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# The axis of Earth s daily rotation is tilted with respect to

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29 Sep 2017, 15:41
sumanainampudi wrote:
the options B says "If Earth???s Moon were to leave Earth???s orbit", How can we assume that the Earth's moon is the large nearby moon ?? It could be any small moon right ?? Please explain !!!

The passage references "Earth’s large, nearby Moon." Sure, technically speaking, it is possible that the Earth has several smaller moons and the passage is only referring, in this case, to the "large, nearby" moon. But notice that a capital "M" is used in "Earth's Moon", and a lowercase "M" is used to refer to the "small moons" of Mars. A proper noun is used to refer to the Earth's Moon because we are referring to a specific astronomical body with a name (the Moon).

This same specific astronomical body is referenced again in choice (B). If the Earth had several smaller moons and the author wanted choice (B) to include any of those moons, it would have been: "If any of the Earth’s moon's (lowercase "m") were to leave Earth’s orbit, Earth’s climate would be unable to support life." More importantly, the other options can be eliminated using process of elimination.

Also, even though you shouldn't let reality get in the way of your GMAT, the GMAT won't ask you to swallow facts that contradict common knowledge... so don't lose too much sleep over the Earth's "smaller moons", unless you know something about astronomy that I don't!
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