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# The sentence: For decades, Surgeon Generals have warned that

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17 Sep 2011, 06:40
The sentence: For decades, Surgeon Generals have warned that smoking increases the risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer and emphysema, and [can complicate pregnancy, and increases the risk of low birth weight.]

I chose [can complicate pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight]

The right answer according to Kaplan is: [can complicate pregnancy by increasing the risks of low birth weight].
They say "increases the risk of low birth weight should be subordinate to the previous, can complicate pregnancy."

This doesn't make sense to me. "low birth weight" would be product of a complicated pregnancy. "Birth" is after the pregnancy, so it doesn't make sense to say increasing the risk of a low birth weight yields a complicated pregnancy, but you can say a complicated pregnancy can yield a low birth weight. Little help please, because I'm about to burn this stupid Kaplan book!
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17 Sep 2011, 06:53
stringworm wrote:
The sentence: For decades, Surgeon Generals have warned that smoking increases the risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer and emphysema, and [can complicate pregnancy, and increases the risk of low birth weight.]

I chose [can complicate pregnancy, increasing the risk of low birth weight]

The right answer according to Kaplan is: [can complicate pregnancy by increasing the risks of low birth weight].
They say "increases the risk of low birth weight should be subordinate to the previous, can complicate pregnancy."

This doesn't make sense to me. "low birth weight" would be product of a complicated pregnancy. "Birth" is after the pregnancy, so it doesn't make sense to say increasing the risk of a low birth weight yields a complicated pregnancy, but you can say a complicated pregnancy can yield a low birth weight. Little help please, because I'm about to burn this stupid Kaplan book!

Why do you not reproduce the question as it is and then start the discussion. That really helps.
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17 Sep 2011, 07:48
I don't understand, that's exactly what I did:

For decades, Surgeon Generals have warned that smoking increases the risk of lung diseases, including lung cancer and emphysema, and can complicate pregnancy, and increases the risk of low birth weight.
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07 Nov 2011, 12:38
I think there is a guide explaining how to replicate an entire question, including answer options, onto the boards.
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09 Nov 2011, 19:15
Why, so people can pick apart the answer choices...eliminating obvious ones, yet never answering my question? "Yes, that's the point." Ok, how do I go about getting answers to pointed questions?
Re: The sentence: For decades, Surgeon Generals have warned that   [#permalink] 09 Nov 2011, 19:15
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