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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

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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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!!

Neither did I, and guess what -
I ruled out D because I thought measure would be needed to control th edistribution of .. and not the lesser cornstalk borer itself!
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A classic case of mis-modification

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is --- them has no referent

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are ---
What is widely distributed is the insect’s young one, the lesser cornstcok borer, ( don’t try to analyze what lesser corn stock borer is ; It is the name given to a grub that bores into the bottom stem portion of the corn plant) and not the measures to control it. Wrong modification

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is – same as in B control is not widely distributed. Wrong modification

(D) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, measures to control it are --- By using a differently structured sentence, what is widely distributed and what are necessary have been made amply clear. Correct choice

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is --- it wrongly refers to control rather than insect

One question. Why is it tagged SV agreement?
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07 Jun 2004, 13:10
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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

Plz explain ur answer.

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Between A and D ...
I will go with D

A. Incorrect: "them" is not correct
B,C,E misplaced modifier
D. it correctly refers to "the lesser cornstalk borer "
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07 Jun 2004, 13:21
Agree with Bono on this one.
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08 Jun 2004, 13:33
lesser cornstalk borer -> amount -> collective singular noun

it refers to above antecedent.

Between (A) and (D) (D) wins because of subject-verb agreement
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10 Jun 2004, 20:16
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Between A and D ...
I will go with D

B,C,E misplaced modifier

if B has misplaced modifier, then D too entails the same error. isn't it?
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10 Jun 2004, 21:21
D.

A is a probable but control of "them" does not agree with the singular. (as explained by srijay)
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11 Jun 2004, 05:14
(D) it is, (A) has a subject-verb agreement error.
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05 Nov 2004, 18:39
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

Pls explain your choices and POE.
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Picked D

(A) the lesser cornstalk borer is widely distributed, control of them is
them refers to the less cornstalk borer and should be singular

(B) widely distributed, measures to control the lesser cornstalk borer are
widely distrbuted should modify the lesser cornstalk borer not measures,

(C) widely distributed, lesser cornstalk borer control is
incorrectly implies that it's the lesser cornstalk borer control that is only needed in the South

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

(E) it is widely distributed, control of the lesser cornstalk borer is
again, widely distributed should modify the lesser cornstalk borer
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06 Nov 2004, 21:22
D

A - Pronoun problem - "them"
B,C - Change the meaning
E - "it" in the begining is awkward
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10 Nov 2004, 04:28
Agree with D.

B is wrong because 'Although widely distributed,...' after the comma you are forced to ask what is widely distributed? Surely not 'measures' it is the 'lesser cornstalk borer'. soi just after the comma the 'lesser cornstalk borer' would have been appropriate. This is the modifier problem that nzgmat has outlined.

However, Look at C - it addresses the modifier issue. But...introduces a new error - which is it means something else altogether. Rightly pointed out by nzgmat.

E is wrong. What is 'it' here - 'lesser cornstalk borer' or 'control'
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05 Dec 2004, 15:06
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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05 Dec 2004, 16:19
Go with B, it's the only one that makes any sense to me.
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06 Dec 2004, 07:10
Will go with D as well.

B & E have misplaced modifier problem.
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01 Jun 2005, 08:24
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
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01 Jun 2005, 10:58
gmat2me2 wrote:
B looks OK

I vote for D.

B - sounds as if measures are widely distributed.

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01 Jun 2005, 13:41
Looks D to me too.

A use of them is wrong
B seems to indicate the measure are widely distributed
C same as B, misplaced modifier
D joins DC with IC
E is also weird, where it seems to refer to the controls.

So my pick is D.
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