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# Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland

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29 Jul 2009, 20:49
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IMO B

Comparison is between (grassy fields ..) and birds sandpiper; both are getting vanished as a result of residential and industrial development.

Only B, has right comparison of 2 nouns.
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29 Jul 2009, 21:04
Sorry about that and thanks a lot.

jallenmorris wrote:
Seriously, if you want to get responses from more people than just me, stop asking your question inside an attached Word document.

THE QUESTION:

Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland sandpiper needs for feeding and nesting when it returns in May after wintering in the Argentine Pampas, the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in farming pracitces.

a) the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in

b) the bird itself is vanishing in the northeastern United States as a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in

c) that the birds themselves are vanishing in the northeastern United States is due to residential and industrial development and changes to

d) in the northeastern United States, sandpipers' vanishing is due to residential and industrial development and to changes in

e) in the northeastern United States, the sandpipers' vanishing, a result of residential and industrial development and changing

Please explain the comparison in this question

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29 Jul 2009, 23:29
D, E can be eliminated straightaway.
A :- wrongly compared
B : - bird itself vanishing ... sounds awkward
C:- birds themselves vanishing ... sounds awkward and also C is unnecessary wordy
How they themselves vanishing ??
Go for B
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30 Jul 2009, 00:37
I also got it wrong.
But, the comparison is between the grassy fields vanishing and the bird's vanishing.
... C is out
D and E compares the noun with the verb... (sandpipers vanishing).
A is also have the error of D&E,
b is the only choice
jallenmorris wrote:
Seriously, if you want to get responses from more people than just me, stop asking your question inside an attached Word document.

THE QUESTION:

Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland sandpiper needs for feeding and nesting when it returns in May after wintering in the Argentine Pampas, the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in farming pracitces.

a) the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in

b) the bird itself is vanishing in the northeastern United States as a result of residential and industrial development and of changes in

c) that the birds themselves are vanishing in the northeastern United States is due to residential and industrial development and changes to

d) in the northeastern United States, sandpipers' vanishing is due to residential and industrial development and to changes in

e) in the northeastern United States, the sandpipers' vanishing, a result of residential and industrial development and changing

Please explain the comparison in this question

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28 Jul 2010, 04:59
So the comparision is between a field and a bird?
How can that be possible?
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28 Jul 2010, 06:09
IMO it's B. The comparison is between two identical outcomes of something!
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28 Jul 2010, 07:37
not sure of what is compared to what ...but I maintain the best answer is B
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28 Jul 2010, 12:12
I had hard time understanding this sentence but found some good explanation on another forum. Posting here.

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Reasons for why A, C and D are wrong.

(A) if you write "the sandpipers vanishing", then "sandpipers" is the subject ("vanishing" is a modifier describing that subject). the subject "sandpipers" doesn't agree with the singular verb "is".

GENERAL NOTE:
this sentence starts out with "like the grassy fields and old pastures...". the COMPARISON here is between those fields and pastures (which are disappearing) and the bird (which is also disappearing); therefore, to make this comparison valid, the next sentence MUST start with "the bird" or "the sandpiper". it can't start with anything else.

(C) invalid comparison; this clause starts with "that the birds are vanishing...", rather than with the bird itself. this choice is also hopelessly awkward, although it may take a native speaker's eye to see that.

(D) invalid comparison; the subject of this clause is the sandpipers' vanishing, rather than the sandpiper itself. the prepositional phrase "in the NE united states" is also inserted in a bad place; you generally don't want to create such occlusions in a comparison.
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28 Jul 2010, 21:32
IMO B...

correctly does the logical comparison.. like the grassy and paddy fields .... the bird itself
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31 Jul 2010, 10:35
temp33 wrote:
IMO B...

correctly does the logical comparison.. like the grassy and paddy fields .... the bird itself

how you can compare a field with a bird?
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31 Jul 2010, 11:04
noboru wrote:
temp33 wrote:
IMO B...

correctly does the logical comparison.. like the grassy and paddy fields .... the bird itself

how you can compare a field with a bird?

The comparison is here that both the bird and the habitat are disappearing for similar reasons.
bird itself - noun that goes correctly with other nouns.
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01 Aug 2010, 04:30
We need a noun to compare and Only B provides that
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07 Aug 2010, 23:50
B.

Comparison.....Like X(noun), Y(noun)
i.e. like grassy fields, the bird itself

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08 Aug 2010, 11:09
Nicely disguised question of comparison... B
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28 Aug 2010, 14:23
Nobody is going to elaborate a bit more?
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28 Aug 2010, 22:58
It took me at least 2+ minutes for this Q and i chose B by PURE elimination.....B sounded better than the rest- thats the only reason i go for B
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how can be made a comparision between grassy fields and a bird??

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please can some one explane why B is correct one and other incorrect
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27 Apr 2013, 07:12
I have a question on option D. Like the grassy fields...., in the northeastern united states, Sandpipers' vanishing... my question is on OG explanation. As far as my understanding goes, the construction of comparison using like should be "Like X,Y" and not "Like X, in the ...(prepositional phrase), Y". I think what should follow after comma should be a noun and not a prepositional phrase. However OG explanation says that the comparison is illogical and not grammatical error. Can someone please explain.
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27 Apr 2013, 07:34
Hi, You're correct, this is an issue with D

As some one has said earlier:

The subject of this clause is the sandpipers' vanishing, rather than the sandpiper itself. the prepositional phrase "in the NE united states" is also inserted in a bad place; you generally don't want to create such occlusions in a comparison.
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