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# The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms

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The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms [#permalink]

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The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms three
summers ago, has proven ineffective because other pesticides'
chemical compositions already in wide use
neutralizing its
desired effect.

(A) because other pesticides' chemical compositions already
in wide use
(B) because of the chemical compositions of the pesticides
(C) due to other pesticides already in wide use, whose
chemical compositions have been
(D) since, due to the chemical compositions of other pesti-
cides already in use, those pesticides have been
(E) because of other pesticides and their chemical compo-
sitions already in use, which have been

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05 Mar 2004, 18:55
I would go with E on this one...tough choice between b and e ....i think b has a continuity problem...but it is concise though.........
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05 Mar 2004, 20:26
I vaguely recall seeing this problem in the past. Definitely can't remember what the answer was and my pick now would be C
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05 Mar 2004, 21:55
I go with C on this one.

The pesticide Azocide, introduced to central valley farms three
summers ago, has proven ineffective due to other pesticides already in wide use, whose chemical compositions have been neutralizing its
desired effect.
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06 Mar 2004, 10:37
I vouch for "B", rationale goes like this:

For "c", whose seems ambiguous pronoun reference in the same ways, "E" also has "which"

Whereas, "B" is concise having clear pronoun reference and clearly saying "chemical compositions of other pesticides are in wide use "

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06 Mar 2004, 11:24
The correct answer to this question is (C).

The original sentence (A) is faulty in two respects. First, it improperly uses "because" instead of "because of." Second, the construction leaves it unclear as to whether the modifying phrase "already in wide use" refers to "other pesticides" or to "chemical compositions."

(B) misuses the phrase "because of." The author should follow this prepositional phrase with a modifying clause by inserting a comma followed by "which" after "in wide use" ("in wide use, which").

(C) corrects the misuse of "because" by replacing it with "due to."

(D) is redundant in its use of both "since" and "due to." This redundancy results, in turn, in an awkward construction.

(E) misplaces the adverbial clause "already in use," which is intended to refer not to "chemical compositions" but rather to "other pesticides."

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06 Mar 2004, 11:36
Awesome vivek
Thanks indeed pal !
I should really acknowledge your such a meticulous reply for "B". Chemical compositions of the pesticides is a noun phrase requires comma and relative pronoun like "which" followed to it.

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06 Mar 2004, 15:16
vivek_dj wrote:
The correct answer to this question is (C).

(C) corrects the misuse of "because" by replacing it with "due to."

Vivek.

OG clearly says "due to" is synonymous with "attributable to".
06 Mar 2004, 15:16
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