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New post 23 Aug 2015, 10:23
I have a doubt in choice C . Isn't C a fragment , because there is no verb for "spell" .

Pakistan have been caused by an incessant spell of rains, a spell that weather scientists forecast to continue into late next month and that they consider

spell that weather scientists forecast to continue into late next month --- here " weather scientists forecast to continue into late next month " --- a clause inside "that" clause .If I ignore this clause , there is no verb for spell .

spell that weather scientists forecast to continue into late next month

Same case in 2nd part .

spell that They consider the worst .

Am I missing something ? .

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Hi A,B,D are out due to consider as c is right
Consider comes without as

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Why is E wrong, is it only because of the passive voice? Is this a valid error?

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(E)Pakistan have been caused by an incessant spell of rains, a spell that is forecast to continue by weather scientists into late next month and that is considered

E’s problem is an illogical change in word order.

that is forecast to continue by weather scientists --- by weather scientists after to continue is wrong word order. It implies the continuance is done is by the weather scientists.

The correct word order should be: that is forecast by weather scientists to continue -- here it is clear, that the weather scientist are only forecasting that the spell will continue
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A spell that weather scientists forecast to continue into late next month and that they consider


These are relative clause modifiers of the noun ‘spell’. The relative clauses have their own verbs in the form of forecast and consider
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Can someone explain why have been is used instead of were...

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When one predicts something to continue into future, it has to be going on at the moment;
We cannot use the term 'continue' for something that is already ended. Hence a present perfect ‘have been’.
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I understand that passive voice is preferred in GMAT, however, is there any other problem with E apart from the apparent passive voice?

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(E)Pakistan have been caused by an incessant spell of rains, a spell that is forecast to continue by weather scientists into late next month and that is considered

Passive in this case sounds as if scientists will continue the incessant spell of rains, which of course is illogical.

Clearly C. "Consider X Y" is really tested very often and you need to remember this one!

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