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# It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent

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It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources.

A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare
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02 Jun 2014, 03:33
C seems best here: to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
though i feel that following would have been also OK: for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contamination of water sources

faults :
A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources----->we need "the contamination"
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare
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02 Jun 2014, 07:39
C seems best here: to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
though i feel that following would have been also OK: for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contamination of water sources

faults :
A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources----->we need "the contamination"
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare

Wats difference in "the contamination" and "contamination" ??

What part does "," plays in choice C).
Help me in this.

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Wats difference in "the contamination" and "contamination" ??

you are talking about a specific "contamination" of water resources and not just random "contamination" so you need "the contamination"
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12 Nov 2015, 08:31
So, this question has been idle for a while, but is "the" really the determining factor here? Is there a rule here? I don't see significant difference in meaning between B and C, but C sure seems to have an awkward sentence structure.
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29 Nov 2015, 05:44
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So, this question has been idle for a while, but is "the" really the determining factor here? Is there a rule here? I don't see significant difference in meaning between B and C, but C sure seems to have an awkward sentence structure.

I agree with you.
However, after I checked again I understood, we have to think about the meaning of the first sentence. (The original one)

In the original the author is talking about a specific contamination. "The contamination".

Although letter B is concise and actually sounds better, it doesn't convey the message that the author wants to deliver.
Due to this fact, letter C is a better option.

Experts, please I need if my explanation is correct.
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It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources.

A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare

I picked C based off of meaning. Maybe I am wrong, but A, B and C read, to me, that it is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent something. In other words, the welfare of the ecology has to prevent the contamination. That is not plausible. Down to C and E. E has the error the contaminating. That left me with C
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03 Dec 2015, 13:13
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It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources.

A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare

can someone help me with this question. down to B ad C. Why is C preferred over B?
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goodyear2013 wrote:
It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources.

A) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent the contaminating of water resources
B) for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources
C) to prevent the contamination of water resources, for the welfare of our ecology
D) for our ecology and welfare to prevent the contamination of water resource
E) to prevent the contaminating of water resources for our ecology's welfare

can someone help me with this question. down to B ad C. Why is C preferred over B?

I think it all boils down to choice of the word contamination over the word contaminating.It is always preferable to use a noun than a participle as a noun.Though usage of participle as a noun is not wrong on the GMAT.

However the catch in the sentence is the meaning ( i guess so ! )

If B were correct, it would read as :
It is important for the welfare of our ecology to prevent contamination of water sources.

However on closer reading the sentence seems to suggest that the " welfare" must prevent contamination. ( This is the meaning that made me choose C over B..though I would prefer someone to back my understanding)

C is unambiguous in meaning .

Hope the above helps.

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I rejected C because after ", for" we'll require an independent clause (,FANBOYS). Something doesn't add up. Also I didn't understand how "contamination" vs "the contamination" differ??
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I rejected C because after ", for" we'll require an independent clause (,FANBOYS). Something doesn't add up. Also I didn't understand how "contamination" vs "the contamination" differ??

Hey prateek176 ,

The FANBOYS rule structure is as follows:

Independent Clause, [FANBOYS] Independent clause.

Here "for the welfare of our ecology" isn't a clause. It is a phrase. So, that rule isn't applicable here.

I would not bother about "contamination" vs "the contamination" unless I don't know why the other options are incorrect.

Does that make sense?
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I rejected C because after ", for" we'll require an independent clause (,FANBOYS). Something doesn't add up. Also I didn't understand how "contamination" vs "the contamination" differ??

Hey prateek176 ,

The FANBOYS rule structure is as follows:

Independent Clause, [FANBOYS] Independent clause.

Here "for the welfare of our ecology" isn't a clause. It is a phrase. So, that rule isn't applicable here.

I would not bother about "contamination" vs "the contamination" unless I don't know why the other options are incorrect.

Does that make sense?

Hi abhimahna

Visited this question today once again.
Today I felt that option B and D are wrong because both choices start off with " It is important for the welfare of the ecology". "welfare of ecology" is the effect which should follow "contamination of resources". B and D also appear wrong because it seems as if it is important FOR something to prevent contamination of resources.
C appears best of the lot.

What do you say?
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Hi abhimahna

Visited this question today once again.
Today I felt that option B and D are wrong because both choices start off with " It is important for the welfare of the ecology". "welfare of ecology" is the effect which should follow "contamination of resources". B and D also appear wrong because it seems as if it is important FOR something to prevent contamination of resources.
C appears best of the lot.

What do you say?

Hey prateek176 ,

I would not rule out B and D options for the reason you stated.

Option D is incorrect because it is changing the meaning. As per the original meaning, we will day it is important for one thing - for the welfare of ECONOMY. We are not saying important for two things - Economy and welfare.

Option B is incorrect because of the incorrect usage of "sources" . You need to understand the difference between a source and a resource.

These 2 words are mostly confused to have the same meaning, which isn't true.

Source means the origin, root cause of something. Where as Resource is something that is readily available to use.

In other way I can say, Resources are the things that we use and Source is the place where we get these things from.

For example;

Water is the source of energy. Water resources are used for irrigation.
Father is the source of income for a family. People are the resources of the company.

Does that make sense?
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