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# The cheetah seems to be headed for extinction because,

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The cheetah seems to be headed for extinction because, resulting from intensive inbreeding generations ago, the species has so little genetic variation that it is extremely vulnerable to enviornmental change.

a) because, resulting from intensive inbreeding genrations ago,
b) because, as a result of intensive inbreeding genrations ago,
c) because they inbred intensively genrations ago so that
d) because there was intensive inbreeding generations ago and
e) as a result of their intensive inbreeding generations ago, and

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23 Mar 2012, 00:54
okay, i assume you have already struck off C,D and E.

The cheetah seems to be headed for extinction because,.........., the species has so little genetic variation that it is extremely vulnerable to enviornmental change

The missing part should give you an answer for 'why the species has so little genetic variation?'

A. The species has little genetic variation resulting from blah blah
B. The species has little gentic variation as a result of blah blah

Which one do you now think is correct? I hope you say B.
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23 Mar 2012, 03:37
Cant be C, D and E (was clear thanks to the "and" at the end),
B fits best
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21 Nov 2017, 21:01
Hello Experts, i am not able to convincingly elide the clauses here. Confused between option A and B (how do we identify the difference ) is their any meaning difference...

what is "resulting from/as a result of..intensive inbreeding generations ago"....referring to..

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In A, the comma + resulting is an adverbial phrase that modifies the cheetah heading for extinction. However, it is a wrong presentation. The 'resulting from intensive inbreeding' causes the little genetic variations and these lack of variations is ultimately turning the species go extinct. In other words, intensive inbreeding, then lack of variations and then finally the extinction ----is the order of evolution. On the contrary, A distorts the order.
However, the prepositional modifier 'as a result of' in B correctly signifies that the inbreeding leads first to the lack of variation.
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