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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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Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed
sentences that are alike in meaning.


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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Page: 55
Difficulty: easy


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C,D
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: Modern agricultural practices have been extremely successful [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2016, 06:06
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Explanation


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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