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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
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(A) - it refers to pollutant (which is sulfur dioxide).
- 'to deal' is the correct idiom ??
(B) - of dealing isn't right
- 'because of diminishing doesn't seem correct'
(C) - i think deal requires 'to' preceding it
(D) and (E) out. Special appears to suggest one of a kind.

I'll go with A

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ywilfred wrote:
(A) - it refers to pollutant (which is sulfur dioxide).
- 'to deal' is the correct idiom ??
(B) - of dealing isn't right
- 'because of diminishing doesn't seem correct'
(C) - i think deal requires 'to' preceding it
(D) and (E) out. Special appears to suggest one of a kind.

I'll go with A


I am not able to get 'Special appears to suggest one of a kind' ? Can you plz elaborate?
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i am devided b/w A and D becasue i am confused with capability and ability. After all, i choose A.

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I got this off merriam-webster:

Specially:
a : for a special purpose <dresses made specially for the occasion> <wines specially selected to match each course> b : in particular : SPECIFICALLY <made specially for you>
3 : ESPECIALLY 2 <makes a specially fine curry> <was specially pleased with the gift>

Especially:
2 a : in particular : PARTICULARLY <food seems cheaper, especially meats> b : for a particular purpose <built especially for research>
3 -- used as an intensive <an especially good essay> <nothing especially radical in the remarks>

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agree with ywilfred (difficult to type :lol: ).

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thanks ywilfred. They look pretty similar though!!
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D and E are out b/c specially makes one of the categories of sulphuric acid important, whereas especially gives the reason why it has a major contribution to acid rain. A,B,C are somewhat all correct, or i dont know the reason to eliminate.but i stay with the KISS - Keep It Simple and Sweet - strategy and select A as the best choice.

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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

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What is the difference between CAPABILITY and ABILITY?

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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

What is the difference between CAPABILITY and ABILITY?


In my opinion, the difference is very little. Here are the definitions I looked up:

a·bil·i·ty Audio Help /əˈbɪlɪti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[uh-bil-i-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ties. 1. power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially, etc.
2. competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well.
3. abilities, talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities.


ca·pa·bil·i·ty Audio Help /ˌkeɪpəˈbɪlɪti/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[key-puh-bil-i-tee] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation
–noun, plural -ties. 1. the quality of being capable; capacity; ability: His capability was unquestionable.
2. the ability to undergo or be affected by a given treatment or action: the capability of glass in resisting heat.
3. Usually, capabilities. qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.

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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

What is the difference between CAPABILITY and ABILITY?


I will pick D here.

Capability Vs ability (Source: internet)
Whenever possible, try to make your choice of words precise. Use ability for a skill or an aptitude (especially when referring to people):

Because of his speaking ability, he received many invitations to give keynote addresses at the society's conferences.

Use capability to describe a wider range of functions or an untested skill or function:

The capabilities of this new frequency band make it attractive for several applications.
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Sorry! D is NOT correct.



oh!! Does "it" has no clear referent here? it can refer to "Sulfer dioxide" or "pollutant"

Is answer E?

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Tough I am not sure "capability-ability" issue.
But I don't agree that "it" has not clear referrant! ( rep : x2suresh ).
"it" clearly refers to SO2.

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I found this on the web----

capability often refers to one's maximum ability, to one's limits of capacity for doing/accomplishing something;

on the other hand, ability is more applicable to the generic, non-quantifiable quality of being able to do something/capable of doing something

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lexis 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

What is the difference between CAPABILITY and ABILITY?


Guys, don't you think that it's the choice between especially/specially rather than ability/capability? Specially is used for a particular purpose. Especially is used for emphasis. So here, I believe A is the right choice.

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A for me...

it has to be to deal with..

thus B & C are out.

amongst A,D,E -> "a specially serious pollutant" sounds awkward

thus A for me
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Guys, don't you think that it's the choice between especially/specially rather than ability/capability? Specially is used for a particular purpose. Especially is used for emphasis. So here, I believe A is the right choice.


I agree. I also don't think it is about CAPABILITY and ABILITY.
First I eliminated specially because it does not fit here.

Then

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


Highlighted fragments of B and C both sounded awkward and wordy.
So I picked 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

(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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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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