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# SC - Electric pumps

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By installing special electric pumps, farmersâ€™ houses could be heated by the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk, according to one agricultural engineer.

(A) farmersâ€™ houses could be heated by the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk, according to one agricultural engineer
(B) the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk could be used by farmers to heat their houses, according to one agricultural engineer
(C) one agricultural engineer reports that farmers could use the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk to heat their houses
(D) farmers, according to one agricultural engineer, could use the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk to heat their houses
(E) one agricultural engineer reports that farmersâ€™ houses could be heated by the warmth from cowsâ€™ milk
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11 Nov 2005, 07:43
I will go with D. The farmers will install the electric pumps.
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11 Nov 2005, 07:47
think that B) correctly relates the pumps with the warmth from the milk
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11 Nov 2005, 08:07
it is a classic dangling modifier problem.

now let's see who is installing, it is obviously the farmer.

A suggest a farmar's house is installing..... so it is out
B suggests warmth of cow's milk is installing..... so it is out
C. suggests one agriculture engineer reports but he is not installing it.... hence it is out.
D bingo....is the correct use of modifier.
E. has same problem as C

so there we go... D is the right choice.
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11 Nov 2005, 13:37
nakib77 wrote:
it is a classic dangling modifier problem.

now let's see who is installing, it is obviously the farmer.

A suggest a farmar's house is installing..... so it is out
B suggests warmth of cow's milk is installing..... so it is out
C. suggests one agriculture engineer reports but he is not installing it.... hence it is out.
D bingo....is the correct use of modifier.
E. has same problem as C

so there we go... D is the right choice.

I understood the passage in another way. It is not relevant who installed them, but what the purpose will be when installing. I choose B.
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15 Nov 2005, 04:03
D.
Only farmers can install Pumps.
15 Nov 2005, 04:03
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