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## A tough question

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#### A tough question

Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:06 am
Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while they once ranged over virtually all of the continental United States except for a small strip in the extreme Southwest.

A. Elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, which would make it seem that elk are mountain dwellers, while
B. The fact that elk now live almost solely in the Rocky Mountains would make it seem that they are mountain dwellers, but
C. It would seem that elk would be mountain dwellers because of their living now solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, but still
D. Now living almost solely in the Rocky Mountains, it would seem that elk were mountain dwellers, although
E. It seems that elk would be mountain dwellers from the fact that they now live solely almost in the Rocky Mountains, since

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I will go for B. Whats the OA?

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Fri Nov 02, 2007 12:08 pm
Some people suggest A, although " which" problem exits.

But in B, if you change "it" with " that clause", " make something seem"

" their living " in C may not be grammatic

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Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:00 pm
Good qn, I am only convinced with B though it is troubling me. The use of "but" to contrast two part sentences is good. All other looks awful. Any other thoughts. With A, which refers to Rocky Mountains, so wrong.

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It's B. It's the best choice.

A) too long and awkward
C) "would seem...would be" is incorrect "would seem... are" is the correct way to phrase this
D) "although" is not a strong enough word to contrast the two statement, makes the sentence ambivalent
E) same as D -- sentence is no longer a contrast; meaning has changed

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My Pick is B.
Its the best among all d choices.

ranji Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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A) which refers to rocky mountains which is not correct
C) 'because of their living' is awkward
D) first clause should modify elk. usage of 'it' is ambigious here
E) usage of since doesnt provide contrast.

My pick is also B

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Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:07 am
It shud be B.....every thing else makes it uneasy....

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Guys: Isnt "it" redundant in the choice B? or am I thinking too much..most of the forums say that the use of "it" (except when it is used as pronoun) is redundant and should be avoided...

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Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:10 pm
It isn't redundant, it's necessary. Think of it this way -- what if you just deleted 'it' out of the answer choice? 'Make seem' is absolutely incorrect. The usage here is idiomatic -- 'it' refers to the nameless situation of where elks live. It's usually to be found in that expression because there is a nameless situation which is being made to seem a certain way.

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Thanks Danielle: I still have couple of questions
- Do you agree that in most of the cases "it" is redundant?
- How do I decide that "it" is redundant or not?

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Mon Nov 19, 2007 9:18 pm
I don't agree that in most cases it is redundant -- that seems way too strong a statement. Also I am not sure exactly which usages/situations you are talking about.

General rule: if, as I demonstrated above, you can't delete 'it' without making the sentence wrong or nonsensical, it is essential to the construction and not redundant.

Some examples would go a long way towards fine-tuning this example though -- have any that we can go through together to understand this 'it' situation??

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Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:44 pm
Thanks Danielle..I am sure I read it somewhere...I will look in my notes and surely discuss this further..

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Option A. This option in the first clause does not create a counterbalance that would be repelled by the second clause, so, therefore, it does not fully give a perfect type of answer.

Option B.
This is the correct answer.this option created a first clause that needs to be counterbalanced in the second clause. That is, the first clause is a fact that stand and the second starting with ' but' gives a reason why it should not be.

Option C.
'would seem' here is incorrect.Its usage contradicts the sentence. Thus, this option is correct.

Option D.
'Now living...' this is not a perfect intro to the sentence, also the use of although as a 'separater' here is improper, 'but' would have been better.

Option E.
'since' the use of 'since' does not make the sentence contrast each other therefore this option is wrong

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