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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. 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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18 Jan 2006, 21:56
I believe it is E..

A and B are clearly out.. C is awkward.. between D and E.. I think D has misplaced modifier..
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18 Jan 2006, 22:46
E it is...it sounds more clear. But can someone explain why it would not be D?
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19 Jan 2006, 06:11
I think E is better than D because the so-called "a practice" must be "the use of single strain"
" a single strain...." itself can't be a "practice".

E it is.
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19 Jan 2006, 09:02
OA is E,

Don't you think the "it" in E doesn't have any antecedent . It looks like its refering to the complete phrase "The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area".

I have read somewhere that "it" should not refer to any phrase/clause.

pls explain.

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19 Jan 2006, 23:55
cool_jonny009 wrote:
OA is E,

Don't you think the "it" in E doesn't have any antecedent . It looks like its refering to the complete phrase "The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area".

I have read somewhere that "it" should not refer to any phrase/clause.

pls explain.

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In your original choices - "E" does not have "it" - only "A" and "B" have "it" in them.
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20 Jan 2006, 21:29
'E' it is.

Between 'D' & 'E'....'D' has modifier problem. 'E' is clear in specifying the 'practice'!
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26 Jul 2007, 06:59
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cool_jonny009 wrote:
OA is E,

Don't you think the "it" in E doesn't have any antecedent . It looks like its refering to the complete phrase "The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area".

I have read somewhere that "it" should not refer to any phrase/clause.

pls explain.

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In your original choices - "E" does not have "it" - only "A" and "B" have "it" in them.

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

"It" is a syntactic expletive that has no pronoun, therefore it should be avoided.
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1)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) A practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods, a single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area
(B) 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
(C) 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
(D) The use of single strain of plant for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,
(E) A single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area, a practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods,

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02 Feb 2010, 09:06
[A] practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods is an appositive of use. Answer D is the only option that phrases the sentense in a manner that makes that clear.
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17 Feb 2010, 20:20
a practice refers to use of sigle strain of plant,
it increases - refers to use of ...

So, D looks like the only one.
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18 Feb 2010, 01:00
At first we should realize that "a single strain of plant" cannot be the subject of the main sentence, because it cannot possibly increase the likelihood of disease. So (A) and (E) are out. Let's also mention that " a single strain of plant" cannot be "a practice" - yet another reason to strike out (A) and (E)

In case of (B) and (C) pronoun "It" has no clear antecedent.

(D) is the correct answer. It's grammatically sound and has clear meaning
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12 Sep 2010, 07:43
Guys... pls explain why particular answer is wrong than simply giving IMO's

hope it helps..
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12 Sep 2010, 09:44
rohinipathi wrote:
Guys... pls explain why particular answer is wrong than simply giving IMO's

hope it helps..

Incorrect usage of 'if' in a and b.Moreover what does it refer to?So eliminate a and b.Down to c,d and e.Now check modifier.What increases the likelihood?practice?Certainly not.So eliminate c.Compared to d and e,usage of 'The' is specific and correctly indicates what increases the likelihood that the impact of a single crop disease or pest will be disastrous.
Hence E.
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12 Sep 2010, 10:17
The answer can be "D", only if the dependant clause " practice fostered by modern seed-marketing methods" is not present.The sentence "A single strain of plant used for a given crop over a wide area increases..." works only without the dependant clause. With the dependant clause, "the practice" refers to the "use of the single strain" not the "single strain". Hence it is a misplaced modifier and the answer is "E".
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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. 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,

Here the question is what increases the likelihood...
is it the single strain or the use of single strain of plant for a given crop..
It is the use of the single strain.. so the subject should be the that.
So we can eliminate C and D.
In A and B , IT is referring to the use of the single strain... as USE is a verb in the sentence.

Only E has The use of ... as subject
SO E is correct
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12 Sep 2010, 19:13
E.

The use of ..., the practice of ... INCREASES the likelihood....

cool_jonny009 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,

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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) 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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21 Jul 2013, 05:38
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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) 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,

E for me

what increases the likelihood that the impact of a single crop disease or pest will be disastrous? it is the use of single strain of plant that increases the liklehood. A and B are out because of the use of "it" what it refer to? C has an awkward construction..
D out because a single strain of plant itself cannot increase the likelihood, practice refer to what?
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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"
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