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# Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers

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19 Jul 2017, 04:06
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Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

A. Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

B. Adding more fertilizers to soil than necessity lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in reduced crop yield condition.

C. What lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients is adding more fertilizers to soil than necessary which results in a condition of reduction of crop yield.

D. Adding unnecessary fertilizers to soil lowering its ability to absorb nutrients may result in reduced crop yield condition.

E. Adding more than necessary fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduced crop yield.

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19 Jul 2017, 05:44
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A. Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield. awkward

B. Adding more fertilizers to soil than necessity lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in reduced crop yield condition. awkward

C. What lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients is adding more fertilizers to soil than necessary which results in a condition of reduction of crop yield. error in construction

D. Adding unnecessary fertilizers to soil lowering its ability to absorb nutrients may result in reduced crop yield condition.

E. Adding more than necessary fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduced crop yield. correct
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19 Jul 2017, 07:38
A, B, C, D out.

E wins.

Wait for the OA

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19 Jul 2017, 07:56
In A necessarily modifies more .it seems to suggest more variety of fertilizers
B is wrong for wrong usage of necessity
C is a disaster
D lowering modifies soil and we need a full verb
E correct

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19 Jul 2017, 09:32
It was between B & E for me, i chose E

B - changes the meaning since the sentence conveys now that adding more fertilisers will result in lower yield whereas as per the original sentence, it says 'MAY' which means it may or may not happen.

Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

A. Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

B. Adding more fertilizers to soil than necessity lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in reduced crop yield condition.

C. What lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients is adding more fertilizers to soil than necessary which results in a condition of reduction of crop yield.

D. Adding unnecessary fertilizers to soil lowering its ability to absorb nutrients may result in reduced crop yield condition.

E. Adding more than necessary fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduced crop yield.
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19 Jul 2017, 10:07
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Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

A. Adding necessarily more fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduction of crop yield.

B. Adding more fertilizers to soil than necessity lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients, resulting in reduced crop yield condition.

C. What lowers soil’s ability to absorb nutrients is adding more fertilizers to soil than necessary which results in a condition of reduction of crop yield.

D. Adding unnecessary fertilizers to soil lowering its ability to absorb nutrients may result in reduced crop yield condition.

E. Adding more than necessary fertilizers to soil lowers its ability to absorb nutrients, a condition that may result in reduced crop yield.

Clear (E) , for the highlighted errors in other options...
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19 Jul 2017, 10:24
can somebody comment if "its" ambiguous in options (other than B where its is replaced by soil's)?
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21 Jul 2017, 00:35
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can somebody comment if "its" ambiguous in options (other than B where its is replaced by soil's)?

Usually, GMAT SC questions test more than one concept in a single question. Yes, "its" does sound ambiguous at first glance, but when a person notices option B has corrected that form, he/she straightway goes for that option, thinking they have found what the loophole is. But that is a trap set by GMAT for us.

Notice that this question can be categorized under "STYLE AND USAGE". IF you carefully read all the options you will realize that A and B don't provide a clear meaning. Many people like to call it awkward construction. But I believe they are wrong because they don't make sense. Usage of necessarily and necessity is incorrect in those sentence.

C and D are straightaway incorrect.

But E provides a well-formed, meaningful sentence that is grammatically correct. Here, if another option was provided without "its" and properly mentioning soil, we would have gone with that option.

But just considering these 5 options, we know that first four are incorrect because they are grammatically incorrect.

E is the best option and it is grammatically correct. HEnce we will go with E.

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23 Dec 2018, 20:19
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What is the official explanation of this question?

I think option B has more reason to get rejected.

Adding XYZ to soil....., resulting ABC -- Doesn't seem to be correct construction.
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