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While some economists propose that agricultural land be used

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While some economists propose that agricultural land be used to help solve the energy crisis by converting arable land from foods to bio-fuel, a majority of analysts believe that bio-fuels should be produced only from non-food crops, whose use will impact the environment less.

A) whose use will impact the environment less
B) the use of which will have a lesser impact on the environment
C) having less of an impact on the environment if used
D) lessening the impact of its use on the environment
E) with lower environmental impacts of using them
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14 Jun 2014, 18:04
A straight

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14 Jun 2014, 20:28
Why is B) incorrect ?

Is the position of the modifier "less" correct in A)
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14 Jun 2014, 20:42
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Why is B) incorrect ?

i do not find anything grammatically wrong with B
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14 Jun 2014, 23:52
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A straight

Hi Carcass,

As per my knowledge, "whose" is a possessive pronoun that refers to people or a person and to refer things, we use "which". In choice A, how can "whose" refer to non-food crops? Choice B made sense to me. Please explain.

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carcass wrote:
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Hi Carcass,

As per my knowledge, "whose" is a possessive pronoun that refers to people or a person and to refer things, we use "which". In choice A, how can "whose" refer to non-food crops? Choice B made sense to me. Please explain.

Thanks.

Yes, it is unusual but also not so rare. Yes in this case whose refers to crops. The other choices are wordy.

Sometimes the right option is NOT the best option in an absolute sense. Is the best option in our ball park.
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Whose relates to people or to things. You can tell when to use 'whose' by changing the adjective clause into a free-running sentence. If the free running sentence contains his, hers, its, theirs - use whose

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15 Jun 2014, 22:06
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I think whose is used only in the case of people. B should be the answer in spite of being wordy as A contains other flaws.
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15 Jun 2014, 22:15
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ankurgupta03 wrote: I think whose is used only in the case of people

this is not correct . "whose" can be used for people or things
but yes i do agree with u that there is no reason to call B wrong!
interestingly the sense of "whose" in option A is troubling not because it cannot be used for "things" but because "whose" tends to give possessive sense, which is actually not required here . the construction "the use of which" is much better here

correct usage of "whose" ---> the town whose water supply was contaminated
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16 Jun 2014, 09:04
"whose use will impact the environment less" must refer to "analysts" given long before))
I believe that GMAC will not use such answers to complicate questions by any mean
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ankurgupta03 wrote: I think whose is used only in the case of people

this is not correct . "whose" can be used for people or things
but yes i do agree with u that there is no reason to call B wrong!
interestingly the sense of "whose" in option A is troubling not because it cannot be used for "things" but because "whose" tends to give possessive sense, which is actually not required here . the construction "the use of which" is much better here

correct usage of "whose" ---> the town whose water supply was contaminated

I'm happy to respond to your private message.

This is a poor question. If I were going to give this question a grade, I would give it a C-. It's not as bad as it could be, but it falls far short of the high standards of the GMAT.

I agree that, in colloquial English, "whose" can be used for inanimate objects (usually collections of people, such as a "town" or a "school"). There is something jarring about the use of "whose" for something that contains no people and has no possibility of volition. I find this highly problematic about (A), the purported OA. I don't think I have ever seen "whose" used in this way on the formalism of the GMAT. Nor would this be a deciding split to eliminate an answer.

I prefer the construction "the use of which" in (B), although (B) overall has a wordy, passive, indirect construction. These first two are clearly the most promising answer choices, and it's hard to imagine that either would be correct on the GMAT.

It's very hard to write questions that conform to the high standards of the GMAT. I have seen many questions, like this one, that fit the general format but fall abysmally short of all the nuances of the standards. Don't automatically assume that a practice SC question will mirror the high standards of the GMAT simply because somebody out there presents it as a GMAT practice question.

Here's a high quality GMAT SC practice question, for practice:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3604

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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18 Jun 2014, 09:48
I have the same doubt as of Temurkhon.
whose - may refer to analysts as well.. Why no one is talking about it ?? Am i wrong in interpreting the second sentence ??
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18 Jun 2014, 12:33
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I have the same doubt as of Temurkhon.
whose - may refer to analysts as well.. Why no one is talking about it ?? Am i wrong in interpreting the second sentence ??

Dear endu4gmat,
If "whose" referred to "analysts," that would raise problems with the Modifier Touch Rule. See:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/modifiers- ... orrection/
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19 Jun 2014, 07:39
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I'm happy to respond to your private message.

This is a poor question. If I were going to give this question a grade, I would give it a C-. It's not as bad as it could be, but it falls far short of the high standards of the GMAT.

I agree that, in colloquial English, "whose" can be used for inanimate objects (usually collections of people, such as a "town" or a "school"). There is something jarring about the use of "whose" for something that contains no people and has no possibility of volition. I find this highly problematic about (A), the purported OA. I don't think I have ever seen "whose" used in this way on the formalism of the GMAT. Nor would this be a deciding split to eliminate an answer.

I prefer the construction "the use of which" in (B), although (B) overall has a wordy, passive, indirect construction. These first two are clearly the most promising answer choices, and it's hard to imagine that either would be correct on the GMAT.

It's very hard to write questions that conform to the high standards of the GMAT. I have seen many questions, like this one, that fit the general format but fall abysmally short of all the nuances of the standards. Don't automatically assume that a practice SC question will mirror the high standards of the GMAT simply because somebody out there presents it as a GMAT practice question.

Here's a high quality GMAT SC practice question, for practice:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3604

Does all this make sense?
Mike

Mike, can you explain why D isn't right?
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19 Jun 2014, 13:42
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Mike, can you explain why D isn't right?

Dear ronr34,
I'm happy to respond.

Sometimes, in a poor quality question, it isn't worthwhile to delve into the answer choices, because they don't have the clear right/wrong quality of official questions. Nevertheless, choice (D) is clearly wrong. Here's the sentence, with (D) inserted.

While some economists propose that agricultural land be used to help solve the energy crisis by converting arable land from foods to bio-fuel, a majority of analysts believe that bio-fuels should be produced only from non-food crops, lessening the impact of its use on the environment.
Problems:
1) The participle "lessening" is a bit awkward, and the entire phrasing of (D) is indirect and wordy. Notice that (D) is packed with nouns: "lessening" is not a particular vigorous action, and none of the action that follows is in verb form. This makes us suspect.
2) What is the antecedent of "its"? Grammatically, the antecedent would have to be a nearby singular noun, but there's no singular noun at all after the first comma! The intended antecedent might be "non-food crops", but even if that were the antecedent, this phrasing changes the meaning of the sentence. Pronoun problems are the kiss of death on a GMAT SC problem. This must be wrong.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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