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# The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but

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14. The spraying of pesticides can be carefully planned, but accidents, weather conditions that could not be foreseen and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had anticipated.

(A) weather conditions that could not be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had
(B) weather conditions that cannot be foreseen, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(C) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors are the cause of much larger deposits of spray than they had
(D) weather conditions that are not foreseeable, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than
(E) unforeseeable weather conditions, and pilot errors often cause much larger deposits of spray than they had

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08 Feb 2005, 08:58
B) !

eliminate A) + C) + D), because "they" is ambiguous. b/w D) and B), i choose B) because "foreseen" is the right expression, is it ?
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08 Feb 2005, 09:01

the "they" in the other choices is wrong because its not the subject here.

Difference between B and D is that is the "are" and "can" since the beginning of the sentence starts with "can" so it must follow.
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08 Feb 2005, 09:20
I agree to eliminate A C E for "they", and to choose bt B and D. I choose B too, but do not have a strong reason.
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08 Feb 2005, 09:28

between B and D, I feel D sounds awkard. Could any SC expert point out why B is better than D?
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08 Feb 2005, 09:49
am not an expert, but as I said

spraying of pest. CAN BE

wheather conditions that CANT BE

so they're both events that CAN happen and not that ARE happening. Its a parallel issue here
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08 Feb 2005, 10:08
tareks wrote:
am not an expert, but as I said

spraying of pest. CAN BE

wheather conditions that CANT BE

so they're both events that CAN happen and not that ARE happening. Its a parallel issue here

Taretks, I agree it's a parallel issue but I don't think D is using "are happening",

in D, the structure is Subject + Bverb + adj.
in B, the structure is Subject + Verb (passive)

still not very clear why B is better than D
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08 Feb 2005, 10:41
Weather condition is not to be paralleded with spraying, rather, it is to be paralled with accidents and pilot errors. In fact I would say "unforeseeable weather conditions" is better. Too bad it is not used in B or D.
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09 Feb 2005, 09:30
OA is "B", I chose "B" but not sure why "B" is not better than "D".
09 Feb 2005, 09:30
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