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21 Jul 2013, 09:02
skamal7 wrote:
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,

A and B are eliminated just on the basis that an "if condition" cannot be a "practice".
C is incorrect in that it implies all practices fostered by modern seed-marketing methods are - a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area increase bla bla. Actually the reverse is true.

D is incorrect in that " a single strain of plant bla bla" cannot be referred by the appositive "a practice".
However, all such issues are being rectified by using the appositive " a practice" that refers to " the use of single bla bla".
Hence E is perfect.

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22 Jul 2013, 22:52
I picked E because it's the only one that makes sense.
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06 Aug 2015, 10:20
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27 Aug 2015, 05:34
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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. [b]If [/b]a single strain of plant is used for a given crop over a wide area, as is fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, it

A and B are wrong for incorrect construction of If clause. Correct structure : If [verb in present tense], then will [base verb]. Since my second clause (then) is in simple present (increases) , my sentence cannot start with If clause.

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,

C and D are wrong for incorrect modifier placement.
"A practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods" modifies the subject "a single strain of plant". A single strain of plant is not a practice.

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 is correct. "a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods" correctly modifies "The use of single strain of plant" and the singular subject agrees with the verb "increases"

I'm agree with you about C&D, but the IF Construction in A&B is perfectly correct. the problem with A&B is the usage of pronoun IT.
the antecedent of this pronoun is a clause while we can not use a clause as an antecedent
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21 Sep 2015, 00:45
Misplaced modifiers in all options except E.
Also, attach an article to a verb and it becomes a noun. This is tested in E.
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14 Oct 2016, 19:15
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skamal7 wrote:
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,

A and B are eliminated just on the basis that an "if condition" cannot be a "practice".
C is incorrect in that it implies all practices fostered by modern seed-marketing methods are - a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area increase bla bla. Actually the reverse is true.

D is incorrect in that " a single strain of plant bla bla" cannot be referred by the appositive "a practice".
However, all such issues are being rectified by using the appositive " a practice" that refers to " the use of single bla bla".
Hence E is perfect.

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The use of E is perfect?
Why is it not missing an "a", i.e. Shouldnt E read: "The use of a single strain of plant...."

Imagine if the prompt read: "If single strain of plant is used..." That is plain wrong!!
"Single strain of plant" is neither a noun or a noun clause. E should either read "single strains of plant" or "the use of a single strain of plant" if the intention is to refer to it as a collective noun.

What am i overlooking?
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29 Jan 2017, 16:28
only the "use" can be the appositive of "a practice", "a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area" can not
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30 Jan 2017, 00:31
harpott is absolutely right. E needs to say "a single strain" to be valid. (This doesn't change the appositive relationship between "a practice" and "the use," since the phrase in question is part of a modifier.)

To be clear, we can say "the use of one strain," but throwing in an adjective such as "single" necessitates an article ("a").

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