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# Scientists calculated that the asteroid, traveling at 46,000

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24 Mar 2011, 02:58
Simple present tense is used to describe the global facts. B is wrong because of the usage of continuous -ing. E is wrong since second "that" does not have clear antecedent. Other choices are wrong since they don't have a verb. There is no answer.

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24 Mar 2011, 03:22
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(A) hour, is on an elliptical path ‘that orbits the Sun once a year and regularly brings it’….. Wrong logic. It is not the elliptical path that is orbiting the sun but the asteroid which orbits and the placement of the relative pronoun ‘that’ is wrong

(B) hour, is orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path that regularly brings it ……..’orbiting’ refers to the asteroid: correct choice

(C) hour, once a year orbits the Sun, regularly bringing it on an elliptical path …. Ambiguous pronoun reference of ‘it’- can also refer to the sun implying that the orbit brings the sun in to an elliptical path,
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(D) Hour and orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path, regularly bringing it ------ The subordinate clause is a fragment

(E) Hour, orbits the Sun on an elliptical path once a year and that regularly brings it …. ‘And that' in the second part of the sentence turns it into a subordinate clause connected by a co-coordinator, making the clause ungrammatical.
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24 Mar 2011, 03:33
daagh,
according to B 'it ' refers to asteroid?
so is toward earth correct then? im confused.

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(A) hour, is on an elliptical path ‘that orbits the Sun once a year and regularly brings it’….. Wrong logic. It is not the elliptical path that is orbiting the sun but the asteroid which orbits and the placement of the relative pronoun ‘that’ is wrong

(B) hour, is orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path that regularly brings it ……..’orbiting’ refers to the asteroid: correct choice

(C) hour, once a year orbits the Sun, regularly bringing it on an elliptical path …. Ambiguous pronoun reference of ‘it’- can also refer to the sun implying that the orbit brings the sun in to an elliptical path,
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(D) Hour and orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path, regularly bringing it ------ The subordinate clause is a fragment

(E) Hour, orbits the Sun on an elliptical path once a year and that regularly brings it …. ‘And that' in the second part of the sentence turns it into a subordinate clause connected by a co-coordinator, making the clause ungrammatical.

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24 Mar 2011, 03:39
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How B is correct. b means the asteroid is orbiting in this very moment when it's frequency is annual. That is not the intent.

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24 Mar 2011, 04:47
Rohu; it is the elliptical path that brings the asteroid toward the earth and not the asteroid by itself; what is the problem in this reasoning?
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24 Mar 2011, 04:58
daagh,
i was confused if it shud be towards there.
gogoled a bit and found out both are correct. towards is used in british english, toward in american english.
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29 Mar 2011, 12:27
Isn't "it" in option C a poor pronoun (refers both to "asteroid" and "Sun")???
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21 Jun 2011, 02:44
In option B , "it" refers to Sun , which makes no sense.

In option E , "it refers " to the asteroid ;hence, the answer shd be E
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21 Jun 2011, 03:15
621. Scientists calculated that the asteroid, traveling at 46,000 miles an hour, is on an elliptical path that orbits the Sun once a year and regularly brings it back toward Earth.
(A) hour, is on an [highlight]elliptical path that orbits the Sun[/highlight] once a year and regularly brings it.incorrect: since that refers to elliptical path and it seems as if the elliptical path is orbiting the sun
(B) hour, is orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path that regularly brings itcorrect: the elliptical path brings the asteroid back toward earth..makes sense
(C) hour, once a year orbits the Sun, [highlight]regularly bringing it[/highlight] on an elliptical path incorrect: who is bringing what? This sentence absurdly says that asteroid is bringing itself on elliptical path
(D) hour and orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path, regularly bringing it incorrect:Fragment: No main verb. All phrases are modifiers.
(E) hour, orbits the Sun on an elliptical path once a year and [highlight]that[/highlight] regularly brings it.incorrect:ambiguous..does that refer to the orbiting activity or the elliptical path?
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21 Jun 2011, 19:39
I would go with B.

Sometimes in order to pick the correct answer choice we need to try to understand what the statement is trying to convey.

In this case, the scientists have calculated that this particular asteroid is traveling at 46,000 mph and in a elliptical orbit around the sun. The elliptical nature of the orbit in which the asteroid is traveling is bringing the asteroid back towards the Earth

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07 Jul 2011, 03:52
Clearly B.

In choice E -- the usage of "that" is not parallel -- The meaning of the sentence is not very clear. What exactly is "that" referring to? Is it the asteroid? -- Of course it's not the asteroid that brings the *asteroid* closer to earth -- its the elliptical path.
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04 Aug 2016, 22:16
A tough question. I guess sometimes in SC questions, you have to go by the way a sentence 'sounds'.

Option A can be ruled out because 'that' modifies the noun before it and path cannot orbit the sun.
Option E can be ruled out because 'that' has no proper antecedent.
Option C sounds awkward and there is no proper antecedent for 'it'.
Option D seems to be a run-on sentence, 'regularly bringing' seems to be establishing an unnecessary parallelism.
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21 Aug 2018, 02:10
(A) hour, is on an elliptical path that orbits the Sun once a year and regularly brings it ->it does not make sense that asteroid brings itself back
(B) hour, is orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path that regularly brings it -> B seems ok because the path brings the asteroid back, but I don't like the verb tense here. Present simple should be better because it states the fact.
(C) hour, once a year orbits the Sun, regularly bringing it on an elliptical path -> same issue as A
(D) hour and orbiting the Sun once a year on an elliptical path, regularly bringing it -> parallelism issue
(E) hour, orbits the Sun on an elliptical path once a year and that regularly brings it -> scientists calculated that regularly brings?

Hence B must be the answer.
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