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# Simply because they are genetically engineered

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Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.

A. because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
C. being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
E. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become
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Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.

A. because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
C. being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
E. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

Format of the sentence - Independent clause, dependent clause

A - they, it , plants -- awkward
B - sounds OK
C - pronoun issue - it and plants
D - sounds OK
E - wordy and awkward

On exam day I would have picked up B.
But I remember reading that GMAT folks generally doesnt like to use pronoun first for the subject of the sentence before introducing the actual noun. This is the case in B.

I think the answer here is D.
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21 Mar 2010, 21:07
calvinhobbes wrote:
Thank you.

Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.

A. because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
C. being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
E. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

A. passive form and I don't think likely for is the correct idiom
B.
C. written in passive form
D.
E. likely that not a correct idiom

It's hard to choose between B and D because B starts with a pronoun and D uses "being". I'll go with D though.
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21 Mar 2010, 23:34
Here I think usage of being is not that required.
Hence I narrowed down between A & B.
B is concise and clearer than A and hence I like to go for B
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22 Mar 2010, 09:35
Thanks for the clear explanation. I chose B but the the OA is D.

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Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.

A. because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
C. being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
E. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

Format of the sentence - Independent clause, dependent clause

A - they, it , plants -- awkward
B - sounds OK
C - pronoun issue - it and plants
D - sounds OK
E - wordy and awkward

On exam day I would have picked up B.
But I remember reading that GMAT folks generally doesnt like to use pronoun first for the subject of the sentence before introducing the actual noun. This is the case in B.

I think the answer here is D.
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Thank you.

Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to become an invasive or persistent weed, according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature.

A. because they are genetically engineered does not make it any more likely for plants to
B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
C. being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
E. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely that it will become

IMO 'D'

The usage of 'being' is perfectly fine here. Being is usually redundant in the following cases:

being + noun
being+ verb

'being' + adverb is the correct usage.
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23 Mar 2010, 05:59
IMO it is B
If using "being genetically engineered" modifing phrase should be followed by the noun and not another phrase "does not make a plant".
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24 Mar 2010, 08:23
Why we chose (D) over (B).

option (B) looks correct too. Can someone please explain what is wrong with option (B).
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24 Mar 2010, 11:52

B. because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
D. being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to

D makes a better choice because in B, the pronoun is used first(before the actual noun).

the use of being is not wrong, but it is usually not preferred. In this case, choice D is a better than choice B.
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Let’s dissect the sentence. --Does not make-- is the verb of the clause and we need a subject for the verb. What can act as a subject here? --Because it is genetically engineered-- is already a subordinate clause, waiting for a main clause to fall back on. Hence, it cannot act as the subject. Therefore, B is out. What we need is a noun, a noun phrase or a gerund. That is the reason, choice D with - being genetically engineered- , which is indeed a gerund fits the bill appropriately.

It may be noted that being as part of a subject is an accepted use in GMAT as with the use of being as a part of a passive voice verb.
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