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The population of India has been steadily increasing for decades, and it will probably have what is estimated as 1.6 billion people by 2050 and surpass China as the world’s most populous nation.

A. it will probably have what is estimated as
B. they are likely to have
C. the country will probably have
D. there will probably be
E. there will be an estimated
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I pick C. "they", "it" and "there" seem ambiguous.

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New post 29 Dec 2004, 17:44
answer choice C here as well. A is so wrong it's not even funny ;]

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New post 29 Dec 2004, 21:51
Agree with C
Proper usage of conjunction "and" along with verb tense is what is tested here.

When you are combining sentences after you use a conjunction you need a pronoun that correctly refer to the anticedent which in our case happens to be the subject. Only choice C satisfies all these conditions.
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New post 07 Nov 2005, 18:42
The answer is def C. I saw this EXACT question in the GMAT prep software.

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New post 09 Nov 2005, 12:27
vc019 wrote:
I think it will be E.
What is the OA?


E can not be.

"and there will be an estimated...... and surpass China....." It is not parallel

It must be C

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New post 09 Nov 2005, 14:31
C is the best.

D & E out as sentence starting with there are not prefered in GMAT.
A Estimated as is not the correct idiom
B they ---pronoun mismatch

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New post 10 Nov 2005, 12:06
we are not comparing with population of india.

they is ambigous in B.
inA. It is refering to population of india, which can not have 1.6million population

In D and E there is ambigous.

So C is the only right choice.
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New post 11 Nov 2005, 06:05
Strongly support for C.

"The country" is necessary due to the appearance of the phrase "the world’s most populous nation" at the end of the sentence

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The population of India has been steadily increasing for decades, and it will probably have what is estimated as 1.6 billion people by 2050 and surpass China as the world’s most populous nation.

A. it will probably have what is estimated as probably have and estimated ..either of them is redundant, estimated as is incorrect
B. they are likely to have they has no antecedent
C. the country will probably have correct...the country is used stylishly to ref to India
D. there will probably be there makes the sentence awkward
E. there will be an estimatesame as D
thats my 2 cents :)
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The population of India has been steadily increasing for decades, and it will probably have what is estimated as 1.6 billion people by 2050 and surpass China as the world’s most populous nation.

A. it will probably have what is estimated as
B. they are likely to have
C. the country will probably have
D. there will probably be
E. there will be an estimated


we need subject for "surpass" , so, E and D are gone because there is no such subject.
in B, "they" has no antecedent. gone.
gmat also test logic. in a choice if there is no grammatical mistake, we find logic mistake. logic mistake is so simple that we do not think gmat test this kind of error. but logic test is critical because we need to write logic sentence.
in A, "it" refer to " population". "population' can not have 1.6 bilion logically. we say " population is 1.6 bilion". A is gone.
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I think that the point is this: given that B,D,E are wrong for pronouns mistakes, A and C are grammatically correct in fact in A it refers without doubts to the population of India.

The population of India has been steadily increasing for decades, and it will probably have what is estimated as 1.6 billion people by 2050 and surpass China as the world™s most populous nation. the population of india is compared with china--> eliminate A

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The population of India has been steadily increasing for decades, and it will probably have what is estimated as 1.6 billion people by 2050 and surpass China as the world’s most populous nation.

A. it will probably have what is estimated as - is redundant (there's no reason to use both "probably" and "estimated"). additionally, "what is" doesn't make any sense.
B. they are likely to have - Pronoun they does not have plural antecedent here
C. the country will probably have - Correct
D. there will probably be - there is no actual indication that the 1.6 billion people will be in india. those choices just say "there will be", which is an idiomatic expression that doesn't indicate a place.
E. there will be an estimated - same as D

Answer C

takeaway: "there is/are" / "there was/were" / "there will be" / etc. DOES NOT INDICATE A PHYSICAL LOCATION. unlike most other uses of "there", in which "there" actually stands for some place, this "there" doesn't stand for anything.

if you want to use "there is" in reference to a particular location, you have to state the location, explicitly, elsewhere in the sentence.
ex: there are three cars in the driveway.
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