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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
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Modifier question. By installing special electric pumps.,... Who installs? Farmers , So clear D.

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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 ..

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Its a clear D..
Its the farmer who is installing..
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" their" can not have "cows " as antecedent...as cows is not mentioned anywhere..its rather the possessive case cows milk..., however.., their can have .., "farmers" or "engineers" as antecedent..
pls clarify...

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30 Sep 2010, 23:38
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Bt in D choice...'their' can have 2 antecedents.
their --> farmers
their --> cows

plz correct if m wrong.

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03 Oct 2010, 08:56
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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.

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20 Aug 2009, 18:03
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.

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20 Aug 2009, 19:03
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 ..

hmm ... question tricked me .. I think you are right. thanks for correcting again.

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20 Aug 2009, 19:32
ugimba wrote:
hmm ... question tricked me .. I think you are right. thanks for correcting again.

u r welcome ugimba

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20 Aug 2009, 20:26
I agree it should be D since the farmer installs.

What is the OA?

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20 Aug 2009, 20:46
I go with C because D is awkward.

OA pls.

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20 Aug 2009, 20:57
boeinz wrote:
I go with C because D is awkward.

OA pls.

there seems to be no error in D, C has modifier error as stated above, this is widely tested in gmat.

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20 Aug 2009, 23:47
Who is installing?-------------> farmers
Who is reporting?---------------> Reporter
Hence D is the best choice

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21 Aug 2009, 00:17
oa is d, thanks
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04 Aug 2010, 05:16
Is it necessary that the starting phrase in thuis case "by installing ... pumps " has to modify the subject of the sentence ?
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04 Aug 2010, 05:37
so between A and D which has farmer( the subject) in the beginning , we reject A because of passive voice. am i correct ?

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04 Aug 2010, 06:11
"By installing special electric pumps" is incorrectly modifying "farmers' houses." Answer choice D corrects the error.

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04 Aug 2010, 11:36
Yep. Farmer is installing...Hence, D

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27 Sep 2010, 12:51
how can the farmer be the one who install?
shouldnt it be the engineer?
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