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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Environmentalists report ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## Environmentalists report Environmentalists report that much of the increase in levels of dangerous mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations of the element in tuna and other fish. A. much of the increase in levels of dangerous mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations B. much of the increases in dangerous levels of mercury that Americans ingest are due to high concentrations C. much of the dangerous increases in the level of mercury Americans ingest are due to a high concentration D. many of the increase in dangerous levels of mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations E. many of the levels of increase in dangerous mercury ingested by Americans are due to a high concentration What is wrong with other Options? OA A ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 04 Oct 2017 Posted: 551 messages Followed by: 11 members Upvotes: 180 Top Reply Hello! Thank you for your question! Let's break down each answer, and determine what is right/wrong about each one: Environmentalists report that much of the increase in levels of dangerous mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations of the element in tuna and other fish. A. much of the increase in levels of dangerous mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations This one is the right answer because it correctly uses "much of" instead of "many of," and correctly uses "is due" instead of "are due." B. much of the increases in dangerous levels of mercury that Americans ingest are due to high concentrations This one is wrong for a couple reasons. First, it moves the word "dangerous" from in front of mercury to in front of levels. In this case, the levels aren't what's most dangerous - it's the mercury. Second, whenever you use the phrase "much of..." it should be followed by a singular word. In this case, it's followed by a plural "levels," which also leads us to incorrectly say "are due" later on. C. much of the dangerous increases in the level of mercury Americans ingest are due to a high concentration Just like B, the problem with this sentence has to do with where the word "dangerous" is located. The mercury is what is dangerous, so the adjective "dangerous" needs to go before mercury, not increases. D. many of the increase in dangerous levels of mercury ingested by Americans is due to high concentrations This one also has the problem of putting the word "dangerous" in the wrong place. Also, the phrase "many of the..." needs to be followed by a plural word, and in this sentence it's followed by the singular "increase." E. many of the levels of increase in dangerous mercury ingested by Americans are due to a high concentration This one is very awkward to read and understand. At face value, it suggests that there are "many levels of increase," rather than just one (the level of mercury ingested by Americans is just one thing). That, and saying "many levels of increase" just sounds odd. I hope this helps! I'm available if you'd like any follow up! _________________ GMAT Prep From The Economist We offer 70+ point score improvement money back guarantee. Our average student improves 98 points. Free 7-Day Test Prep with Economist GMAT Tutor - Receive free access to the top-rated GMAT prep course including a 1-on-1 strategy session, 2 full-length tests, and 5 ask-a-tutor messages. Get started now. • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Veritas GMAT Class Experience Lesson 1 Live Free Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • 1 Hour Free BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Get 300+ Practice Questions 25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Practice Test & Review How would you score if you took the GMAT Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • FREE GMAT Exam Know how you'd score today for$0

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