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# Contrary to earlier conjectures, it may be that increased

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Contrary to earlier conjectures, it may be that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning fossil fuels would cool the globe by reducing the amount of solar energy absorbed by snow.

(A) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning
(B) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from the combustion of
(C) increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from the combustion of
(D) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that increase from burning
(E) atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased from burning
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26 Apr 2008, 12:17
(A) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning [ as a result of – verbose – eliminate it]
(B) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from the combustion of [burning is better choice over combustion – eliminate it]
(C) increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from the combustion of [burning is better choice over combustion – eliminate it]
(D) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that increase from burning [Hold it]
(E) atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased from burning [ prefer simple tense – increase over increased – eliminate it]

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26 Apr 2008, 15:17
I'll also think its B.

A. as a result is verbose
C. it should be increased carbon dioxide (the adjective increased rightly modified carbon dioxide).
D. not sure on D, but, doesn't appear convincing.
E. Increased is in past tense (present tense is required here).
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26 Apr 2008, 18:59
saravalli wrote:
Contrary to earlier conjectures, it may be that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning fossil fuels would cool the globe by reducing the amount of solar energy absorbed by snow.

(A) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning
(B) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from the combustion of
(C) increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from the combustion of
(D) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that increase from burning [S-V agreement](E) atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased from burning

rakesh22 wrote:
the adjective increased rightly modified carbon dioxide

Why not C? "increasing" also modifies "carbon" and parallel with "reducing"?
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27 Apr 2008, 00:31
sondenso wrote:
saravalli wrote:
Contrary to earlier conjectures, it may be that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning fossil fuels would cool the globe by reducing the amount of solar energy absorbed by snow.

(A) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning
(B) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from the combustion of
(C) increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from the combustion of
(D) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that increase from burning [S-V agreement](E) atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased from burning

rakesh22 wrote:
the adjective increased rightly modified carbon dioxide

Why not C? "increasing" also modifies "carbon" and parallel with "reducing"?

C is out since,
1) in B"increased atmospheric carbon dioxide" is more concise than "increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere"
2) "increasing" is not || with "reducing". || does not mean that any "-ing" word is || with another "-ing" word in the sentence.
two words should modify same noun in same way and then their tense will be same.

for example, following structure makes sentence correct,
.........."by increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and by reducing the amount of solar energy absorbed by snow"......

Point is "increasing" and "reducing" are not structurally ||.
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27 Apr 2008, 23:13
B reads better , although there is not much wrong with A either.
saravalli wrote:
Contrary to earlier conjectures, it may be that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning fossil fuels would cool the globe by reducing the amount of solar energy absorbed by snow.

(A) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide as a result of burning
(B) increased atmospheric carbon dioxide resulting from the combustion of
(C) increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulting from the combustion of
(D) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that increase from burning
(E) atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased from burning
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29 Apr 2008, 16:50
I am going with A.

B doesn't sound right to me. What is the OA? Please

Does combustion has the same meaning as burning?
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30 Apr 2008, 10:11
sorry lil late to post OA.
OA is B.
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