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# Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed,

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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
There is no antecedent for them
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
wrong modifiers. " widely distributed" modifies "the lesser cornstalk borer".
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
Should be "lesser cornstalk borer 'S control" or " control OF lesser cornstalk borer "
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
Correct
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is[/quote]
"It" here is ambiguous.
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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
Incorrect: "Lessor cornstalk borer" is singular, so "control of THEM" cannot be correct

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
Incorrect: This is saying that the "measures to control lesser cornstalk borer" are widely distributed, when the original sentence says that the "lesser cornstalk borer" itself is widely distributed.

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
Incorrect: Saying that "lesser cornstalk borer control" is widely distributed, when it should be the "lesser cornstalk borer" itself that is widely distributed.

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
Correct: "It" agrees with "lesser cornstalk borer" and "are" agrees with "measures"

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

Incorrect: Same reasoning as C

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Thanks for ur valuable post. Is it Gmat like question?
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22 Apr 2012, 23:20
monir6000 wrote:
Thanks for ur valuable post. Is it Gmat like question?

Yes I think so. This question has wrong modifier, change in meaning problems. These types of questions are frequently used in GMAT.
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23 Apr 2012, 07:51
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are -- Misplaced modifer
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is

Pronoun Error: The 'them' has a singular antecedent, 'lesser cornstalk borer'

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are

Faulty modification: measures are not 'widely distributed'. The lesser cornstalk is.

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is

Change in Meaning: Here a noun phrase is introduced, 'lesser cornstalk borer control.'

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are

The Answer: Clear antecedent, proper modification

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

Faulty Modification: It is not the control that is 'widely distributed.'
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09 May 2012, 13:37
Hi ChrisLele

Can you please explain what is modifying what in this sentence. Measures is modifying the whole clause?

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10 May 2012, 07:08
Pavan, what is widely distributed? Its the lesser cornstalk borer.

Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.- Only a singular antecedent is available, hence wrong
(B) Although widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are necessary only in the South. Here the highlighted portion says, the measures to control is highly distributed. This alters the intent. Its the Lesser Cornstalk borer that is highly distributed
(C) Although widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is necessary only in the South. Once again as B, this says lesser cornstalk borer control is widely distributed.
(D) Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are necessary only in the South.
(E) Although it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is necessary only in the South. - Same modifier issues.
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10 May 2012, 09:50
@pavanpuneet,

In some of the incorrect answer choices there is faulty modification. In the correct answer, those errors in modification are omitted. For instance if we take answer choice (B), ...although widely distributed, the measures..., the measures, which comes directly after the comma, is being modified by the preceding phrase.

The correct answer (D) eliminates this error by making it clear in the subordinating clause that the borer is widely distributed, although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures... Unlike answer choice (B), 'measures' that comes after the comma is not being modified by anything in the preceding phrase. The reason is that preceding phrase already has a subject (the borer), that is clearly linked with 'widely distributed.'

Hope that helps remove any confusion .
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monir6000 wrote:
Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

i pick D. in A, them has no clear referent. in B and C there is a fragment. in E, the referent of pronoun it is ambiguous.
correct me if i am wrong
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monir6000 wrote:
Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

i pick D. there is a fragment in B and C. in A, the pronoun them has no clear referent. in E the referent of pronoun E is ambiguous. please correct me if i am wrong
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@pavanpuneet,

In some of the incorrect answer choices there is faulty modification. In the correct answer, those errors in modification are omitted. For instance if we take answer choice (B), ...although widely distributed, the measures..., the measures, which comes directly after the comma, is being modified by the preceding phrase.

The correct answer (D) eliminates this error by making it clear in the subordinating clause that the borer is widely distributed, although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures... Unlike answer choice (B), 'measures' that comes after the comma is not being modified by anything in the preceding phrase. The reason is that preceding phrase already has a subject (the borer), that is clearly linked with 'widely distributed.'

Hope that helps remove any confusion .

Thanks Chris, this helped clear up things for me. I understand why the correct answer is correct and why my answer is incorrect.

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Oops I got confuesd which one was the underlined part!
I recommend whoever posts the question kindly underline the question

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Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is necessary only in the South.
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is

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I would go with D.

We need to place the modifier correctly.

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is >> Control of them sounds unidiomatic
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are >> 'measures' are not widely distributed
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is >> 'lesser cornstalk borer control' is not widely distributed
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are >> Correct
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is >> it refers to ' control of the lesser cornstalk borer' which is wrong.

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05 Sep 2012, 21:05
Agree with D

Thank you piyatiwari for the explanation.

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