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398. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

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Good question. A IMO. I am just trying to explain my views on other explanations. See the quotes.
noboru wrote:
398. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples.
- Correct as it is. This is due to parallelism:
Parallelism: Increased consumption || Reversion to the raising of.

(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
- Reversion and back shouldn't be used together. These words are redundant.
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
- "Reversion" and "back" are redundant.
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
- Reversion to raise implies that it is a gradual reversion which will raise staples. However, the raise of staples itself is a gradual reversion.
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples
- "Reversion into the raising" is not idiomatic.

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22 Sep 2009, 11:55
IMO D

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398. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples - wordy.....to raise is fine
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples - is not required
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again - same as A
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples - clear and concise...winner
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples - wordy

lets others try too first....

PS: You can also try again, since it´s not D...
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In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

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14 Dec 2009, 01:24
In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staplesCORRECT
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staplesreversion and back both mean the same----redundancy error
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples againsame problem as B
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staplesLook closely,meaning changed by using the infinitive "to raise" instead of the gerund "raising". We need a gerund here as we are comparing nouns
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staplesreversion into is unidiomatic

IMO A

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14 Dec 2009, 10:10
IMO A

revert to - hence, 'reversion to' is needed ......

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples - REDUNDANT
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again - REDUNDANT
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples - no infinitve needed
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples - 'to' needed
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14 Dec 2009, 15:33
IMO I look at the sentence as if -in spite of A, there are B (addition meaning)-. Therefore, I see the thin line of connection between "the increased consumption of specialty foods" and "the raising of agricultural staples". Then, "to raise agricultural staples" does not seem parallel to me.--> Eliminate D

Plus, "Reverse/reversion" conveys the meaning both "back and "again". I agree with Urchin that it is redundant.-->Eliminate B and C

"reverse into" doesnt seem right to me--> eliminate E

my ans. A
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21 Dec 2009, 06:25
xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

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The infinitive indicates purpose. Option D is saying that the agronomists foresee a gradual reversion because they want to raise agricultural staples. Obviously this is not the intended meaning.

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21 Dec 2009, 06:29
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

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PLS tell me what is the problem with D

The infinitive indicates purpose. Option D is saying that the agronomists foresee a gradual reversion because they want to raise agricultural staples. Obviously this is not the intended meaning.

the problem is ' a gradual reversion' is noun and ' raise agricultural staples' is verb.... so noun to verb does not sound ok... whereas in A 'the raising of agricultural staples' is noun.. so noun to noun is ok
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21 Dec 2009, 13:43
The raising is parallel to which noun in the non underlying clause?

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21 Dec 2009, 14:17
chetan2u wrote:
mikeCoolBoy wrote:
xcusemeplz2009 wrote:
In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

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PLS tell me what is the problem with D

The infinitive indicates purpose. Option D is saying that the agronomists foresee a gradual reversion because they want to raise agricultural staples. Obviously this is not the intended meaning.

the problem is ' a gradual reversion' is noun and ' raise agricultural staples' is verb.... so noun to verb does not sound ok... whereas in A 'the raising of agricultural staples' is noun.. so noun to noun is ok

following your logic, the following sentence should be incorrect

Scientists have created a scale to rate a hurricane's strength from 1 (weakest) to 5 (strongest)

here you have noun + verb

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21 Dec 2009, 23:01
D seems to make more sense than B to me.

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22 Dec 2009, 06:00
though its clear that A is the OA, but still what is OA?

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24 Dec 2009, 07:27
[quote="xcusemeplz2009"]In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples
(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples

Reversion IN is correct!

Reversion IN stock-prices... It mean the return of belief IN something, not return of belief TO something.... I belive IN God, not TO God and so on!

E would be correct for me.

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24 Dec 2009, 07:27
Can we get the source and OA, please ?

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22 Jul 2010, 12:21
"the raising" sounds soo bad to me. Could anybody elaborate a bit more on why A is better than D?
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22 Jul 2010, 19:09
Still not convinced with A ... I go with D

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398. In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.

(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples

(B) that a gradual reversion back will feature the raising of agricultural staples

How does ''back'' fit in here? Sounds redudant and unncessary

(C) a gradual reversion back to the raising of agricultural staples again
Same reasno for B, and ''again'' in this passage sounds wierd.

(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
Changed the whole meaning.

(E) a gradual reversion into the raising of agricultural staples
Just doesn't feel right here

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23 Jul 2010, 03:51
noboru wrote:
"the raising" sounds soo bad to me. Could anybody elaborate a bit more on why A is better than D?
Thanks.

I know it does, but it's the reversion to something, not the reversion to do something. so it has to be a noun.

hope it's clear

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23 Jul 2010, 12:19
I vote for D...
Can someone explain the difference and why A is preferred to D ?
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