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# Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional

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31 Jul 2011, 12:39
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Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides; one reason is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally.

1) Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides; one reason is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally.

2) If frequently exposed to pesticides, one reason that certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally.

3) If frequently exposed to pesticides, one reason certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value is indicated by the discovery that far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, are found in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than those that are allowed to repel insects naturally .

4)The discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally is indicative of one reason, if frequently exposed to pesticides, that certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value.

5) The discovery of disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants with chemical treatments to prevent insect attacks than in those that are allowed to repel insects naturally indicates one reason certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides.
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31 Jul 2011, 15:57
Has to be A. All others have modifiers and meaning flaws

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01 Aug 2011, 23:13
IMO A.
B & C ->modifier error
D & E -> Sentence fragment
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02 Aug 2011, 11:24
A.. Modifier errors in B,C
D-sentence fragment
E- "in plants with chemical treatments to prevent " -meaning??

what is the oA?
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02 Aug 2011, 11:24
bschool83- thanks for posting some good questions
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02 Aug 2011, 12:38
Thanks, great Q. I chose A over D. Does D have a meaning issue?
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03 Aug 2011, 10:20
IMO A.

Many of the options have modifier issue
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03 Aug 2011, 11:18
The structure of this question is identical to a question from the verbal supplement guide -- the blue color book. Question number 59 -- page 295 -- Identical structure to this question and even there choice A is correct.
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Re: Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional [#permalink]

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13 Mar 2013, 16:48
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After a PVT I will try to tackle this sentence, indeed really tough; I try to give my best

Ok. Here there is a premise how a sentence like this should be attacked (based on my experience).

Basically a question like this is best handled trying to spot suddenly the meaning of the sentence. In other words $$what$$ and $$how$$ the phrase comunicates the latter.

Try to semplificate the sentence in your own words ALWAYS.Break the same into chunks and in simple words, elimating the filler of this monster. (great question in my opinion)

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Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides; one reason is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally.

Certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides until now everything is fine. X may lack of something if it is exposed to something else. FINE

next Step: from the previous statement we can derive something, and if we can do this we need a subject after the punctuation ;: fine the sentence starts good with the words: the reason

Then: is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients. Here I'm suspicious because almost always passive voice is wrong in gmat land BUT here if the reason is the subject THEN something else (by passive voice) have to explain ot to point out why this reason is the subject. In other words: the discovery indicates and explains in somehow what is the reason, the motivation of the lack of nutrients. Moreover, we can note the word fewer: whenever you see the word in the ens with ER you must know that some sort of comparison is forthcoming and later in the sentence must be finded a THAN

in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally. here we areee: the than we are looking for.....in X we find somentng that in Y there isn't.

So tu sum up: scanning and breaking into chunks A all seems fine. Now we take a look to the other options, following the same pattern to attck the remaing questions

B) If frequently exposed to pesticides, one reason that certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value is indicated by the discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally.

If frequently exposed to pesticides, one reason if something is exposed to what ?? gamma ray, maybe....NOT to a reason....is ridiculous.

C) If frequently exposed to pesticides, one reason certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value is indicated by the discovery that far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, are found in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than those that are allowed to repel insects naturally .

The same as above

D) The discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally is indicative of one reason, if frequently exposed to pesticides, that certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value.

The discovery that there are far fewer disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants that are chemically treated to prevent insect attacks than in plants that are allowed to repel insects naturally is indicative of one reason seems fine.......

if frequently exposed to pesticides, that certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value. one reason if frequently exposed to pesticides.....WHATTT ????

E) The discovery of disease-fighting micronutrients, called flavonoids, in plants with chemical treatments to prevent insect attacks than in those that are allowed to repel insects naturally indicates one reason certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides.

The discovery ...................indicates one reason certain synthetically produced foods may lack nutritional value if frequently exposed to pesticides.

X indicates one reason ??? mmmmmmmm weird. One reason...............certain synthetically produced foods: mmmm even more weird............

In my Opinion A doesn't have flaws. I hope my explanation is correct and helps you.
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07 Oct 2017, 18:17
A is OA for 2 reasons.
1/ there are 2 independent clauses; each has own main subject -> E is wrong.
2/ "with" proves E is wrong.
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