Is A the correct answer and is my reasoning correct?

  1. According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year, will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century.

(A) According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year, will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century

(B) Already approaching 19 pounds a year in the United States, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century-the second clause must begin with per capita …

(C) The National Pasta association predicts by the twenty-first century that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which is already approaching 19 pounds a year, will reach 30 pounds a year- wrong meaning

(D) By the twenty-first century, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, having already approached 19 pounds a year, will reach 30 pounds a year.-wrong meaning.

(E) According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States is already approaching 19 pounds a year and will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century- conveys wrong meaning ” is approaching”, whereas 19 pounds a year is a routine occurance.

A -> the per-capita consumption will not “achieve” 30 pounds a year

B – > Incorrect modifier – the National Pasta Association isn’t approaching 19 pounds a year

C -> “by the 21st century” is placed after predicts; it should be placed after “30 pounds a year”

D -> “having already approached 19 pounds a year” modifies the clause when placed at the end.

eg. I did not feel like eating lunch, having had a heavy breakfast,

Hence issue with the modifier. Also, “by the 21st century” makes it sound as if the prediction will be by 21st century

eg. By 5pm, Amit decided he was not going to wait any longer.

E is fine.

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(A) According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which has already been approaching 19 pounds a year, will achieve 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century  —  which is modifying United States not per capita of pasta

(B) Already approaching 19 pounds a year in the United States, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century– -Awkward here approaching 19 is not clear whether it is referring to National pasta association or to per-capita consumption

(C) The National Pasta association predicts by the twenty-first century that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, which is already approaching 19 pounds a year, will reach 30 pounds a year- awkward and same as A

(D) By the twenty-first century, the National Pasta Association predicts that per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States, having already approached 19 pounds a year, will reach 30 pounds a year.—awkward construction

(E)According to the National Pasta Association, per-capita consumption of pasta in the United States is already approaching 19 pounds a year and will reach 30 pounds a year by the twenty-first century —- this looks proper the correct conjunction’ and’ is telling about per capita consumption

 

 

Admins please correct me if the reasoning is not proper.

Intermediate Answered 7 days ago.

Never use “awkward construction” as a reason to eliminate the answer option.

The OG answers suck because they have used this as a “lazy” way to escape.

https://gmat.crackverbal.com/gmat-og-explanations/

Arun

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