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# After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second

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After crude oil, natural gas is the United States second [#permalink]

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04 Dec 2005, 17:11
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After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(B) Natural gas, after crude oil the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source, supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(C) Being supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

(D) Natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil, is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(E) Natural gas is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, being the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

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04 Dec 2005, 17:14
Go with D

D is clear/concise, and states that natural gas is the suppleid in NA. Other choices do not make it clear that natural gas is supplied.

joemama142000 wrote:
After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(B) Natural gas, after crude oil the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source, supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(C) Being supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

(D) Natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil, is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(E) Natural gas is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, being the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.

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04 Dec 2005, 19:46
joemama142000 wrote:
What is wrong with A?

I think A's comparision is not as clear as D's.

"after crude oil" should follow "the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source" right away.

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05 Dec 2005, 03:47
After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

(A) After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
------> "after crude oil" clarifies "second biggest" , its correction position should be after " fuel source" ---> eliminate A.

(B) Natural gas, after crude oil the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source, supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
---> also wrong position of "after crude oil"

(C) Being supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil.
----> lacks of main verb --> out

(D) Natural gas, the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil, is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.
----> looks fine

(E) Natural gas is supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America, being the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source after crude oil. ----> "being" should be avoided

D it is.

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05 Dec 2005, 03:59
joemama142000 wrote:
What is wrong with A?

A is not parallel.

After crude oil, natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and supplied almost exclusively from reserves in North America.

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05 Dec 2005, 10:42
Choice D for me too.

I would have found A more compelling if it were worded as follows
natural gas is the United Statesâ€™ second biggest fuel source and is supplied. Note the word "is" before supplied.

Also C's construction is simpler than that of A.

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05 Dec 2005, 17:24
The OA is D

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05 Dec 2005, 17:24
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