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# Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat

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Updated on: 21 Jul 2019, 06:07
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Looking at the question, we must first determine what drove away the farmers? The habitat? The snakes? or the Reasons?
We have a "that" acting as a pronoun and it will refer to the previous "singular" noun. So it cannot be the "snakes" or the "reasons". It is the habitat that drove away the farmers.

Let's look at the answers by POE:

(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks
Pronoun error. "they" is a wrong pronoun for "habitat".

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks
Same error as A. Also, the effect that networks are created because water gradually eroding the limestone is missing.

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network
Corrects the errors. Hold.

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network
"creates" is wrong verb usage. The topsoil cannot create the network by itself.

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks
Changes the meaning. Says the thin topsoil is creating the network, not the process of erosion.

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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Let's analyse the choice.

(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks
The word "they" mistakenly refers to snakes, but the intended meaning is that the Snake Dens habitat drove away many farmers.

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks
[b] Same pronoun issue as in (A). Furthermore, the sentence does not convey the intended meaning: here, water has eroded... and created... . It sounds illogical that water has created a network of small caves.

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network
Correct answer. This choice is grammatically correct and conveys the intended meaning unambiguously

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network
Although the sentence is grammatically correct, it has meaning issue: here, its thin topsoil sits... and creates.... It sounds illogical that the thin topsoil creates a network of small caves.

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks
Same meaning issue as in (D) . It sounds nonsensical that the thin topsoil creates a network of small caves.

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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Usage of "they" is confusing. If it is referring "reasons" then it is redundant since we have "that" already. It cant be referring snakes or habitat which is singular. We are looking for phrase "that drove away"
Verb+ing modifier "creating" is modifying preceding action i.e., erosion of limestone- looks okay.

(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks - Wrong.

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks - Tense changed to simple present, now this becomes a fact. Further the issue of "they" still exist as with A. Also "created" is changing the meaning. -Wrong

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network - Placement of it is confusing. What is "that" doing here?. Wrong

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network - Same as is B, tense issue. Also "has eroded" and "creates" aren't parallel.

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks - Correct. "creates acts as a verb for "topsoil".

Ans: E IMO
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04 Jul 2019, 01:39
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Original sentence:
Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Eliminate (A) and (B), as the word "they" nonsensically refers to snakes. The intended meaning is that the Snake Dens habitat drove away many farmers for the same reasons.

Although the sentence in each (C),(D),(E) is grammatically correct, the sentence in (D) and (E) has meaning issue. It doesn't make sense that the thin topsoil creates a network of small caves. Thus, rule out (D) and (E).

The best answer is (C). The sentence is grammatically correct and unambiguously conveys the intended meaning.

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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Here's my train of thot:

Subject in green above
Split 1 - SV Agreement - "Narcisse Snake Dens Habitat" is singular - It refers to one Habitat - Manitoba's
(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks
(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks

Let's get one thing straight, the limestone was eroded by water -> This act created networks of small caves. The creation of small caves was not a secondary reason.
For this reason, eliminate
(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network
(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network

Based on my understanding - Answer: C

I don't fully agree with this example though because there is really only one "reason" given, not "reasons" - for this reason I have my suspicions (E) might be the answer. I'm teetering to be honest.
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04 Jul 2019, 01:53
Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat "is appealing" to snakes for the same reasons that "they" drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Mistakes are bolded like this "mistake"
"is appealing" - not right , because action happens as usual, so the right answer is Present simple - appears: So A,C,E aren't right choices
"they" - not right, because the subject is habitant, so right must be - it: B - not right
Answ - D
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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Here, "Narcisse Snake Dens habitat" is singular. So "...that they drove..." is incorrect (SVA). A, B can be eliminated.

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network.

"...sits.....,creating..." is correct (cause-effect). C is the correct answer.

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network.

In D, "...sits...,creates..." is logically not sound and it also doesn't show the "create" part as an effect of "sits" part. So, D is Incorrect.

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks

"...sitting....., creates..." is incorrect (cause-effect is reversed). E can be eliminated.

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04 Jul 2019, 02:27
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IMO the correct option is C.
A- there is a pronoun error. They should be replaced by it
B- same as A
D-"its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network" -there's a discrepancy in the usage of tense. Water has already eroded the layer of limestone. creates doesn't fit into this sentence.
E- this tells us that the reasons drove away the farmers,which is not consistent with the original statement.
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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

Meaning:

1. There is Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat
2. This habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers
3. Its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes

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The main issue with this question is to get intended meaning correctly. Then you will be able to find correct pronouns-antecedents, SV-agreement.

SV agrees in number, but questionable thing is here -Verb tense.

Present continuous VS Present simple

Given sentence presents general information, we don't need to state any action that is happening currently right now.
Hence 'is appealing" is incorrect here.

Next pronoun 'they' what is antecedent? By logic 'they' has to refer to 'habitat' but it is singular.
So we have pronoun-antecedent agreement error.

POE

So we can straight away eliminate (A), (C) and (E)

(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network
(as in (A) incorrect verb tense, v-ing - creating - preceded by comma modifies preceding clause and make sense)

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks
(as in (A) incorrect verb tense, and two verbs don't connected properly "is appealing" and "creates")

We left with (B) and (D):

But (B) maintains pronoun-antecedent agreement error.

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network

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(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks

All other choices have IT/THEY (after that) without any logical subject to refer to.
:its...- this construction implies that additional information is provided about reasons talked about earlier in the sentence.
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04 Jul 2019, 04:50
A. Correct option.
B. "networks of small caves" is the consequence of gradual erosion. Usage of 'and' doesn't depict the casual relationship
C. Pronoun disagreement
D. Pronoun disagreement
E. its thin topsoil is not creating network of small caves

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04 Jul 2019, 05:44
The main point here apart from pronoun ambiguity is Verb tense in the part "water has gradually eroded underground and created networks " .I think the two parts happened at the sametime (i.e one leading to another) and therefore should have similar tense form.Going by this, Only option B has same tense form (eroded and created) and all the other options had different verb tense for the same.
Option B is correct.
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04 Jul 2019, 05:56
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(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks
they incorrectly refer to Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat, which is a singular subject

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks
appeals to -is wrong here.... it conveys the intent of habitat, which is non-living(conveying the meaning that habitat is making the request to snakes)
so to+verb is wrong here.......they incorrectly refer to habitat, which is singular

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network
appealing is correct here-conveys meaning that habitat is attractive.............it correctly refers to habitat
reasons mentioned why this habitat is attractive to snakes. ( : is used to provide what logically follows from the sentence and used here
to mention one of the reasons)

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network
appeals to-is wrong here for the same reason discussed in option (B)

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks
it changes the intended meaning of the sentence--it says reasons that drove away many farmers years ago and reasons that make the habitat appealing are same
also after semicolon there should be reasons

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04 Jul 2019, 08:04
Why do we need "it" in option C? IMO only E tells us about the reasons mentioned in the statement.
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05 Jul 2019, 06:58
Hello! I think there might be a grammatical error in the correct answer choice (C):
"is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers..."

The following phrasing, which is grammatically correct (available in answer choice E), would considerably improve the sentence:
"for the same reasons that drove"
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Manitoba’s famed Narcisse Snake Dens habitat is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks of small caves that can be entered through sinkholes.

(A) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating networks. They are incorrect as it is referring to snakes but it should refer to Habitat.

(B) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that they drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and created networks They are incorrect as it is referring to snakes but it should refer to Habitat.

(C) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creating a network This is the correct choice as IT refers to the habitat and the second clause is clear with Sits and creating having the correct cause and effect.

(D) appeals to snakes for the same reasons that it drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil sits on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground and creates a network This choice is incorrect and it shows Sits and Creates parallel to each other, however, it is a cause and effect.

(E) is appealing to snakes for the same reasons that drove away many farmers years ago: its thin topsoil, sitting on top of limestone that water has gradually eroded underground, creates networks
This choice changes the meaning of the sentence as putting sitting .... in the comma pair it shows that the thin topsoil creates the network, which is wrong.

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Jbrandl1 That version doesn't quite work, since the reasons themselves are not what drove away the farmers. The area is appealing to snakes for certain reasons (it has several appealing traits). For those same reasons, the area drove farmers away. Sayon make a similar point above.
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Hi!
Can @veritasprep or GMATNinja provide clarification to this?
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I am still confused how option C is correct... E makes more sense stating that the snakes prefer the habitat for the same reason that made farmers move away...

Can someone explain??

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I am still confused how option C is correct... E makes more sense stating that the snakes prefer the habitat for the same reason that made farmers move away...

Can someone explain??

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just look at the split of creating vs creates and sits vs sitting

, plus verb ing modifier modifies the verb , just look at creating in c, it gives cause and effect, so the erosion results in the creation of sink holes. so C is correct , E misses this meaning

similarly

sitting in E, is not modifing the verb previous to it.

in either way E can be removed
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