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# In January 1994 an oil barge ran aground off the coast of

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In January 1994 an oil barge ran aground off the coast of [#permalink]

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In January 1994 an oil barge ran aground off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, leaking its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean, while causing the pollution of the city’s beaches.

A) leaking its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean, while causing the pollution of
B) with its cargo of 750000 gallons leaking into the ocean, and it polluted
C) and its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, polluting
D) while it leaked its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean and caused the pollution of
E) so that its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, and they were polluting

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13 Oct 2008, 11:51
I think it is (c). Sorry, I never have explanations for SC questions.
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13 Oct 2008, 12:00
can smb explain "its cargo of its cargo " in B and C?
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13 Oct 2008, 12:36
I suppose "Its cargo of" in B and C is a typing error.
I vote for C.
a. Modifier (leaking....) distorts intended meaning. 'causing the pollution of" = polluted (simple)

b. it is ambigious. Doesn't have clear antecedent.
d. "while" is improper.
e. "so that" and "they" are problematic.
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13 Oct 2008, 13:03
I suppose "Its cargo of" in B and C is a typing error.
I vote for C.
a. Modifier (leaking....) distorts intended meaning. 'causing the pollution of" = polluted (simple)

b. it is ambigious. Doesn't have clear antecedent.
d. "while" is improper.
e. "so that" and "they" are problematic.
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13 Oct 2008, 15:45
In January 1994 an oil barge ran aground off the coast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, leaking its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean, while causing the pollution of the city’s beaches.

A) leaking its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean, while causing the pollution of
'leaking' is misplaced
B) with its cargo of its cargo of 750000 gallons leaking into the ocean, and it polluted
Awkward construction. 'it' refers to what ?
C) and its cargo of its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, polluting
Correct usage
D) while it leaked its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean and caused the pollution of
Improper Constructio
E) so that its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, and they were polluting
Improper Constructio
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13 Oct 2008, 17:23
I too will go with C.
A is grammatically incorrect.
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13 Oct 2008, 19:02
A) leaking its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean, while causing the pollution of
B) with its cargo of its cargo of 750000 gallons leaking into the ocean, and it polluted
C) and its cargo of its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, polluting -----Okay
D) while it leaked its cargo of 750000 gallons into the ocean and caused the pollution of
E) so that its cargo of 750000 gallons leaked into the ocean, and they were polluting

Will go with C
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13 Oct 2008, 21:28
Thanks guys OA is C

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