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Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal

between A and D , I choose A for 'ability to deal' sounded better.

IMO A.
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Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal --> ability to sounds idiomatic. Besides, no grammatical or ambiguous modifier errors. Hence, the best

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing --> because of ... sounds ambiguous: what cause the diminish ?

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing -->capability ... in dealing sounds unidiomatic. I think it should be capability of

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal -->unidiomatic: capability ... to

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal -->same error as B's
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19 May 2009, 07:10
Yup, its between A & D.

A has the correct idiom : ability to, but I'm consfused between "an especially Vs a specially". So I chose D
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19 May 2009, 15:35
It can't be A,C, or D.

IT can refer to sulfur dioxide or aCid rain.

This leaves B and E.

Is it especially or specially?

Especially - something that is "common/more likely", vs specially - something that is "special" in nature.

I'd go with B, as it seems to fit better in the context of the sentence.
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20 May 2009, 05:36
What happend to the original poster and post? where did he go without posting the OA?
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20 May 2009, 06:22
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What happend to the original poster and post? where did he go without posting the OA?

I've noticed, most of his posts have been deleted. :s
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20 May 2009, 18:43
It can't be A,C, or D.

IT can refer to sulfur dioxide or aCid rain.

This leaves B and E.

Is it especially or specially?

Especially - something that is "common/more likely", vs specially - something that is "special" in nature.

I'd go with B, as it seems to fit better in the context of the sentence.

But does not the fact that Sulphur Dioxide is the clear subject make IT correspond to it? I would have gone with A too.

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Let me chip in

OA is A
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Is ability of same as capability of ?

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IMO A

Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal --> ability to sounds idiomatic. Besides, no grammatical or ambiguous modifier errors. Hence, the best

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing --> because of ... sounds ambiguous: what cause the diminish ?

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing -->capability ... in dealing sounds unidiomatic. I think it should be capability of

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal -->unidiomatic: capability ... to

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal -->same error as B's

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14 Jul 2010, 10:28
A for me.

"ability to deal" is correct

"capability in dealing" is unidiomatic.
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28 Jul 2010, 12:31
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A for me.

"ability to deal" is correct

"capability in dealing" is unidiomatic.

And whats wrong with D??
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IMO A.

I faced the same question when I was taking the paper based SETS..
"ability to" is preferred to "capability of" .. Hence only A and E remain..

Between these 2, A is the better choice
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22 Jul 2011, 11:38
i vote for D

dont anderstand why the D is incorrect.
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25 Jul 2011, 16:50
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gmatee wrote:
Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal

between A and D , I choose A for 'ability to deal' sounded better.

IMO A.

Can someone please explain why It has clear antecendent as "SO2". and why can not it refer to pollutants ?

This sentence is Incorrect .
INCORRECT :John encouraged Jerry to start a pest control business because he felt that the residents of the city would be willing to pay for the same.

Here He can refer to John or Jerry

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There are three possible antecedents of "it":

1) Sulphur dioxide

2) acid rain : the phrase containing acid rain is mentioned as a modifier(seperated by commas) - a classic middleman. It is not the subject of the sentence and if you remove it from the sentence, the sentence will still hold. Hence ruled out as antecedent.

3) pollutant: pollutant in the sentence is used as a category/type and not as a specific entity. It refers to a specific entity, hence pollutant can't be the antecedent.

So "it" indeed refers to Sulphur dioxide.

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INCORRECT :John encouraged Jerry to start a pest control business because he felt that the residents of the city would be willing to pay for the same.

Here the issue is the ambiguous answer to the question "Who felt that the residents ....?". Was it John or was it Jerry. Since the answer can be any of the two, usage of "he" is ambiguous here.

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Let me chip in

OA is A
Gmat prep question.

Is ability of same as capability of ?

Minheequang wrote:
IMO A

Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal --> ability to sounds idiomatic. Besides, no grammatical or ambiguous modifier errors. Hence, the best

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing --> because of ... sounds ambiguous: what cause the diminish ?

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing -->capability ... in dealing sounds unidiomatic. I think it should be capability of

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal -->unidiomatic: capability ... to

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal -->same error as B's

Is ability of same as capability of ? ...... both are incorrect
ability to
capability to
capable of
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ugimba wrote:
gmatee wrote:
Sulfur dioxide, a major contributor to acid rain, is an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal with all other pollutants.

(A) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the respiratory system’s ability to deal

(B) an especially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s capability of dealing

(C) an especially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system in dealing

(D) a specially serious pollutant because it diminishes the capability of the respiratory system to deal

(E) a specially serious pollutant because of diminishing the respiratory system’s ability to deal

between A and D , I choose A for 'ability to deal' sounded better.

IMO A.

Can someone please explain why It has clear antecendent as "SO2". and why can not it refer to pollutants ?

This sentence is Incorrect .
INCORRECT :John encouraged Jerry to start a pest control business because he felt that the residents of the city would be willing to pay for the same.

Here He can refer to John or Jerry

prep is not an absolute rule, i mean if no better option is available then i can be considered correct
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