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# Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called

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27 Dec 2016, 08:45
Can someone please explain why is option B wrong? Thanks!
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27 Dec 2016, 09:22
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himanshumalhotra1990 wrote:
Can someone please explain why is option B wrong? Thanks!

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

The first part before comma and the aftward part do not have much sense.

See the other explanations in the previous posts.
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01 Jan 2017, 00:14
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Can someone please explain why is option B wrong? Thanks!

The explanation given above by carcass seems sufficient. If there are any further questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button – closing this request.
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20 Feb 2017, 13:59
Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

This question is testing our understanding in modifier.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,
very clear

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

modifier+modifier + n + modifier, confused

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,
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26 Feb 2017, 00:58
Hi every one,
According to me in A
(Originally developed for detecting air pollutants) - modifying, ->(a technique) called proton-induced x-ray emission,
(which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it) - modifying -> (a technique) called proton-induced x-ray emission.
If we write full sentence without modifier, it will look like :
a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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18 Mar 2017, 06:27
Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, - CORRECT

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission - NEVER USE TWO INITIAL MODIFIERS (1. Originally developed for detecting air pollutants 2.having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it) TOGETHER TO MODIFY THE SUBJECT (TECHNIQUE)- INCORRECT
(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, A IS BETTER. ALSO, 'called proton-induced x-ray emission' SEEMS TO MODIFY AIR POLLUTANTS.

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it, - AND IS INCORRECT

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission, AND IS INCORRECT
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17 May 2017, 18:30
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Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,

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Why and how is the OA correct. Why is the use of "which" correct in Answer A, but not C/

A Correct.
B Sentences cannot have back to back opening noun modifiers.
C Sentences cannot have back to back opening noun modifiers.
D "Which has the ability" modifies "x-ray emission" when it should modify "technique"
E Sentence is a fragment.
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10 Sep 2017, 07:20
Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,[/quote]
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10 Sep 2017, 08:50
hi,
Can you please explain why B doesnt work here.
Atleast to me, B is clubbing up both the things(detect air pollutants and quickly analyse chemical elements) the technique claims to do and then introduces the techinque's name...
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10 Sep 2017, 09:03
hi,
Can you please explain why B doesnt work here.
Atleast to me, B is clubbing up both the things(detect air pollutants and quickly analyse chemical elements) the technique claims to do and then introduces the techinque's name...

B is wrong because having the ability to analyze wrongly modifies the preceding noun air pollutants.
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12 Sep 2017, 03:10
Thanks a lot.
Yes thats there..makes sense. From this sentence it does seem like ability to analyze is describing air pollutants.

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Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,

SUBJECT AND VERB ARE MATCHING, modifiers working fine.

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20 Oct 2017, 06:43
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Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, is finding uses in medicine, archaeology, and criminology.

(A) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,
Perfect! Opening modifier modifying technique correctly. Usage of which is correct. What does 'it' refer to? it refers unambiguously to substance. Hold on this choice.

(B) Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission
The opening modifier is modifying having the ability, which is NON SENSICAL. This choice is having misplaced modifiers therefore, incorrect.

Lets try displacing the modifier and make it correct,
Originally developed for detecting air pollutants, a technique called proton induced x-ray emission, having the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,
After displacement, still the usage of having is not correct. Having is used, when we have two actions in the past and having is used to convey the first action. Here, we are not having that scenario.

(C) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which can quickly analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance without destroying it,
The VERB-ed modifier should be placed close to the noun it is modifying. Here, called is placed too far away from the technique. Therefore, incorrect.

(D) A technique originally developed for detecting air pollutants, called proton-induced x-ray emission, which has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying it,
The VERB-ed modifier should be placed close to the noun it is modifying. Here, called is placed too far away from the technique. Therefore, incorrect.

(E) A technique that was originally developed for detecting air pollutants and has the ability to analyze the chemical elements in almost any substance quickly and without destroying the substance, called proton-induced x-ray emission,
Verb is missing for the main subject technique. Repeats similar errors as choice C and D. Here, the pronoun it is replaced with the substance to remove the ambiguity. But because of the previous errors this choice is incorrect.
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20 Oct 2017, 11:31
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Why is E not the answer

Because "Called proton induced x-ray emission" is not place after technique.

'proton induced x-ray emission' is altering the 'substance'(as it comes right after that in the sentence.. 'substance, called proton induced x-ray emission'
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07 Dec 2017, 16:51
Heavy practices and POE can help test takers to choose a correct answer which is E in this question.
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09 Jan 2018, 01:11
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Heavy practices and POE can help test takers to choose a correct answer which is E in this question.

A is the answer , refer to my explanation.
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09 Jan 2018, 02:34
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chesstitans wrote:
Heavy practices and POE can help test takers to choose a correct answer which is E in this question.

A is the answer , refer to my explanation.

right, I was absent-minded b/c I was looking at the page of this topic. Since we are now on the 5th page, I think of E.
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