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The world wildlife fund has declared that global warming, a phenomenon

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Remember, you want to try to avoid eliminating answer choices based on ambiguous pronouns (more on that in this video). That's especially true here, since you could make that argument for every option!

The best reason to kill (D) is that it seems to imply that global warming is caused by the people who burn fossil fuels, as opposed to the burning of the fossil fuels themselves. Put another way, (D) suggests the possibility that the people who burn fossil fuels might be up to some other nefarious activities that are causing warming -- and the fact that they burn fossil fuels is just an unrelated, identifying trait -- whereas (C) makes it crystal-clear that the burning of the fuels is the culprit.

Takeaway: Don't eliminate an answer choice because it contains an ambiguous pronoun when you can eliminate that same option because it's less clear or logical than its competitors.

I hope that helps!


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[quote="city92"]The World Wildlife Fund has declared that global warming, a phenomenon most scientists agree to be caused by human beings in burning fossil fuels, will create havoc among migratory birds by altering the environment in ways harmful to their habitats.


(A) a phenomenon most scientists agree to be caused by human beings in burning fossil fuels,

(B) a phenomenon most scientists agree that is caused by fossil fuels burned by human beings,

(C) a phenomenon that most scientists agree is caused by human beings' burning of fossil fuels,

(D) which most scientists agree on as a phenomenon caused by human beings who burn fossil fuels,

(E) which most scientists agree to be a phenomenon caused by fossil fuels burned by human beings,

choice A means" scientists agree a phenomenon to be caused". this is not grammatical
choice b means "that is" refers to "phenomenon" . this is not grammatical. it is hard to explain why but simply this is not idiomatic. the idiomatic is in choice c
choice d mean, "scientists agree on the phenomenon as". this is not grammatical
choice e mean "scientist agree the phenomenon to be a phenomenon". this is not grammatical.
choice c is correct .
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New post 23 Dec 2019, 00:52
Option B seems like a better option choice in comparison to C. I feel that Option C is awkwardly worded.
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