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# Possible long-term consequences of the “greenhouse effect,” the

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28 Oct 2017, 11:44
In option A,B,C the term may is redundant since the term Possible is already used in the sentence.

We are left with Options D and E.

Option D consists of include melting the polar ice caps and sea levels that are rising which is wrong.

Option E is the correct answer choice.
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05 Nov 2017, 12:32
chetan2u mikemcgarry - Can you please help me eliminate A,B,C,D without the reason such as wordy,awkward and :May: does not go with possible.

I am not able to eliminate the options and do not want to rely on the edge of :May is not acceptable/or goes with possible:
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05 Nov 2017, 19:58
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chetan2u mikemcgarry - Can you please help me eliminate A,B,C,D without the reason such as wordy,awkward and :May: does not go with possible.

I am not able to eliminate the options and do not want to rely on the edge of :May is not acceptable/or goes with possible:

Hi...
I'll try to help you with the Q by giving other reasons for eliminating choices.

MEANING...
What does the underline portion talk of : some possible long term consequences.
What are the consequences : melting and rise.
Now look how these are used in different choices
C and D make polar ice caps and sea levels as the consequences by saying " sea levels that are rising"
A and B talk of melting the polar ice caps and rising sea level...
Now it just doesn't show the result but talks as if the action is being done physically by it..
E uses melting of .... and a rise in.... keeping the consequences to melting and rise..

If I write ..
Possible consequences of watching too much TV include a drop in performance ( and not dropping performance)
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03 Dec 2017, 15:36
Possible long-term consequences of the “greenhouse effect,” the gradual warming of the Earth’s climate, may include melting the polar ice caps and a rising sea level.

A. may include melting the polar ice caps and a rising sea level
B. may include the melting of polar ice caps and the rising sea level
C. may include polar ice caps that are melting and sea levels that are rising

D. include melting the polar ice caps and sea levels that are rising melting is a verb: we need a noun
E. include melting of the polar ice caps and a rise in sea level

A, B and C are incorrect. 'May' is redundant when we have 'possible.'

E is the only correct one. POE.
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Updated on: 09 May 2018, 08:05
Though I know that A, B and C should be out for redundancy ie Possible and may
But choice E is not parallel " melting of the polar ice caps and a rise in Sea level"
and according to me parallelism should be given more weightage, so B is a better answer?

Originally posted by kunalkhanna on 09 May 2018, 04:49.
Last edited by kunalkhanna on 09 May 2018, 08:05, edited 1 time in total.
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09 May 2018, 07:39
I agree with choice E.

But here I have one doubt with redundancy of possible and may. Is it always true with all auxiliary verbs such as could, may, might etc. that show possibility in sentence?
It might be possible that they had stuck up in traffic. Is it correct sentence? Answer to this will clear my doubt for life long.
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25 Jun 2018, 07:36
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Complex Gerund phrases (melting of ) are parallel to action nouns (a rise). True. A "the" would have made the sentence better framed but the best answer choice out of the five is E.

Hello. Can you please clear up a confusion I'm facing. My understanding is that gerunds are of two types: simple and complex. A complex gerund will always be preceded by an article, such as "a" or "the". The rules I have read state that complex gerunds can only be parallel to action nouns. In this question I have understood how "a rise in" is an action noun.

BUT

How is "melting of the polar..." a complex gerund. Should it not say "the melting of polar..." and so correctly become parallel to the action noun that follows.

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E. include melting of the polar ice caps and a rise in sea level
Pl do not mistake rise as an action verb; it is merely a linking verb. We say the sun rises in the east. However, who does the action of 'rising'? Does the sun exert itself to rise? Therefore, it is a natural phenomenon. On the contrary, if somebody raises something, it becomes an action verb. For example, we can say Gmatclub has raised the standard of GMAT performance by the candidates largely.

As you doubt, melting of the ice caps is not a complex gerund; it is just a simple gerund. However, the problem with melting is that it both an action verb and a linking verb. When we say that the melody of Asha's voice melts in the ears, it is a linking verb. When we say 'the factory melts metals into profiles' it is an action verb.

In the context, melting is the gerund of a linking verb and the 'rise; the noun of a linking verb is enough to go parallelly.
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