) A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern. - I don't find any error, as of now. Keep this.

(B) A researcher claims that a tornado, ((if)) of a given size and strength, is ((likely both proportionately and in absolute numbers)) to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

(C) A researcher claims that, ((with)) a tornado of a given size and strength, ((it)) is likely to cause more death, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern rather than in the northeastern region of the United States.

(D) ((If a tornado is of a given size and strength, a researcher claims,)) ((it is more likely, both proportionately and in absolute numbers,)) to cause death ((if it is in the southeastern region)) of the United States rather than in the northeastern region.

(E) ((Both proportionately and in absolute numbers, a researcher claims)) that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States rather than in the northeastern.

B, C, D and E change the meaning of the sentence.

Hence, A is the best.


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A tip: For those who struggle to choose between A and B (because of tiny modifiers replacement): get rid of modifiers between commas. In this case option B loses the meaning. Hence A is correct.
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both proportionately and in absolute numbers. Can anyone please tell how proportionately (being an adverb) is parallel with
in absolute numbers (Prep. phrase) in Correct answer. ?
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kunal20 wrote:
both proportionately and in absolute numbers. Can anyone please tell how proportionately (being an adverb) is parallel with
in absolute numbers (Prep. phrase) in Correct answer. ?


Because [in absolute numbers] modifies verbal construction [is likely to cause], it [in absolute numbers] is adverbal phrase and can be parallel to adverb [proportionately]
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A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.

(A) A researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern. CORRECT, both proportionately and in absolute numbers modifies deaths and of a given size and strength modifies tornado

(B) A researcher claims that a tornado, if of a given size and strength, is likely both proportionately and in absolute numbers to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States than in the northeastern.INCORRECT as usage of if which is a clause is incorrect here . "Likely both proportionately and in absolute numbers" is an awkward construction

(C) A researcher claims that, with a tornado of a given size and strength, it is likely to cause more death, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, in the southeastern rather than in the northeastern region of the United States.INCORRECT, as it has no clear antecedent. Also RATHER THAN is used instead of more than. There is a meaning error too

(D) If a tornado is of a given size and strength, a researcher claims, it is more likely, both proportionately and in absolute numbers, to cause death if it is in the southeastern region of the United States rather than in the northeastern region. - INCORRECT, Usage of rather than. Also it does not have clear referent. Additionally there is a meaning change too

(E) Both proportionately and in absolute numbers, a researcher claims that a tornado of a given size and strength is likely to cause more deaths in the southeastern region of the United States rather than in the northeastern. - INCORRECT, Use of RATHER THAN is incorrect.Also there is a meaning change. Modifier Issue is also there as both proportionately and in absolute numbers are misplaced in the beginning of the sentence.
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