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    which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    31. ---- because it affects the average rate of material loss across a landscape.
    A) More moisture also promotes the growth of vegetation
    B) Wetter conditions favour faster rates of erosion
    C) Mountains in polar latitudes are the least vulnerable to erosion
    D) Climate is inextricably linked with erosion
    E) Mountain glaciers aggressively attack surface rock
    The question was taken from UDS, an official language proficiency exam for Turkish Academicians in Turkey. The test is supposed to assess only reading comprehension of the testee, not the science itself.
    After this brief info, what do you think abut the answer. Which choice is proper and why? What the meaning of this complete sentence is?
    Please rephrase, if possible.
    PS: No official answer was provided for the test by tester.
    PS: You can reach the whole test via http://www.dilforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6895, ÜDS Fen 2005 Aralik

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    Re: which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    You have a go. Think about the 'it'.

    b

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    Re: which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    You have a go. Think about the 'it'.

    b
    Actually the discussion is centered on whether B or D is the right answer. And a source for "IT" can be found in both sentences.

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    Re: which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    Quote Originally Posted by mehmetmamger View Post
    Actually the discussion is centered on whether B or D is the right answer. And a source for "IT" can be found in both sentences.
    B or D? The subject of the B clause is in the plural. Only A and D are possible (as their subject can be an 'it').

    A is about something growing; D is about something diminishing. You really don't need to understand every word in order to get through this sort of exam.

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    Re: which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    I sure say 'B'.

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    Re: which completes the sentence (uds science december 2205)

    Quote Originally Posted by mehmetmamger View Post
    31. ---- because it affects the average rate of material loss across a landscape.
    A) More moisture also promotes the growth of vegetation
    B) Wetter conditions favour faster rates of erosion
    C) Mountains in polar latitudes are the least vulnerable to erosion
    D) Climate is inextricably linked with erosion
    E) Mountain glaciers aggressively attack surface rock
    The question was taken from UDS, an official language proficiency exam for Turkish Academicians in Turkey. The test is supposed to assess only reading comprehension of the testee, not the science itself.
    After this brief info, what do you think abut the answer. Which choice is proper and why? What the meaning of this complete sentence is?
    Please rephrase, if possible.
    PS: No official answer was provided for the test by tester.
    PS: You can reach the whole test via http://www.dilforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6895, ÜDS Fen 2005 Aralik
    I would say B as well. A has nothing to do with material loss, so it doesn't make sense. C combined with the rest of the statement is talking about opposite things. D is true by itself but, when combined with the rest of the statement, is steered to a specific reason why D would be true...which is false; climate is linked with erosion through a wide variety of processes...not just material loss. Grammatically, E doesn't make sense because the subject is "mountain glaciers," and the subject should be referred to with "they affect"...not "it affects."

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