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# Like the grassy fields and old pastures that the upland

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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 practices.

(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 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

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21 Sep 2004, 08:05
It's b/w A and D
I would take A
We are comparing 2 phenomena:
1- Like the grassy fields and old pastures
2- the sandpipers vanishing
B and C are out
E has incomplete sentence at the end with no verb
D has 2 flaws:
1- it has misplaced modifier problem in that it introduces the location first instead of putting the clause which is supposed to be contrasted to the first phenomenon "Like the grassy fields and old pastures"
2- the "sandpipers' vanishing" makes it that the vanishing is something that belongs to the sandpipers and is incorrect
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21 Sep 2004, 13:12
B is comparing like things:
the grassy fields and old pastures
vs
the bird
It is comparing those 2 things in a metaphorical way I would say
Pretty sure it's B
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21 Sep 2004, 22:42
[color=red]E. is incorrect because it is run-on and mumble jumble.
D. Incorrect use of â€¦.sandpipersâ€™ vanishing is due to â€¦. and to changes in
C. is out for the verb of â€œthatâ€
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08 Feb 2005, 22:31
B. Comparision using like. like compares nouns.

but chunjuwu brings difficult problems. therefore a second thought should be applied. Could be A.
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08 Feb 2005, 22:55
Has to be (B). The other choices all have plual forms for the bird, which is wrong.
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09 Feb 2005, 04:01
I'd go with (A)

IMO, the two - (i) vanishing grassy fields and pastures and (ii) the sandpipers vanishing are being caused by "residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices."

Therefore, the sentence reads as follows:

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 practices.
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20 Jul 2005, 11:18
I am unable to choose any of the answer choices. This SC seems to be testing the misplaced modifier,

The grassy fields and old pastures of the Argentine pampas is being contrasted with the sandpipers in the first three choice. So aren't A, B and C wrong?

But, choices D and E are no better either, as the grassy fields are now being compared to the Northeastern states. For the record, I will go with D.

Can the SC experts chip in please...
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21 Jul 2005, 17:45
I'm confused on this one. If the answer is B, looks like we are comparing "grassy fields and old pastures" to the "bird" - could anyone explain what I am missing here?

Like X ....., Y is ... X is being compared to Y.
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05 Oct 2005, 10:09
(A) I think the 'sandpipers', having already been mentioned with respect to fields and pastures, needs some qualification as in choice B to make the sentence more clear.
(B) Best Choice
(C) awkward construction
(D & E) Verb 'are' or 'is' is missing
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05 Oct 2005, 11:27
I'll be brave and say D.
I'll explain if my conclusion is right.
I'm probably wrong here.
What's the source of this? It's a quite tricky one.
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05 Oct 2005, 19:27
C - changes 'to' farming pracitces is not idiomatic
D,E - out. begins with the wrong noun

Between A and B,

B would read as:
Like the grassy fields and old pastures, the bird itself is vanishing...

A would read as:
Like the grassy fields and old pastures, the sandpipers vanishing...
A comes across as pretty awkward.

I'll take B.
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07 Oct 2005, 13:43
It's from the OG 11th edition diagnostic test

The OE is as follows:

The comparison introduced by like must be logical and clear; the point of this comparison is that both the habitat and the bird are disappearing for similar reasons. The comparison must use comparable grammatical components; the bird itself is a noun and matches the noun phrases grassy fields and old pastures.

B - This sentence properly compares the bird itself to grassy fields and old pastures; is vanishing as the verb strenghtens the sentence by making the comparison clearer.
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Re: SC: Sandpiper [#permalink]

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04 Jan 2006, 11:38
This is in fact a tough one.
'Like' in the beginning of the sentence tells me that this is a 'Comparison' type question. It is comparing the grassy fields and old pastures in the Argentine Pampas with the one in the northern United States. So I eliminated A,B,C.
In E, changing in farming practices..does not sound right.
Therefore we are left with D.
I will go with D.
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04 Jan 2006, 12:02
This is in fact a tough one.
'Like' in the beginning of the sentence tells me that this is a 'Comparison' type question. It is comparing the grassy fields and old pastures in the Argentine Pampas with the one in the northern United States. So I eliminated A,B,C.
In E, changing in farming practices..does not sound right.
Therefore we are left with D.
I will go with D.
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04 Jan 2006, 20:54
Damn, its really a tough one..
I am inclined towards E..
Like grassy fields......north Eastern US...

Though the sentence sounds awkward, but only North eastern US can be compared to the grassy fields..
OA plz?
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05 Jan 2006, 09:14
vivek123 wrote:
Probably a tougher one...

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 a residential and industrial development and of changes in farming practices

(A) the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is a result of a 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, sandpipersâ€™ vanishing due to residential and industrial development and to changes in
(E) in the northeastern United States, the sandpipersâ€™ vanishing, a result of residential and industrial development and changing

this is a faculty comparison question

you can't compare fields to birds so A B and C are out. D and E compares fields to northeaster United States, so let's start there.

for D Sandpipers' vanishing due to............. needs to be Sandpipers are vanishing due to

So go with E
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05 Jan 2006, 22:26
Hey Princeofshanghai,

In this case you are not comparing fields with birds but the vanishing of the two. Hence they can be compared.

e.g. Like my dog, Sourav Ganguly goes astray when not kept on leash. This is not faulty comparison. Faulty comparison is when you compare 2 unlike things. e.g. My house is more expensive than Sourav.
Now I am comparing price to a person hence is wrong.
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07 Jan 2006, 05:56
princeofshanghai wrote:
Hey Princeofshanghai,

In this case you are not comparing fields with birds but the vanishing of the two. Hence they can be compared.

e.g. Like my dog, Sourav Ganguly goes astray when not kept on leash. This is not faulty comparison. Faulty comparison is when you compare 2 unlike things. e.g. My house is more expensive than Sourav.
Now I am comparing price to a person hence is wrong.

how so are they comparing the vanishing of the two???? the first part of the sentence doesn't say anything about the fields vanishing.

am I reading this wrong????

I think this is called ellipses, where part is assumed.
Both examples below are correct,
1) "Dolphins make sound like humans".
2) "Dolphins make sound as humans do".
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19 Jun 2006, 07:10
Learn wrote:
Its B

Like needs comparision btw 2 nouns. Thats only in A/B

A slightly changes the meaning.

^ B ^

A does not change the meaning but it does not have the right verb. Ã¼

"the sandpipers vanishing in the northeastern United States is "

we need a plural verb " are" for sandpipers.
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