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# The continental United States receives an average of 30

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18 Mar 2007, 19:54
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The continental United States receives an average of 30 incles of precipitation a year; transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow of streams and rivers

A)transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow
B) even though transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the remainder of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
C) although transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the balance of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
D) with transpiration from soil and from plants to return approximately 21 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contributes to the flow
E) as transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contribute to the flow
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19 Mar 2007, 01:28
A is correct.
We need not draw a contrast between the two sources.
The right structure is " X adds 21%, while Y adds the rest 9%"
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19 Mar 2007, 13:56
A is a correct choice. I love the semicolumn!
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19 Mar 2007, 16:52
The continental United States receives an average of 30 incles of precipitation a year; transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow of streams and rivers

A)transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow--correct
B) even though transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the remainder of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
C) although transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the balance of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
D) with transpiration from soil and from plants to return approximately 21 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contributes to the flow
E) as transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contribute to the flow
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20 Mar 2007, 17:23
The continental United States receives an average of 30 incles of precipitation a year; transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow of streams and rivers

A)transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow
B) even though transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the remainder of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
C) although transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the balance of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
D) with transpiration from soil and from plants to return approximately 21 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contributes to the flow
E) as transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contribute to the flow
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16 Apr 2013, 02:11
A is correct. S-V agreement question.

The continental United States receives an average of 30 incles of precipitation a year; transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contriutes to the flow of streams and rivers

A)transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, while the balance of 9 inches contributes to the flow
CORRECT.

B) even though transpiration from soil and from plants returns approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the remainder of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
WRONG.

C) although transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the balance of 9 inches contribute to the flowing
WRONG.

D) with transpiration from soil and from plants to return approximately 21 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contributes to the flow
WRONG.

E) as transpiration from soil and from plants return approximately 21 of the 30 inches to the atmosphere, the rest of the 9 inches contribute to the flow[/quote]
WRONG.
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08 May 2013, 10:43
Balance of 9 inches - is it plural or singular ?
I am confused bcoz total amt was 30 inches, 21 inches transpired by plants and animals and remaining 9 inches contributed to rivers and streams.
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16 May 2013, 03:36
veenu08 wrote:
Balance of 9 inches - is it plural or singular ?
I am confused bcoz total amt was 30 inches, 21 inches transpired by plants and animals and remaining 9 inches contributed to rivers and streams.

Look at the whole term ...
Here the term is "Balance of 9 inches"
This is totality and is thus singular.
We are talking about the balance not the 9 inches.
I hope i am able to clear you doubt
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