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daviddaviddavid wrote:
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don't get this one :(

I mean we can immediately eliminate A, B, and C

Wolf......... 11,000 of them

that should be clear!


For D) declined to an estimate of 200,000 is awkward


but for E) ....some 11,000 of them ??? this also sounds awkward to me :(



Hello daviddaviddavid,

I would be glad to help you with this one. :-)

The structure some 11,000 of them to be found in the lower 48 United States and Alaska is a Noun + Noun Modifier in which some 11,000 of them = Noun and to be found in the lower 48 United States and Alaska = Noun Modifier.

The Noun + Noun Modifiers are very versatile in nature. They can refer to any noun in the preceding clause or the entire preceding clause. The modification depends on the context of the sentence.

In the correct answer choice of this official sentence, the Noun + Noun Modifier some 11,000 of them to be found in the lower 48 United States and Alaska modifies the noun wolves. Some 11,000 wolves are now found in the lower 48 United States and Alaska.

This structure is absolutely correct. Noun + Noun Modifiers are used pretty frequently in official sentences. For more details, explanation, and official examples, please our very famous article named Noun + Noun Modifiers - The most versatile modifier in the following link:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/noun-noun-modifiers-the-most-versatile-modifier-137292.html


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The first point to notice in this question should be ---- "Once numbering in the millions worldwide" should touch the noun that it intendeds to modify and that noun must be plural --- this rules out all options but D and E. "Estimate of " in D is acting as a verb which is not needed , so the answer is E



Hello sriamlan,

I am afraid to say that your reason to reject Choice D is not correct.

Choice D uses the phrase to an estimate of. This phrase is certainly not a verb. In fact, an estimate has been used as a noun in this choice.

Yes, usage of an estimate is incorrect because per choice D, wolves have declined to an estimate. This certainly makes no sense.


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New post 24 Sep 2017, 11:19
A. it is estimated that the wolf has declined to 200,000 in 57 countries, some=> wolf agreement error
B. the wolf is estimated to have declined to 200,000 in 57 countries, with approximately=> agreement
C. the wolf has declined to an estimate of 200,000 in 57 countries, some=> agreement
D. wolves have declined to an estimate of 200,000 in 57 countries, with approximately=> estimate to be not idiomatic
E. wolves have declined to an estimated 200,000 in 57 countries, some=> estimated to be idiomatic

E is correct choice..
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