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# Simply because they are genetically engineered does not make

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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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20 Apr 2006, 01:26
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20 Apr 2006, 01:53
B is best. We need cause-effect structure and only A and B properly do that with "because". A is just wordy and clumsily written.
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20 Apr 2006, 04:33
I turn around the sentence and read it ... that leads me to D .

If we read the above as

according to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature simply being genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
become an invasive or persistent weed .

i think the above makes it very clear

in A , B,C & E "they" and "it" is not very clear if they are read in the above way, we get a very different meaning .
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20 Apr 2006, 08:19
I'll take "D" on this.
Only "B" & "D" stand out, I choose "D" over "B".
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20 Apr 2006, 16:32
^ B ^

D doesn't give the necessary emphasis on the reason.
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20 Apr 2006, 19:22
Well the OA is D and no OE for this.
Can we have some explaination from vivek or ipc302.
I also picked B thats why decided to get some opinions from you guys.
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20 Apr 2006, 21:41
I chose (D) over B because it conveys the exact same cause-effect relationship with fewer words.

Simply being overweight does not make Tom an unhealthy man.

vs.

Simply because he is overweight does not make Tom an unhealthy man.

OR

Simply being a native English speaker does not make me a good GMAT test taker.

vs.

Simply because I am a native English speaker does not make me a good GMAT test taker.
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20 Apr 2006, 23:38
OE is MATT Very well explained with examples

I think the temptation to strike off "D" is usage of "being", but usage of "being" in "D" is different from the usual one which is disliked in GMAT.

IMO, "D" is simple, concise & economic.
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20 Apr 2006, 23:50
I second Vivek's opinion about Matt's explaination.
Thanks for the explaination.
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21 Apr 2006, 04:38
vivek123 wrote:
OE is MATT Very well explained with examples

I think the temptation to strike off "D" is usage of "being", but usage of "being" in "D" is different from the usual one which is disliked in GMAT.

IMO, "D" is simple, concise & economic.

Absolutely. "Being" is a flag raiser in GMAT but it may depend on situations...Good question
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21 Apr 2006, 12:53
Good question and I fell for it I agree with the OA
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24 Apr 2006, 19:58
[quote="GMATT73"]I chose (D) over B because it conveys the exact same cause-effect relationship with fewer words.

[color=red]Simply being[/color] overweight does not make Tom an unhealthy man.

vs.

[color=red]Simply because he is[/color] overweight does not make Tom an unhealthy man.

OR

Simply being a native English speaker does not make me a good GMAT test taker.

vs.

Simply because I am a native English speaker does not make me a good GMAT test taker.[/quote]

OK guilty of neglecting options with 'being'.

But on revisiting B I have a problem with 'it' What is [b]it [/b]? Not clear . reject then you are forced to look at D

b) because it is genetically engineered does not make a plant any more likely to
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28 Apr 2006, 04:18
I will go with C
The sentence can be read as â€œ According to a decade-long study published in the journal Nature, simply being genetically engineered does not make it any more likely that plants will become an invasive or â€¦â€¦â€¦â€¦..
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28 Apr 2006, 04:19
Can you believe it I chose D and then changes my mind in the last minute.... even changed the sentence.
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16 Jul 2006, 06:49
This is actually a very good question. I had it in my GMATPrep test today. At first I was very temped to get rid of (C), (D) and (E) because of the word "being", but at the end picked the correct answer.

The lesson from this question is - Pearson Vue is very well aware of tricks mentioned in unofficial guidebooks such as Kaplan or PR. These books all teach you that "being" is everytime awkward and therefore wrong. You probably wouldn't find such a tricky question in the old ETS exam, but Pearson Vue won't let you score high that easily as you may think.
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16 Jul 2006, 09:49
A clause that starts with "because" should be a dependent clause. B should have been something like this:

becauee it is genetically engineered, the plant is ....

so i agree with the OA.
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16 Jul 2006, 11:15
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

Just wanted to throw in my little bit - Really nice question and MATT's explanation is perfect.

However a and b are not grammatically incorrect. It's a question of achieving a more succinct construction that D clearly provides.

In a for example, the 'they' clearly refers to plants and the 'it' usage is similar to the use of it in a sentence like - It is very sad... I have read this particular usage of 'it' being referred to as the 'empty - it' though I don't exactly recall the source of this knowledge.

In B too the 'it' is clearly pointing to plant.
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16 Jul 2006, 12:48
Yeah - Its D.

The answer has to be b/w B and D. Selected D coz B was pretty wordy... great explanation by Matt!
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19 Jul 2006, 15:50
Have to admit, I got it wrong as well.
Good explanation GMATT
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