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# A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at

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A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to protect itself against predators.

A. likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
B. likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
C. liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
D. liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
E. at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can
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A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to protect itself against predators.

A. likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
Correct. ...........likely TO be........unable TO protect.........<== Parallel structure.

B. likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
Wrong. ...........likely + Verb-ed..........unable + infinitive..........<== Parallelism problem.

C. liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
Wrong. ............liable TO be..............cannot + protect (verb without TO) ...........<== Parallelism problem

D. liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
Wrong. ...........liable THAT + clause.................and cannot often + Verb ...................<== Parallelism problem.

E. at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can
Wrong. ........likely to be unable that <== every awkward grammar.

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07 Nov 2013, 03:17
"pqhai" Thanks for the Wonderful explanation.

Here is the Official Explanation for the question,

We have 3 things to look at here,

(i) "likely" versus "liable";
(iii) "often unable to" versus "cannot often" versus "unable that it can"

"liable to" is acceptable when followed by a negative possibility; therefore, we cannot use this.

"Cannot often" implies that every orphaned bull moose is unable to protect itself against frequent attacks by predators- This may be true, but changes the meaning of the sentence. Thus we eliminate (C) and (D).

"Unable that it can" is idiomatically incorrect so we eliminate (E).

The word "disadvantaged" is typically used in a socio-economic context; therefore, its use here is questionable. Though it is not wrong completely.

But when comparing "severely disadvantaged" with "at a severe disadvantage ", The later seems to good usage, so we eliminate B.

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A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to protect itself against predators.

likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can

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A vertical scan reveals three basic issues: (i) "likely" versus "liable"; (ii) "at a severe disadvantage" versus "severely disadvantaged"; and (iii) "often unable to" versus "cannot often" versus "unable that it can". We will address these issues one at a time.
On the GMAT, "liable to" is acceptable when followed by a negative possibility; therefore, we cannot use this issue to eliminate answers here.
The word "disadvantaged" is typically used in a socio-economic context; therefore, its use here is questionable. That makes (B) and (C) questionable, but since the word "disadvantaged" is not outright wrong, let's examine the third issue before eliminating answers.
"Unable that it can" is idiomatically incorrect so we eliminate (E). "Cannot often" implies that every orphaned bull moose is unable to protect itself against frequent attacks by predators. While this may be true, this changes the meaning of the original sentence. In the original sentence, "often unable to" implies that many orphaned bull moose are not able to protect themselves against predators. Thus we eliminate (C) and (D).
That leaves (A) and (B). Based on the above discussion of "disadvantaged" versus " at a . . . disadvantage", we eliminate (B), and (A) is our best answer.

Hi, I choose "likely" instead of "liable". But, I feel "is likely to be" is awkward.

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31 Jan 2014, 08:49
Can’t say for sure whether A is awkward; but all others are much more awkward
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31 Jan 2014, 13:18
B) likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to Faulty grammatical structure.
C) liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often While correct, the change from "likely" to "liable" cannot be justified in my opinion.
D) liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often Change of meaning + Wordiness
E) at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can Faulty grammatical structure.

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A) likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to Correct grammatical structure when compared to other answers, plus it's probably the most concise answer.

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17 Apr 2014, 09:11
OA is A for this...............

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