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# Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western

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Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.

A. Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.
B. Once predominantly a grain-producing state, competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually was causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
C. Pennsylvania’s farmers were gradually caused to turn to livestock raising by competition from large western farms in the mid-nineteenth century, but before that it was predominantly a grain-producing state.
D. It was once predominantly grain-producing, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms was gradually causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
E. Pennsylvania was once a predominantly grain-producing state, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually caused the state’s farmers to turn to livestock raising.
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Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing.

A. Competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms gradually caused farmers in Pennsylvania to turn to livestock raising, but before that it was predominantly grain-producing --> it is not clearly modifies for which Noun
B. Once predominantly a grain-producing state, competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually was causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->dangling: competition cannot once be a grain-producing state
C. Pennsylvania’s farmers were gradually caused to turn to livestock raising by competition from large western farms in the mid-nineteenth century, but before that it was predominantly a grain-producing state -->same error as (A)
D. It was once predominantly grain-producing, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century by large western farms was gradually causing Pennsylvania’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->it here wrongly modifies for competition, because competition can't be a grain-producing
E. Pennsylvania was once a predominantly grain-producing state, but competition in the mid-nineteenth century from large western farms gradually caused the state’s farmers to turn to livestock raising -->best. precise meaning and structure
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08 May 2009, 08:54
thanks! OA is E
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16 Sep 2009, 13:58
E

The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.
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16 Sep 2009, 17:46
mendelay wrote:
The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.
E

The runner up would be A, but "it" has no clear referrant.

Well tried.....but in GMAT,there is no runner up.
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25 Sep 2009, 14:22
E is the only correct. I'll go for E.
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05 Oct 2009, 03:28
I am stuck between A and E... please explain how A is wrong.
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02 Jan 2012, 12:55
Clearly E. All others are wrong because of lack of referents to the pronoun or because of faulty parallelism.
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03 Jan 2012, 02:35
+1 for E, all others have modifier misplaced problem.
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08 Apr 2015, 21:35
this question test: proun + meaning.

Pronoun "it" does not have any logical ancestors in choice A, C, and D. that leave choice B and E
the use of "Once predominantly a grain-producing state" to modify "cmpetition in neighteen centuries" is nonsense. Hence, choice B is out
Leave choice E.

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27 Sep 2015, 12:48
Split 1:- Improper modification
Eliminate B (Once .... state modifies competition)
Eliminate D

Split 2:- Incomplete clause
Eliminate A ( predominantly grain-producing --> should include state to complete the clause)

Split 3:- Wrong antecedent
Eliminate C. While the sentence talk about Pennsylvania's farmer the contrast clause uses it instead of them. There is one more error that the contrast clause (but ....) is modifying Pennsylvania as it specifies state in the end while we are talking about Pennsylvania's farmer.

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05 Sep 2016, 00:33
I'm confused as to why A is wrong? Why can't the pronoun "it" refer to Pennsylvania?
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geek_mnnit wrote:
I'm confused as to why A is wrong? Why can't the pronoun "it" refer to Pennsylvania?

It can refer to either Competition or Pennsylvania.

Hence, pronoun ambiguity error.
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03 Feb 2017, 03:51
Hi Experts,

Could you please provides your comments for option A? one can quickly eliminate option B,C and D. Now I want to know apart from pronoun ambiguity what is the issue with option A?

option E can we say meaning is slightly different. xxxxx was once a predominantly grain producing state. so its mean this is over not applicable in current time.

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03 Feb 2017, 04:43
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Hi Experts,

Could you please provides your comments for option A? one can quickly eliminate option B,C and D. Now I want to know apart from pronoun ambiguity what is the issue with option A?

option E can we say meaning is slightly different. xxxxx was once a predominantly grain producing state. so its mean this is over not applicable in current time.

Thanks

Two major problems with A:

1. "That" is a demonstrative adjective and hence cannot stand by its own. There has to be a noun after "that" (e.g before that practice).

2. "It" should have been "they" to refer to the "farmers".

The meaning in E is alright. Even in the original sentence, the tense used is simple past, indicating that the state is no longer predominantly grain-producing.

*Note: "that" may also be used as a relative pronoun, but that discussion is out of scope for this question
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