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Tiny Islands

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Tiny Islands

Post Tue Jul 14, 2015 10:39 pm
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  • Lap #[LAPCOUNT] ([LAPTIME])
    Because there are provisions of the new maritime
    code that provide that even tiny islets can be the
    basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large
    sea areas, they have already stimulated international
    disputes over uninhabited islands.

    (A) Because there are provisions of the new maritime
    code that provide that even tiny islets can be the
    basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of
    large sea areas, they have already stimulated

    (B) Because the new maritime code provides that
    even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the
    fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, it has
    already stimulated

    (C) Even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the
    fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under
    provisions of the new maritime code, already
    stimulating

    (D) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for
    claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea
    areas under provisions of the new maritime
    code, this has already stimulated


    (E) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for
    claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea
    areas under provisions of the new maritime
    code, which is already stimulating


    PLease explain the technique applied. OA is B

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    Post Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:36 am
    First Elimination

    C - The placement of 'under provisions…' improperly modifies areas.

    Second Elimination

    D - 'This' has no clear referent.

    Third Elimination

    E - 'There are provisions of the new maritime code that' is wordy


    THE ANSWER IS B

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    Post Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:39 am
    Quote:
    Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated international disputes over uninhabited islands.

    (A)Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated

    (B) Because the new maritime code provides that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, it has already stimulated

    (C) Even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oilfields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, already stimulating

    (D) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oilfields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, this has already stimulated

    (E) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, which is already stimulating
    In A, they lacks a clear antecedent.
    Eliminate A.

    A COMMA + VERBing modifier serves to express an action attributed to the preceding SUBJECT.
    In C, stimulating seems to refer to islets -- the subject of the preceding clause -- implying that the ISLETS are stimulating international disputes.
    The intended meaning of the sentence is that the MARITIME CODE is stimulating international disputes.
    Eliminate C.

    In D, this lacks a clear antecedent.
    Eliminate D.

    E lacks a subject. The result is an incomplete sentence.
    Eliminate E.

    The correct answer is B.

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    Post Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:14 am
    GMATGuruNY wrote:
    Quote:
    Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated international disputes over uninhabited islands.

    (A)Because there are provisions of the new maritime code that provide that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, they have already stimulated

    (B) Because the new maritime code provides that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas, it has already stimulated

    (C) Even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oilfields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, already stimulating

    (D) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oilfields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, this has already stimulated

    (E) Because even tiny islets can be the basis for claims to the fisheries and oil fields of large sea areas under provisions of the new maritime code, which is already stimulating
    In A, they lacks a clear antecedent.
    Eliminate A.

    A COMMA + VERBing modifier serves to express an action attributed to the preceding SUBJECT.
    In C, stimulating seems to refer to islets -- the subject of the preceding clause -- implying that the ISLETS are stimulating international disputes.
    The intended meaning of the sentence is that the MARITIME CODE is stimulating international disputes.
    Eliminate C.

    In D, this lacks a clear antecedent.
    Eliminate D.

    E lacks a subject. The result is an incomplete sentence.
    Eliminate E.

    The correct answer is B.
    Hi Mitch,

    B also says that it's the code that's stimulating the disputes. Isn't it..?

    Thanks,
    Mallika

    Post Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:29 am
    mallika hunsur wrote:
    Hi Mitch,

    B also says that it's the code that's stimulating the disputes. Isn't it..?

    Thanks,
    Mallika
    Correct.
    The default referent for a subject pronoun is the PRECEDING SUBJECT.
    B: Because the new maritime code provides that even tiny islets can be the basis for claims, it has already stimulated international disputes.
    Here, it (subject pronoun) serves to refer to the new maritime code (the preceding subject).
    Conveyed meaning:
    The new maritime code has already stimulated international disputes.

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