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24 Nov 2010, 15:44
sudhanshushankerjha wrote:
Hi Noboru,

in D choice...'their' can have 2 antecedents.
their --> farmers
their --> cows

So hw D can be ans
plz correct me if I m wrong.

there is no ambiguity: "cows" is part of the possesive cows' milk, so "their" clearly refer to the subject, which is farmers.
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24 Nov 2010, 16:03
+1 D

Only farmes can refer to the phrase at the begining of the sentence.
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05 Aug 2011, 07:46
Simply D

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05 Aug 2011, 09:48
noboru wrote:
metallicafan wrote:
+1 D

Only farmes can refer to the phrase at the begining of the sentence.

why?

The reason why it has to be farmer and not engineer is that by installing, farmer is achieving something. It's not engineer who is achieving.

Engineering would have been correct if the sentence was like this:

By installing electric pump at farm for the first time, engineer learned to install a pump without supervision.
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07 Aug 2011, 23:11
It's Modifier and meaning problem

Either of farmer and engineer can be subject here. But keeping 'Engineer' as subject will change the meaning of the orginal sentence.
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17 Aug 2011, 02:49
Its D , because Farmers are installing the Pumps
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17 Aug 2011, 06:21
Tricky one.

We need to choose between engeneer and farmer.

I left with D and Farmer
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04 Sep 2011, 01:25
crejoc wrote:
Modifier question. By installing special electric pumps.,... Who installs? Farmers , So clear D.

This is the shortest but right explanation.
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05 Sep 2011, 05:16
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Is it necessary that the starting phrase in thuis case "by installing ... pumps " has to modify the subject of the sentence ?

just ask yourself a logical question "who will benefit by installing the pumps?". clearly, the farmers and not the engineers.
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07 Oct 2011, 20:50
is B out cause of passive? Can someone explain?
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08 Oct 2011, 16:38
I picked D..it took me 2 minutes...very tempted by C
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29 Oct 2011, 07:53
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By installing special electric pumps, farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer.

(A) farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer
(B) the warmth from cows’ milk could be used by farmers to heat their houses, according to one agricultural engineer
(C) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses
(D) farmers, according to one agricultural engineer, could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses
(E) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk

Modifier problem. Present participle (installing) in the first clause needs its subject in the beginning of the successive clause. In this case it is "farmers". D wins.
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29 Oct 2011, 12:00
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By installing special electric pumps, farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer.

(A) farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk, according to one agricultural engineer
(B) the warmth from cows’ milk could be used by farmers to heat their houses, according to one agricultural engineer
(C) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses
(D) farmers, according to one agricultural engineer, could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses
(E) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers’ houses could be heated by the warmth from cows’ milk

Straight 'D' in 8 secs

Modifier issue and only 'D' fixes the issue. Whenever there is a inverb such as 'installing', i.e. ending with -ing, look for modifier issues (Thank you GMATPill for this tip ).
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29 Jan 2012, 23:30
By installing special electric pumps is clearly modifying the subject FARMERS , thus D is the correct choice.
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30 Jan 2012, 17:45
Very clear D
Farmers installing
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31 Jan 2012, 00:40
sudhanshushankerjha wrote:
Hi Noboru,

in D choice...'their' can have 2 antecedents.
their --> farmers
their --> cows

So hw D can be ans
plz correct me if I m wrong.

(D) farmers, according to one agricultural engineer, could use the warmth from cows’ milk to heat their houses

Here Cows' are possessive noun and hence theirs should be used for cows'.Therefore Their has a clear antecedent,which is farmers.
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04 Feb 2012, 08:47
the answer should be D no doubt in it .
Their can only refer to the farmer .Its cows'(possessive) and not cow .
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20 Mar 2012, 01:21
crejoc wrote:
ugimba wrote:
it is between C and E. yes it is modifier problem ... electric pumps ...who installs? an engineer ..

so I go with C for clarity and active voice.

i think you mistook, actually engineer is reporting, only farmer installs ..

Who installs whatever.....
Who knows.....? Farmers are beneficial.....???? Who cares, the subject has to be beneficial

What if the engineer has to report after installing and verifying, I seriously don't know the practicality behind these actions...

However, I hope such ambiguous(even partially) q's don't come.

I don't say D is wrong either...

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23 Mar 2012, 03:48
D is the best as "farmers" is placed correctly
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23 Mar 2012, 04:17
answer is D since farmer is installing
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