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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
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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

[Reveal] Spoiler:
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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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

'gradual reversion back' is wrong as 'back' is redundant. B and C is out.
Idiom: 'reversion to' - E is out.
In this case, the question stem is talking about a reversion to a certain practice. Hence, we need to use 'raising of agricultural staples', which signifies an ongoing act/process i.e. practice. D is out.
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'gradual reversion back' is wrong as 'back' is redundant. B and C is out.
Idiom: 'reversion to' - E is out.
In this case, the question stem is talking about a reversion to a certain practice. Hence, we need to use 'raising of agricultural staples', which signifies an ongoing act/process i.e. practice. D is out.

Thanks buddy.. kudos to you... i was stuck between A and D and although i was favouring A i eventually went for D thinking concision bad choice i guess
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12 Sep 2011, 01:18
reversion + back is redundant
Hence B &C are out
And reversion to something is idiomatic
SO A it is
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12 Sep 2011, 17:01
I picked D, but I understand why A is correct. Thanks for the explanations guys.
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