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# USE of SO

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28 Oct 2008, 22:03
Even though the state has spent ten years and seven million dollars planning a reservoir along the Ubi River, the project will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted.

(A) will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted
(B) is to be abandoned on account of the heavy pollution which the river received
(D) has to be abandoned because of the river and its heavy pollution
(E) must be abandoned because the river has become so heavily polluted
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28 Oct 2008, 22:35
arorag wrote:
Even though the state has spent ten years and seven million dollars planning a reservoir along the Ubi River, the project will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted.

(A) will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted
(B) is to be abandoned on account of the heavy pollution which the river received
(D) has to be abandoned because of the river and its heavy pollution
(E) must be abandoned because the river has become so heavily polluted

E. IMO its similar to "so kind/nice".

A. wrong tense.
B. awakward?
C. wrong tense.
D. correct tense but "because of" is almost always wrong in gmat SC. Can anybody confirm the use of "because of"?
E. correct/smooth flow of tense, correct meaning and conjunction "because".
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29 Oct 2008, 00:20
E for precision and clarity
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29 Oct 2008, 04:27
I do not see any grammatical issue with A. But, between A and E, E is more concise. Hence, E.
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29 Oct 2008, 05:07
scthakur wrote:
I do not see any grammatical issue with A. But, between A and E, E is more concise. Hence, E.

will have to be abandoned ( by whom ? object is missing here )
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29 Oct 2008, 07:16
scthakur wrote:
I do not see any grammatical issue with A. But, between A and E, E is more concise. Hence, E.

The following order of tense is missed in A:

Past perfect --> past perfect contineous --> simple past --> present perfect --> present perfect contineous --> simple present --> simple future --> simple future contineous --> future perfect.

A has "present perfect" and "future perfect". So there is a wide gap in between these two tense. so it is gramatically wrong.

A is passive tooooooooooooooooo.
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14 Jan 2013, 07:06
GMAT TIGER wrote:
scthakur wrote:
I do not see any grammatical issue with A. But, between A and E, E is more concise. Hence, E.

The following order of tense is missed in A:

Past perfect --> past perfect contineous --> simple past --> present perfect --> present perfect contineous --> simple present --> simple future --> simple future contineous --> future perfect.

A has "present perfect" and "future perfect". So there is a wide gap in between these two tense. so it is gramatically wrong.

A is passive tooooooooooooooooo.

Can you give an example for this tense difference??
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15 Jan 2013, 09:21
Hi Roopika,

Even though the state has spent ten years and seven million dollars planning a reservoir along the Ubi River, the project will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted.

I've underlined the 2 tenses here to highlight the issue. You go from something in the past 'has spent' to something in the future 'will have to be' - this is too much of a leap. If you're not a native speaker, roughly translate into another language - it'll be odd there too.

Another example might be:
I have spent a long time planning on doing a marathon but my plans will have to be abandoned as I've hurt my knee - past to future, no good.
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16 Jan 2013, 06:11
plumber250 wrote:
Hi Roopika,

Even though the state has spent ten years and seven million dollars planning a reservoir along the Ubi River, the project will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted.

I've underlined the 2 tenses here to highlight the issue. You go from something in the past 'has spent' to something in the future 'will have to be' - this is too much of a leap. If you're not a native speaker, roughly translate into another language - it'll be odd there too.

Another example might be:
I have spent a long time planning on doing a marathon but my plans will have to be abandoned as I've hurt my knee - past to future, no good.

That explains it ... thanks ..
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19 Nov 2015, 19:18
This is a question that tests:
(1) Differences between object and issue.
(2) Tense. ("Even though the state has spend", present perfect tense thus needed.)

Actually, the context is saying that the project needs suspension, because of a certain reason. Move on.

(A) will have to be abandoned as a result of the river becoming so heavily polluted
Wrong.
(1) "the river becoming so heavily polluted" is an issue. Correct.
(2) "becoming" is present progressive tense, wrong.

(B) is to be abandoned on account of the heavy pollution (which the river received)
Wrong.
"the heavy pollution which..." is an object, not an issue, and therefore cannot become a reason.

Wrong.
Here past perfect tense is used.

(D) has to be abandoned because of the river and its heavy pollution
Wrong.
Two object emerged ( "the river", "its heavy pollution"), but there is no issue. Cross it out.
Note that this skill of segmentation is heavily used in a certain options.

(E) must be abandoned because the river has become so heavily polluted
Correct.
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