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# A study of food resources in the North Pacific between 1989

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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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12 Oct 2008, 19:05
jitendra wrote:
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---Perfect
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-We require that here
e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing- same as D

Could anyone explain me how the grammar modifier follows ","...i always pick wrong choice when i face this kind of problem.

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21 Oct 2008, 13:31
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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

D & E are out as they seem to say that creatures of the seabed were revealed

C is out because, both of them seem to say that suffering was because of food supplies

A is out because food supplies are possibly result of some thing. No

B is good because dwindling is possibly a result of some thing

What is the as in B? Is it a typo?
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21 Oct 2008, 14:19
paeagain wrote:
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

B is the correct one.
A is not considered to be correct because after a comma, "resulting from" is not the correct way to use. Instead, the more correct one is "as a result of".
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01 May 2010, 04:49
It is incorrect to have “resulting from” after a comma. So, A is Incorrect.

C says that:
that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies,

Its meaning is that the creatures were suffering from food supplies. This is rather incorrect as the modifying part is missing in this introductory clause. So, incorrect.

OA is B.
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23 Aug 2010, 11:19
ykaiim wrote:
It is incorrect to have “resulting from” after a comma. So, A is Incorrect.

C says that:
that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies,

Its meaning is that the creatures were suffering from food supplies. This is rather incorrect as the modifying part is missing in this introductory clause. So, incorrect.

OA is B.

why do you say that "resulting from" after a comma is wrong?
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24 Aug 2010, 08:37
Reasons to go with B:

---it should be increase in sea surface temperature rather than increasing sea surface temperatures. Increasing means its still increasing
---seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling the usage of suffering because is right as we can say i was suffering because i had cold.
---of food supplies, which were dwindling-- which perfectly modifies food supplies.
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05 Apr 2011, 02:45
C is illogical - creatures were suffering from food supplies. So cause is food supplies or dwindling of food supplies?

A - "resulting from" is awkward.

B is correct.
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05 Apr 2011, 14:56
+1 B

I knew it!
"..., posibly resulting from" cannot modify "creatures of seabed". It is ilogical.
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27 Jul 2011, 08:56
A is wrong because seabed cannot suffer from (dwindling) food supplies. Seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling - perfectly makes sense. Hence B
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27 Jul 2011, 15:14
Even though suffering from is correct usage .. you cannot say X is suffering from low food supply. Its is X is suffering because of low food supply.

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28 Jul 2011, 04:41
I voted for A because B is passive "food supplies were dwindling".

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13 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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28 Oct 2011, 02:08
whats wrong in A v/s B?

A says suffering from dwindling food supplies

B says suffering because food supplies were dwindling

I voted for A because B is passive "food supplies were dwindling".

whats the difference in meaning ??? I dont understand

Also, whats wrong with C?
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13 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

In a, What does the sentence " possibly resulting from increasing~~" modify? food supply? creatures of the seabed? or
whole sentence?
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13 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

In a, What does the sentence " possibly resulting from increasing~~" modify? food supply? creatures of the seabed? or
whole sentence?

Nope, the action "food supplies were dwindling" is result of increasing temperature => result... modifies this action. Only B and C remain. C is modified by restrictive adjective phrase that is wrong. Only B is correct one.
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06 Dec 2011, 15:13
IMO A , since "as a result of an increase" means a one time increase but "increasing " means a gradual increase.
The sentence is more logical when considering a gradually increasing temperature rather than a one time increase.
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13 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

In A, "suffering from dwindling food supplies" means that "dwindling food supplies" is some kind of disease. e.g. "suffering from fever". This is nonsensical.
In C, "food supplies" is not the cause of the "suffering" that the creatures of the seabed endure. The way the sentence is written incorrectly implies that "food supplies" is the cause of the suffering.
In D and E, "revealed creatures of the seabed" is at best unidiomatic. The creatures of the seabed were not revealed. Rather, the suffering that the creatures were enduring was revealed. "Revealed that" is a proper idiom.

That leaves B, the correct answer.
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This is one of those questions that the GMAC folks have focused on - namely you come down to 2 answer choices but the correct answer choice is the one that makes sense within the sentence - though gramatically both can be correct.

In this case, C does not make sense because creatures of the seabed were NOT suffering BECAUSE of food supplies. They were suffering because the food supplies were DWINDLING.

How the sentence is structured comes to this reasoning, though in speech you may have heard people talking this way. But on the GMAT exam, it's not a sentence that makes sense.
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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 - Suggests as if the food supplies resulted from increasing temperatures. Wrong meaning. The food supplies only dwindled because of increasing temperatures.
b) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, possibly as a result of an increase in - Correct. 'possibly as a result...' modifies the previous clause 'food supplies were dwindling'
c) that creatures of the seabed were suffering because of food supplies, which were dwindling possibly as a result of increasing - Creatures suffering because of food supplies! totally wrong meaning
d) creatures of the seabed that were suffering from food supplies that were dwindling, possibly resulting from an increase in - means such that the study revealed the creatures. Wrong. The study revealed some fact about the creatures.
e) creatures of the seabed that were suffering because food supplies were dwindling, which possibly resulted from increasing - Same as (D)
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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

In my opinion, A is wrong because "possibly resulting from increasing...period" is an adverbial phrase that is modifyfing a clause, which is "creatures of the seabed were suffering...supplies". In this sense, that modifier would be ilogical because the creatures of the seabed don't result from increasing sea temperatures.

However, reading some posts written by Ron Purewal, a master jedi in the GMAT, it seems that he and his team are not so sure that the error in that choice is the error that I commented above. They believe that error is that the comma shouldn't be after supplies. But after all the discussion, they don't really know :s

I believed that the rule was clear: A participial modifier (v-ing) after a clause and a comma modifies that clause. I don't understand why the confussion, or maybe I am not seeing something that I don't see.

Also, please confirm that the participial modifier is modifiying the clause "creatures of the seabed....", and not "A study of food resources....revealed that...".

Or, maybe I am becoming more expert than Ron Purewal

PS. Additional question: What is the difference between "increasing sea surface temperatures" and "an increase in sea surface temperatures"? In choice C, it seems that food supplies are increasing temperature. Possibly, the same case in A. Please confirm.
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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

In my opinion, A is wrong because "possibly resulting from increasing...period" is an adverbial phrase that is modifyfing a clause, which is "creatures of the seabed were suffering...supplies". In this sense, that modifier would be ilogical because the creatures of the seabed don't result from increasing sea temperatures.

However, reading some posts written by Ron Purewal, a master jedi in the GMAT, it seems that he and his team are not so sure that the error in that choice is the error that I commented above. They believe that error is that the comma shouldn't be after supplies. But after all the discussion, they don't really know :s

"...... were suffering because food supplies were dwindling....."-direct cause effect relation (,) was less preferred.

I believed that the rule was clear: A participial modifier (v-ing) after a clause and a comma modifies that clause. I don't understand why the confussion, or maybe I am not seeing something that I don't see.

isn't is a working verb, not verb+_ing modifier for sure

Also, please confirm that the participial modifier is modifiying the clause "creatures of the seabed....", and not "A study of food resources....revealed that...".

latter is correct.

Or, maybe I am becoming more expert than Ron Purewal

PS. Additional question: What is the difference between "increasing sea surface temperatures" and "an increase in sea surface temperatures"? In choice C, it seems that food supplies are increasing temperature. Possibly, the same case in A. Please confirm.

food supplies were dwindling as a result of an increase in
preferred construction
even though it is not, when other things are not in place , this pair got no place eventually
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