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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing

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Someone please explain to me why the original sentence is not correct.

A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creature of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

The correct answer is:

that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

After reading through both choices, I thought perhas the problem with the original is that the "possibly resulting from....." is modifying the noun food supplies and in the correct choice it's modifying the act of the food supplies dwindling? However, I'm still not sure so someone please help explain. Thanks!


Hi Witchiegrlie,

Let me make an attempt to help you.

Lets do meaning analysis.
Possible meaning : Creatures are suffering because of dwindling food supplies, may be a result of increase in sea temp.

In option A.
Creatures were suffering from dwindling food supplies. How can creatures suffer from dwindling food supplies, this is not intended meaning. Intended meaning is Creatures are suffering, because of dwindling food supplies.

Tough both sound same they are not same. they are like "I am suffering from cancer (Correct - idiomatically) and I am suffering from food"

Also in option A, Modifier "possibly resulting" may modify Creatures or modify dwindling food supplies. So it has modifier issues as well.

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New post 27 Nov 2015, 20:13
OA is B. Before we look into the options, we need to know that:
(1) It is the increase of temperatures that cause some terrible results, not the temperatures themselves.
(2) The study revealed an issue, not a subject.

Let's look at these lovely :cry: options:
A. that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing
Wrong.
(1) The study revealed an issue (a clause), correct.
(2) This resulted from the temperatures themselves, wrong.

B. that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in
Correct.
(1) The study revealed an issue (a clause), correct.
(2) This resulted from the increase of temperatures, correct.

C. that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
Wrong.
(1) The study revealed an issue (a clause), correct.
(2) This resulted from the temperatures themselves, wrong.

D. creatures {of the seabed that were suffering from [food supplies (that were dwindling)]}, possibly resulting from an increase in
Wrong.
(1) The study revealed a noun, wrong.
(2) This resulted from the increase of temperatures, correct.

E. creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
Wrong.
(1) The study revealed a noun, wrong.
(2) This resulted from the temperatures themselves, wrong.

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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing



New kid on the block says hi. Lets quickly get to the options:

A) "that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing"
ELIMINATE - While I'm sure that this option has a more technical explanation, it can be easily eliminated at the
sight of "suffering from dwindling food supplies". One can suffer from malaria or yellow fever or arthritis, not from
dwindling food supplies. Then again, because it is a question of idiomatic usage, it is debatable.

B) "that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in"
KEEP - 'were suffering because food supplies were dwindling' fulfills the concept of parallelism. Also, 'possibly as a result
of an increase in' correctly modifies 'were dwindling'.

C) "that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of
increasing"
ELIMINATE - creatures cannot suffer because of food supplies and although "which were dwindling" modifies food
supplies, the meaning of the sentence is changed

D) "creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase
in"
ELIMINATE - the first "that" is unnecessary.

E) "creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from
increasing"
ELIMINATE - the first "that" is unnecessary.

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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing


(A) "possibly resulting from increasing" is ambiguous. When you end a sentence with a participial phrase (resulting from .....), the participle can actually modify anything in the sentence, even things that are merely implied. So it can lead to ambiguity if it could logically modify more than one thing, such as creatures OR food supplies. But (B) has none of that ambiguity.

(C) has clumsy meaning: "suffering because of food supplies". The creatures weren't suffering from food supplies, but from DWINDLING food supplies.

@GMATNINJA, Could you help to explain the answer choice? I am stuck between (A), (B) and (C).
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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing


(A) "possibly resulting from increasing" is ambiguous. When you end a sentence with a participial phrase (resulting from .....), the participle can actually modify anything in the sentence, even things that are merely implied. So it can lead to ambiguity if it could logically modify more than one thing, such as creatures OR food supplies. But (B) has none of that ambiguity.

(C) has clumsy meaning: "suffering because of food supplies". The creatures weren't suffering from food supplies, but from DWINDLING food supplies.

GMATNinja, Could you help to explain the answer choice? I am stuck between (A), (B) and (C).


A: Wrong. Comma + present participle is technically a verb modifier referring to the main verb of the previous clause. In option A the present participle modifier "possibly resulting from increasing.." should refer to "dwindling". However this modifier wrongly refers to "were suffering". This option wrongly implies that the suffering resulted from increasing temrature, but the intended meaning is that the suffering was due to dwindling food supply, not increasing temparatiure.

C: Wrong. This option wrongly implies that the suffering was due to food supplies. Keeping the word "dwindling" within a subsequent non-essential modifier does not make it clear that the suffering was caused by the "dwindling" itself, not by the "food suppplies".

B: The prepositional phrase modifier ("possibly as a result....") correctly refers to the verb of the previous clause "were dwindling". (Note: Comma + prepositional Phrase modifier can also act as a verb modifier referrong to the verb of the previous clause)

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A: Wrong. Comma + present participle is technically a verb modifier referring to the main verb of the previous clause. In option A the present participle modifier "possibly resulting from increasing.." should refer to "dwindling". However this modifier wrongly refers to "were suffering". This option wrongly implies that the suffering resulted from increasing temrature, but the intended meaning is that the suffering was due to dwindling food supply, not increasing temparatiure.


sayantanc2k Thanks for the explanation. Very helpful.

I realized that in Exam Pack 1, I have a different version of this question as below:

A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly a result from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

Question on A (the above): The modifier in A is COMMA + 'possibly a result from increasing.. " Per my understanding, this is a NOUN (a result) + Noun Modifier (increasing.. ). Noun + Noun Modifier can modify any part of the sentence. In this case it is modifying dwindling food supplies. So why is it incorrect?

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why the correct answer can't be C?

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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in

(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
--> wordy.

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in
--> lack of "that"

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
--> lack of "that"
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why the correct answer can't be C?


sriamlan,

sayantanc2k has explained it very well, why C can't be the right answer.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-study-of-f ... l#p1849882

Do you still have any specific doubts on C?
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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in


(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing

Correct Answer C

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing



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My first comment is about 'from increasing sea surface temps". This meaning is muddled in this expression. Increasing denotes a phenomenon that keeps on going up and ends at the highest at the end of the notified period. Such an infinite activity cannot exist in practice. If we want to say the temps actually increased overall, then the correct expression would be ' increased temps or 'an increase in temps'. Therefore, I will unhesitantly remove A, C and E. D distorts the meaning as though the study revealed the images of pictures of the creatures. B, on the other hand, uses the idiomatic 'that' after the main clause to report the findings of a study and hence is the best answer.
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A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989 and 1996 revealed that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing sea surface temperatures during the same period.

(A) that creatures of the seabed were suffering from dwindling food supplies, possibly resulting from increasing
"resulting from increasing" is unidiomatic

(B) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in
Correctly rewords the last part the sentence and hence Correct Option

(C) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing
"food supplies were dwindling" is what is being conveyed by because of the use of "which ..."

(D) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in
Change in meaning : now the sentence does not clearly specifies what did the study revealed ?

(E) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing
Again same meaning issue as in D
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