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Re: One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undert [#permalink]
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One of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, the Panama Canal cut the 14,000 mile trip from New York to San Francisco by sea to only 6,000 miles.

A. the Panama Canal cut the 14,000 mile trip from New York to San Francisco by sea to only 6,000 miles

C. the construction of the Panama Canal allows ships to cut the 14,000 mile trip from New York to San Francisco down to only 6,000 miles



This seems to be a near-duplicate of the question posted here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/one-of-the-l ... l?fl=homea

but it seems as I was replying there, that thread was "temporarily locked", not sure the reason that happens. And I don't know the source of this question, but the "OA", and the explanation of it, seem very problematic to me. First, there's nothing at all wrong with calling the Panama Canal an "engineering project", so the OE's justification for eliminating answer A is wrong. If you then ask what "cut" the length of the trip, it was the Canal that did that, not the ships, so A conveys the right meaning and C the wrong one. And C is wrong for another reason; it's not the "construction of the Canal" that makes trips shorter; it's the Canal itself that makes trips shorter. Answer A gets all of those important things right, and C gets them wrong, so A is a much better answer (despite a couple of smaller issues) than C, as far as I can tell.
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