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5. If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it increases the likelihood that the impact of a single crop disease or pest will be disastrous.
(A) If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it
(B) If a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, as is fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it
(C) A practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area
(D) A single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,
(E) The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,
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New post 30 Oct 2005, 16:51
E.

"a practice" correctly represents "the use of .."

uses of "it" in A, B has no clear noun as antecedent. It seems referening to whole clause.

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New post 30 Oct 2005, 23:14
E looks good.

It eliminates the ambiguous pronoun reference of "it" and makes the sentence more direct and clear.

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 07:46
I don't seem to get how you guys came up with E. A looks good to me, can you provide more insight why A is wrong?

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 07:57
IMO E is wrong for two reasons.

1. It is phrased in the passive voice, which ETS abhors.

2. It`s missing the article a between of and single.

The use of a single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,

My money is on A.

BTW: The rest of the sentence isn`t exactly too eloquent either. :?

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 08:28
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IMO E is wrong for two reasons.

1. It is phrased in the passive voice, which ETS abhors.

2. It`s missing the article a between of and single.

The use of a single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,



huum, muzukashina :-D
But I don't think so, i think "a" here is redundant. E is better.

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(E) The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,

E it is.

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 18:08
difficult one...torn between A and E....

E seems OK

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 18:54
A is wrong because "it" has an ambiguous referrent. Furthermore, "if" is a conjunction introducing a dependent clause which should be followed/preceded by an ind. clause including a "willingness" or "hypothetical" verb (eg would, will).

eg If you use your car, you will travel greater distances --> ok
eg If you use your car, it travels greater distances --> not only is the tense wrong but is it really the car or you which travels greater distances? Conceptually, this sentence is plain wrong.

E is best by making the subject clear and by omitting the introduction of an ambiguous pronoun. You should perceive "single strain of plant" as a collective noun and replace it with "x". This reasoning makes it possible to omit the use of an article in front of that collective noun. You could easily think of such examples which do not require any introduction articles.

eg The use of engine oil increases car performance --> as you can see, "engine oil" does not need any article because we are not targeting any particular tangible oil at all. This same concept underlies the reasoning for E.

Just to add that "a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods" is an absolute phrase including a past participle and which will refer to "the use of"; the construction is perfect.
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New post 31 Oct 2005, 19:06
a) fragmented sentance
b) fragmented sentance
c) Dangling modifier: "A practice incorrectly modifies "a single strain of plant".
e) "The use" is unneccessary wordy.

I pick D.

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New post 31 Oct 2005, 19:08
Opps sorry. Let me retrack. The answer should be E.

D is incorrect since "strain of plant" incorrectly modifies "a practise".

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OA is indeed E.
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