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# Agricultural scientists have estimated that the annual loss

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16 Jan 2005, 05:06
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Agricultural scientists have estimated that the annual loss by erosion of arable land caused by heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls approaches two million acres per year.
(A) the annual loss by erosion of arable land caused by heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls approaches two million acres per year
(B) the erosion of heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls causes a loss of arable land approaching two million acres per year
(C) erosion caused by heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls results in a loss of arable land approaching two million acres per year
(D) an annual loss approaching two million acres of arable land per year results from erosion caused by heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls
(E) annually a loss of arable land approaching two million acres per year is caused by erosion due to heavy rainfall and inadequate flood controls

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16 Jan 2005, 09:08
I go with D, i think they estimate the amount of loss of arable land, D puts it in the right context, however, A too sounds OK.

whats OA?

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16 Jan 2005, 13:12
OA is (C)

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17 Jan 2005, 18:57
I choose D also, But I think D makes the sentence passive. and passive is a no-no in GMAT

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15 Mar 2012, 03:54
'Annual/annually' and 'per year' are redundant. Hence 'A', 'D' and 'E' are wrong.
'The erosion of heavy rainfall' is incorrect expression in 'B'.
'C' is concise and best available choice.
Hence 'C'
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15 Mar 2012, 18:44
C is the winner.

There is nothing wrong with using passive construction. D and E suffer from redundancy : annual(ly) and per year.

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23 Mar 2012, 15:40
C is the best amongst the given options

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23 Mar 2012, 21:46
Agree on c due to redundancy. Is there any issue between approaches and approaching? Are both forms ok in this sentence?

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