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Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful

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Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2016, 06:05
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Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful in increasing the productivity of major food crops, yet despite heavy use of pesticides, _________ losses to diseases and insect pests are sustained each year.

A) incongruous

B) reasonable

C) significant

D) considerable

E) equitable

F) fortuitous

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The word “despite” suggests the level of losses is somehow surprising given the heavy use of pesticides. The only words that describe an appropriate level of losses are “significant” and “considerable” (Choices C and D), which produce sentences alike in meaning. “Reasonable” and “equitable” also produce sentences alike in meaning, but neither word generates the contrast necessary for the sentence to make sense.
Thus the correct answer is significant (Choice C) and considerable (Choice D).
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Re: Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2019, 10:28
Why reasonable is not correct answer?
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Re: Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2019, 17:39
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even though the use of pesticides, the losses are still on an important or considerable amount.

reasonable is used when something is balanced in its approach. Which is clearly out of scope

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