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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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08 Sep 2008, 15:23
ssandeepan 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

IMO E,

atmospheric carbon dioxide that increased ....would cool the globe.....
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09 Sep 2008, 03:56
Gurus, I am not able to comprehend what is wrong with A.
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09 Sep 2008, 04:54
ssandeepan 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

I choose B as my answer

(A) "as a result of" should be used after a clause, but we don't have a clause, but rather only the subject "carbon dioxide."

(B) "resulting from" is the correct idiom to use after only the subject.

(C) "increasing carbon dioxide" suggests that the carbon dioxide voluntarily chose to increase, so it doesn't make sense. For example: The running man----> even though "running" is describing the man, we also know that the man consciously made the choice to run.

(D) It suggests that there are also other carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that DOES NOT increase from burning fossil fuels. We want to talk about ALL carbon dioxide, but the use of "that" has divided carbon dioxide into different categories, which is wrong.

(E) Same reasoning as option D.

Therefore, the answer should be B
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09 Sep 2008, 05:34
tarek99 wrote:
(A) "as a result of" should be used after a clause, but we don't have a clause, but rather only the subject "carbon dioxide."

But ...increased atmospheric carbon dioxide... is a clause rt?
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09 Sep 2008, 07:10
viveksharma wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
(A) "as a result of" should be used after a clause, but we don't have a clause, but rather only the subject "carbon dioxide."

But ...increased atmospheric carbon dioxide... is a clause rt?

No it's not. I'll explain: "increased" is past participle, which functions as an adjective used to modify the noun "carbon dioxide." There is no real verb in that part of the sentence. I'll give you another example:

A broken chair ----> "broken" is used as an adjective to modify the noun "chair"
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10 Sep 2008, 09:31
tarek99 wrote:
I choose B as my answer

(A) "as a result of" should be used after a clause, but we don't have a clause, but rather only the subject "carbon dioxide."

(B) "resulting from" is the correct idiom to use after only the subject.
Therefore, the answer should be B

This makes sense now how A cannot be the answer.
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