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# Although the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed,

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04 Sep 2005, 20:06
gmataquaguy wrote:
Fuqua wrote:
98. 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

Why is E wrong? It has the DC, IC structure. Doesnt D change the meaning of the sentence? How are we to know that "measures" are needed [as opposed to just "control"]? The "It" in AC E isnt ambiguous because it can only refer to lesser cornstalk borer.

E is wrong because it sounds like "it" refers to "control of the lesser corn stalk borer" when "it" should refer to "the lesser cornstalk borer".
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05 Sep 2005, 04:18
I wud pick D here 'coz :

A : tense Problem

B : Problem with modifier.

C : Though the modifier used is apt, the meaning is not conveyed aptly. had it been 'lesser cornstalk borer's control is ' , it shud have sounded correct.

E : pronoun reference is improper.

So, D shud be the answer.

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18 Jun 2006, 11:48
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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18 Jun 2006, 20:07
Yes D it is.

In A, ' them ' is wrong.
In B, it sounds as if the measures are widely distributed.
In C, same problem as B.
In E, the referrent of ' it ' is wrong.It should be referring to ' lesser cornstalk borer ' and not ' control of the lesser cornstalk borer '
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19 Jun 2006, 06:57
beyondinfinity 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
----> "them" has no antecedent --> out
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
---> what is "widely distributed" is "cornstalk borer" , not "measures to control" --> out
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
---> same problem to B
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are
--> fine
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
---> same problem to B.

D it is.
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19 Jun 2006, 07:14
I would go with 'C', more precise

C modifies the "control", which cannot be "distributed."

(D) looks like the clear winner.
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10 Mar 2007, 08:46
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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10 Mar 2007, 09:22
D --

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is - them is plural so incorrect

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are - "widely distributed" wrongly modifies "measures"

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is -
"widely distributed" correctly modifies "measures" , but "esser cornstalk borer control" is awkward

(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 - what does "it" refer to ???
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12 Mar 2007, 11:00
im with D

B C E modifying problems

A

pronoun problem, them is referring to cornstalk which is singular
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12 Jun 2007, 17:34
bmwhype2 wrote:
What is this DC/IC structure?

Dependent clause/Independent clause structure.
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12 Jun 2007, 19:29
E is wrong as 'it' should clearly refer back to a noun
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12 Jun 2007, 22:23
Fuqua wrote:
98. 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 would go with D

A. them - pronoun is referring to - lesser cornstalk borer which is singular.
B. The first phrase is describing - (measures to control ) rather than corn stock borer.
C. The first phrase is describing - (lesser cornstalk borer control ) rather than corn stock borer.
D. Correct.
E. First Phrase is describing Control
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12 Jun 2007, 23:04
Fuqua wrote:
98. 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 am new to this forum. I would go for D. What is the final answer to this question?
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12 Jun 2007, 23:58
A -> say it's controlling the plant itself, and not measures to control its distribution
B -> says distribution control is widely distributed
C -> same as B
E -> 'it' has no precedent

D is best.
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02 Jul 2007, 01:01
OA is D.
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06 Dec 2007, 04:19
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

This is supposedly an easy one..and I failed to crack it..
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06 Dec 2007, 04:32
Beyond700 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

This is supposedly an easy one..and I failed to crack it..

Will go with D

C is the closest as lesser cornstalk borer clearly modifies, but I didnt like the overall construction of the sentence. Rest all have modifier problem.

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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

This is supposedly an easy one..and I failed to crack it..

D.

A. "them" is supposed to be related to "borer" which is singular
B. means that "measures" are widely distributed, though it is borer which is widely distributed
C. the same as B: "control" is widely distributed
E. "it" is ambiguous. Is it "control"?
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06 Dec 2007, 16:19
Beyond700 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

This is supposedly an easy one..and I failed to crack it..

OA is 'D'

I never knew that the lesser cornstalk borer is a proper noun, a pest common in Americas.. I was such a fool!!
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24 Feb 2008, 11:16
(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is [them refers what? – eliminate it]
(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are [Although is conjunction and cannot create a phrase – eliminate it]
(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is [Although is conjunction and cannot create a phrase – eliminate it]
(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are [Hold it]
(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is [it has no clear referent – eliminate it]

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