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Peat here-compared to what happnd in Ireland
same result here- means- no water contamination?

Before going to ans, I was thinking:
1. If same here, it will strengthen
2. if any other benefit like water preservation due to harverst,
it will double strengthen.

Now, let us see ans choices:
A. good but 'certain'..pass it
B. equal -- Strengthen..
C. 'other' not discussed.pass it
D. hypothesis-- pass it
E. out of discussion..pass it.

So ans B?

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Mon Jun 20, 2011 1:05 am
except B nothing really fits in.
Co relation has been used in the argument here.

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Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:27 am
not necessarily . actually i don't know that word, but answered correctly

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The missing link is the analogy of two contries
only B helps to clear it

so my take is B

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Peat, also known as sea coal because it was used on ships and brown coal for its appearance, is the lowest grade of coal. The higher grades are lignite, bituminous, and anthracite.

Flora and fauna refer to plants and animals, respectively. The words originate from Flora, the Roman goddess of plants and fertility, and from Faun, the Roman shepherd god whose Greek equivalent was Pan. Thinks flora = flowers and fauna = fawn (a young deer).

Now you know

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Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:46 pm
One of the assumptions could be similarity or equality of the environment between Ireland and compared country.

A - neutral - not clear what kind of changes
B - seems to be the right linking assumption
C - introduces another factor affecting the environment; does not help in making the argument sound strong
D - neutral premise telling about quantity factor. but it seems it does not help in making argument solid
E - fuel strays fsr away from the content

IMO B should be the right one...

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B +1

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Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:22 pm
+1 for B

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Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:59 pm
Brain, I am impressed the way you explained it. This is what makes this forum worth joining.

Well, I agree to the fact that we can replace it with X. In addition i would mention that while we actually are giving GMAT and are stuck on such issues, following few techniques might work:

- Replace the word with X or Y or any other Variable

- try to visualize....Peat is something which might harm ecology....opium or alike? This would make us feel that there is something the opinion is negative about.....In fact, it is easier.....It works for me better than variable....However, this has its own pitfall of bringing outside knowledge....(Actually you might think about opium:))

Just wanted to share what works for me.

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Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:10 am
B... without doubt.... no other option comes close.

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Sat Dec 17, 2011 9:07 am
Brian@VeritasPrep wrote:
Hey guys,

Nice job here - the official answer is, indeed, B. Choice B links the peat harvesting processes in Ireland to those "in this country" by demonstrating that the environments are similar, so it strengthens the argument (B would work as a good assumption answer, too, as we really need to link the Ireland premise more to the conclusion about this country).

Great point on the fact that the GMAT loves to use technical language to make you feel more confused than you need to be. Whenever I'm confused on technical language - and even as a native English speaker that happens to me a fair amount - I'll just replace it with variables like X and Y. That way, the argument is essentially:

Opponents of harvesting X say that it will alter the ecological balance. But in Ireland, they've harvested X for centuries without any problems. Therefore, we can safely proceed with harvesting X.

It doesn't really matter what "X" is (peat, corn, whatever) - the real issue is whether the logic makes sense.

I'm a big fan of "pay attention to the words you know to be important and don't worry about those you don't know at all". You know that words like "therefore", "however", etc. are always important, so look carefully for those, and fill in details with variables as needed.
Nice technique of replacing variable.

I agree with choice B.

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I too think B is the right answer.

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Tue Jan 17, 2012 6:37 am
wayofjungle wrote:
Did you catch that excellent pronoun error in the first sentence?

"Opponents of peat harvesting in this country argue that it would alter the ecological balance of our peat-rich wetlands and that"

In this sentence, 'it' is actually referring to the country arguing, not the opponents.

Sentence corrections aside, 'B' is definitely the best answer as it clears the analogy assumption that the US is comparable to Ireland.
I agree with B as the Answer of this CR.

However the sentence you quoted is true in terms of pronoun reference. IT here is referring to peat harvesting. Neither Country not opponents would alter the ecological balance.

Correct me if i m Wrong.

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