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47.Those skeptical of the extent of global warming argue that short-term temperature data are an inadequate means of predicting long-term trends and point out that the scientific community remains divided on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does.

(A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does
(B) on whether warming that occurs will be significant and the impact it would have
(C) as to whether significant warming will occur or the impact it would have if it did
(D) over whether there will be significant warming or the impact it will have
(E) over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it would have

My head goes around something when I face with the similarity!
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09 Jun 2008, 03:19
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47.Those skeptical of the extent of global warming argue that short-term temperature data are an inadequate means of predicting long-term trends and point out that the scientific community remains divided on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does.

(A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does
(B) on whether warming that occurs will be significant and the impact it would have
(C) as to whether significant warming will occur or the impact it would have if it did
(D) over whether there will be significant warming or the impact it will have
(E) over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it would have

My head goes around something when I face with the similarity!

divided over...and...is correct usage. Ans E.
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09 Jun 2008, 03:23
I will go with E

Divided Over is the proper usage then
over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it would have -> proper tense usage

if X will the what Would kind of..
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09 Jun 2008, 03:38
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47.Those skeptical of the extent of global warming argue that short-term temperature data are an inadequate means of predicting long-term trends and point out that the scientific community remains divided on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does.

(A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does
(B) on whether warming that occurs will be significant and the impact it would have
(C) as to whether significant warming will occur or the impact it would have if it did
(D) over whether there will be significant warming or the impact it will have
(E) over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it would have

My head goes around something when I face with the similarity!

C, D -> "or" is wrong here. it should be "and"
For me "divided over" more idiomatic than " divided on" inthis situation.
So I chose E.

whether... what... goes in parallel (both are questioning act as pronouns)
B is out.

Its between A and E.

A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact will it have if it does
= whether significant warming will occur and what impact will warming have if warming does
hmmm!!! both looks parallel... but second part looks little suspicious.

if warming does, what impact [url]will warming have[/url]
it should be...
if warming does, what impact warming will have

E) whether significant warming will occur and what impact it would have
= whether significant waming will occur and what impact warmig would have
(sounds ok to me..)

I may be wrong..
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09 Jun 2008, 05:05
I would go for E. As E uses would correctly instead of convoluted second half of A.
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09 Jun 2008, 05:57
E.
1)Divided over looks right
Every other option introduces some error.
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09 Jun 2008, 06:12
Flollowing setences mostly from major news paper/tv channells.

Can some one explain when to use "divided over" and "divided on"

Police divided over detention limit
Doctors Divided Over Warning Strike
UEFA divided over how to deal with players who dive
Economists divided over Russian inflation cause

Organized labor divided on Clinton, Obama -( CNN.com)
Nation Is Divided on Drawdown Of Troops (washington post)
Dem Senators Divided on Obama's Call for Repealing Defense of ...
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09 Jun 2008, 06:36
crazy one
I want to improve both:
A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact it will have if it does
E) over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it will have
Regarding ON vs OVER with divided both seem acceptable choices. Nonetheless I'm looking for a native speakers to prove/reject my opinion.
My choice is E because in A if it does seems redundant for me
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09 Jun 2008, 06:50
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crazy one
I want to improve both:
A) on whether significant warming will occur and what impact it will have if it does
E) over whether significant warming will occur and what impact it will have
Regarding ON vs OVER with divided both seem acceptable choices. Nonetheless I'm looking for a native speakers to prove/reject my opinion.
My choice is E because in A if it does seems redundant for me

Oh my God, now I changed my point of view... I forgot about the reverse order in english grammar. So that A is quite good from that perspective. But E still has the problem with "would". With 80 % likelihood GMAT votes for A.
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09 Jun 2008, 09:22
stuck between A and E .Will go for A here
A uses correct tenses although "if it does" is redundant
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09 Jun 2008, 16:07
I think E is the best answer, but I'm not sure when to use "divided over", or "divided on"
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09 Jun 2008, 17:43
If E is the best, why E should not be: "will....will" or "would....would"? But "will....would..." and we must assume that they are parallel only because we have no other reasons? Really funny, do you think so?
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09 Jun 2008, 17:48
I think the will...would is correct in this case, because it's conditional, I mean, if the weather warming occurs, then we don't know what impacts it would have.
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09 Jun 2008, 18:33
ldpedroso wrote:
I think the will...would is correct in this case, because it's conditional, I mean, if the weather warming occurs, then we don't know what impacts it would have.

Oh, thanks Idp, among all useful reasonings here, I like yours most, it is very clear for me!

About divided on or over, x2suresh, I think either is correct, depending on what you prefer only!

Thanks all of you.

OA is E
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