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The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high

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New post 06 Jan 2015, 17:56
Hi Target730 ,

I am still not able to understand the meaning of A ? 'How did the frog intend to be serve enough to be listed as enadangered ?

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I was slightly confused and i asked this question in another forum. here is the response that i got. How does this sound to you?

A ) The construction in A is quite awkward. Even then if we tend to extract meaning out of it, then it says - the DECLINE has become severe enough for United States F&W S. This decline can be severe(or of any other degree) in itself. But it is illogical to say that it has become severe enough for US F&W S. Apart from this 'severe enough' is a wrong construction.
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could well list sounds awkward
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josepiusn, it's very dangerous to pull out a few words from a sentence and say that they sound awkward. While this can occasionally help us to find portions with errors, if we can't name an actual error, we should defer judgment and try to find another way to eliminate.

In this case, "could well list" is just fine. "Could well" is just a modifier saying that something very well may happen. In this case, what very well may happen? The service may list the frog as endangered. Here are a few uses of this idiom:

This book is so exciting that it could well become a best-seller.
The criminals were nervous, figuring that the new recruit could well turn out to be an undercover officer.
Another Supreme Court justice could well retire before the next president takes office.
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The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada has become severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it as an endangered species in the near future.

(A) severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it
(B) severe enough so that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list them
(C) severe enough for it quite possibly to be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
(D) so severe that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service could well list it
(E) so severe that they could well be listed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service


this is official question, so we should study it carefully.

i think we can see the pattern in choice A in formal english in newspaper. but the fact that A is wrong suggest that this pattern in choice A is not acceptable in gmat land. we have to take patern in choice D instead.

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The decline of the mountain yellow-legged frog in the high reaches of the Sierra Nevada has become severe enough for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service quite possibly to list it as an endangered species in the near future.

'Severe' is an adjective, and 'enough' ( meaning sufficient) is also an adjective; While 'severe' modifies the noun 'decline,' 'enough' modifies 'severe.' An adjective modifying another adjective is technically incorrect. Second, in A, the decline seems to be severing for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and not in general.
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