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# Since the 1940's the farms and ranches of the great plains

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Since the 1940's the farms and ranches of the great plains have been supplied with water from the Ogallala aquifer; this undergrond reservoir contained an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, which equal Lake Huron, but now reserves are becoming depleted

(A) Which equal Lake Huron
(B) Which equal Lake Huron's
(C) equal to Lake Huron's
(D) the equivalent of Lake Huron's
(E) the equivalent of Lake Huron
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16 Apr 2005, 08:44
"B"....it is talking abt water quantities being equal in the reservoir and that in Lake Haron. Possesive use of Lake Haron's does the correct comparison.
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16 Apr 2005, 09:20
will choose D

equivalent = equal in volume or amount
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16 Apr 2005, 15:39
jpv wrote:
(D) for me.

equal is bit strong.

doesn't the following sound awkward ?

an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, the equivalent of Lake Huron's , but now reserves are becoming depleted
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16 Apr 2005, 15:52
I will go with 'B'
The reason I chose 'B' over 'D' is that 'which' is used to give some extra information that is non-essential to the sentence - it can be removed from the sentence.
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16 Apr 2005, 16:38
I will go with 'B'
The reason I chose 'B' over 'D' is that 'which' is used to give some extra information that is non-essential to the sentence - it can be removed from the sentence.

Hmm... I rejected (B) over (D) because of "which".

..this undergrond reservoir contained an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, which equal Lake Huron's , but now reserves are becoming depleted..

Portion in paranthesis says: (quadrillion gallons of water) equal Lake Huror's.

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16 Apr 2005, 16:40
banerjeea_98 wrote:
jpv wrote:
(D) for me.

equal is bit strong.

doesn't the following sound awkward ?

an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, the equivalent of Lake Huron's , but now reserves are becoming depleted

In my opinion, choice (B) is also equally awkward.

Frankly, I did not like any of the choices. First question which popped in my mind was "Huron's WHAT??". I did not get my answer. What do u think?
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16 Apr 2005, 17:51
In B, which refers to water or gallons of water? i think which refer to water, if so verb equal doesnot agree with the subject.

should be D.
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16 Apr 2005, 20:10
jpv wrote:
I will go with 'B'
The reason I chose 'B' over 'D' is that 'which' is used to give some extra information that is non-essential to the sentence - it can be removed from the sentence.

Hmm... I rejected (B) over (D) because of "which".

..this undergrond reservoir contained an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, which equal Lake Huron's , but now reserves are becoming depleted..

Portion in paranthesis says: (quadrillion gallons of water) equal Lake Huror's.

Yes, I think 'D' makes sense, because the 'equal' in 'B' makes it look like Lake Huron has exactly quadrillion gallons of water, so to bring out the intended comparison 'equivalent' will be better.
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16 Apr 2005, 20:36
jpv wrote:
I will go with 'B'
The reason I chose 'B' over 'D' is that 'which' is used to give some extra information that is non-essential to the sentence - it can be removed from the sentence.

Hmm... I rejected (B) over (D) because of "which".

..this undergrond reservoir contained an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, which equal Lake Huron's , but now reserves are becoming depleted..

Portion in paranthesis says: (quadrillion gallons of water) equal Lake Huror's.

Yes, I think 'D' makes sense, because the 'equal' in 'B' makes it look like Lake Huron has exactly quadrillion gallons of water, so to bring out the intended comparison 'equivalent' will be better.

Thought D wins in this situation.

Equivalent means it may not be the same but close to ie., an approximation where as equal is exact.

I didnt find the definitions in any book but its only my opinion
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18 Apr 2005, 06:12
B)...

i think "equivalent of" in D) changes the intended meaning
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18 Apr 2005, 20:30
(A) Which equal Lake Huron
- wrong. compares quantity to a lake (thing)

(B) Which equal Lake Huron's
- 'which' should not be used since we're comparing, and not modifying the gallons of water

(C) equal to Lake Huron's

(D) the equivalent of Lake Huron's

(E) the equivalent of Lake Huron
- wrong. compares quantity to a lake (thing)

Between C and D, it's equal to vs. equivalent of, I'll go with the latter. Equal to. seems very strong.

What's the OA for this question ?
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19 Apr 2005, 01:19
mbassmbass04 wrote:
Since the 1940's the farms and ranches of the great plains have been supplied with water from the Ogallala aquifer; this undergrond reservoir contained an estimated quadrillion gallons of water, which equal Lake Huron, but now reserves are becoming depleted

(A) Which equal Lake Huron
(B) Which equal Lake Huron's
(C) equal to Lake Huron's
(D) the equivalent of Lake Huron's
(E) the equivalent of Lake Huron

I lean to D.

We are comparing the amount of water rather than comparing two reservoirs.
So, B seems not illogical.

D) ......,the equivalent of Lake Huron's (water)
it compares the amount of two reservoirs.
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19 Apr 2005, 07:43
Paul Help ! ...equal / equivalent ?
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20 Apr 2005, 08:36
What is wrong with C?
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20 Apr 2005, 09:57
looks like C. "which" in A and B refers to none immediately before it, "water" in this case.
equal or equivelant should refer to amount of water. D and E are wordy.

what say? OA pls!!...
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20 Apr 2005, 10:30
I would go with D here....

if we get rid of the underlined portion, then the sentence is complete and does not need any modification. however since we have the underlined statement, it should be as transparent as possible...D does that. D is a totally independent clause...while B is dependent clause!
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20 Apr 2005, 10:48
fresinha12 wrote:
I would go with D here....

if we get rid of the underlined portion, then the sentence is complete and does not need any modification. however since we have the underlined statement, it should be as transparent as possible...D does that. D is a totally independent clause...while B is dependent clause!

how is "D" an independent clause......is "the equivalent of Lake Haron's" an IC ?....can it stand alone as a sentence ? Where is the verb ? Plz corect me if I am wrong.
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