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An F for the SAT

Planet Gore reader Phil K., “leaving no stone unturned,” has kept his eye on the Educational Testing Service’s daily SAT practice question, and sends along this gem from over the weekend.

Saturday, October 11

Part of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.
Warmer coastal air and water has accelerated melting in Antarctica’s ice shelves and increased the flow of glaciers into the sea.

A.     has accelerated melting in Antarctica’s

B.     has accelerated Antarctica’s melting

C.     having accelerated the melting of Antarctica’s

D.     accelerated Antarctica’s melting

E.     have accelerated the melting of Antarctica’s

Uh, what about option F — “have not prevailed since 1998, putting the lie to the alarmist press’s oft-repeated claims that they have accelerated the melting of Antarctica’s”?

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