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# For decades Surgeon Generals have warned that smoking

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For decades Surgeon Generals have warned that smoking increases the risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer and emphysema, and can complicate pregnancy, and increases the risk of low birth weight.

A) can complicate pregnancy, and increases the risk of low birth weight
B) can complicate pregnancy, and increases low birth weight risks
C) can complicate pregnancy, increasing the risks of low birth weight
D) can complicate pregnancy by increasing the risks of low birth weight
E) complicating pregnancy by increasing the risks of low brith weight

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11 Apr 2007, 21:26
Clear D in that it explains the reason for complication.
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11 Apr 2007, 21:54
i narrowed down my choice to D & E. & i think D is the correct answer. But i was quite tempted to pick E.
Reason why i thought E to be rite answer - i thought "complicating" should be parallel to "including lung cancer and emphysema". But then later i thought "complicating pregnancy" is not related to lung cancer. So fianally i was convinced that D is the rite answer.

Did anyone else thought of E to be the rite answer. It would be really nice if everyone also post what choices did they narrow down to & the rite answer.

for eg - D vs E & then selected D
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11 Apr 2007, 23:36
For all SC questions, I like to make sure that the sentence makes logical sense.

D as stated seems grammatically correct, but logically flawed.

D indicates that the pregnancy is complicated by increased risks in low birth weight.

cause : increased risk
effect : complicated pregnancy

Dont you think that the cause and effect should be reversed for the sentence to make sense logically.

I mean, shouldn't the sentence mean that the pregnancy is complicated and hence the risk of low birth weight was increased.

Don't get me wrong. I think D is the correct answer, but couldn't help wondering...
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12 Apr 2007, 02:04
NC your logic is not wrong....

What is the problem with C... I found it allright... and its logically correct as well. Whats OA?

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Amardeep
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12 Apr 2007, 02:20
the problem with C is that "increasing" is a verb & cannot be precedded/joined by a comma i.e " , ".
Verb should be joined by a conjuction rather than comma. For eg choice D has "and" as conjunction.
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12 Apr 2007, 16:35
Amardeep Sharma wrote:
NC your logic is not wrong....

What is the problem with C... I found it allright... and its logically correct as well. Whats OA?

regards,

Amardeep

Amardeep, I think C is incorrect because a conjunction(and)is missing.
12 Apr 2007, 16:35
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