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# However much scientists may agree that the average global

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However much scientists may agree that the average global temperature is rising and that this rise is at least partially caused by human activity, global warming remains a subject of heated debate for both American citizens and lawmakers.

(A) However much scientists may agree that
(B) Despite agreement among scientists to the fact
(C) Although scientists agree
(D) Even though most scientists may agree
(E) There is agreement among many scientists that

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[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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24 Nov 2010, 11:17
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B, C and D miss the parallelism by not including the word – that . E does not bring out the contrast by using a suitable transition word such as -but-

So A is the best.

Compare this to an OG question given below

However much United States voters may agree that there is waste in government and that the government as a whole spends beyond its means, it is difficult to find broad support for a movement toward a minimal state.

(A) However much United States voters may agree that
(B) Despite the agreement among United States voters to the fact
(C) Although United States voters agree
(D) Even though United States voters may agree
(E) There is agreement among United States voters that

In this example also, the OA is A
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Re: Here's an interesting SC... [#permalink]

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Nice work, guys - and let me bring this up as a great example of this:

When the answer choices offer a split between the last word including a transition/structural word like "that", "but", "to", etc. in some choices and not including that word in others, you're probably going to have to determine whether you need it.

Here, two options have "that" as the last word and three do not. "That" in this case is a spacer word between two subject-verb clauses ("scientists agree" and "the temperature is rising"), and therefore we do need that word, so we can narrow down to two and then like daagh mentioned we have to pick the one that sets up a transition ("Although").

I tend to look at SC like you're performing "sentence transplant surgery" - and in order for you to transplant effectively you need to make sure that the replacement perfectly fits with the "host". The first and last words are therefore often crucial and make really good decision points, so if you notice that the last words give you a choice between using a structural word and not, there's a very good chance that you have to make that decision.
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24 Nov 2010, 12:12
Wow, Knewton tries hard to differentiate the questions

You are right daagh...thanks.
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Re: Here's an interesting SC... [#permalink]

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24 Nov 2010, 12:53
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Nice work, guys - and let me bring this up as a great example of this:

When the answer choices offer a split between the last word including a transition/structural word like "that", "but", "to", etc. in some choices and not including that word in others, you're probably going to have to determine whether you need it.

Here, two options have "that" as the last word and three do not. "That" in this case is a spacer word between two subject-verb clauses ("scientists agree" and "the temperature is rising"), and therefore we do need that word, so we can narrow down to two and then like daagh mentioned we have to pick the one that sets up a transition ("Although").

I tend to look at SC like you're performing "sentence transplant surgery" - and in order for you to transplant effectively you need to make sure that the replacement perfectly fits with the "host". The first and last words are therefore often crucial and make really good decision points, so if you notice that the last words give you a choice between using a structural word and not, there's a very good chance that you have to make that decision.

This is awesome input Brain...thanks very much.
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