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# Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition

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Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not.

(A) a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
(B) when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
(C) a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
(D) when a condition is present and indicate its presence
(E) the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence

tricky tricky tricky~~ (maybe not )
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22 Mar 2007, 20:18
Tricky ? This one ? nahhh ... Straight (C)
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22 Mar 2007, 21:16
Another C.

ending "it is present" in C did it for me.
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22 Mar 2007, 22:05
Darn...

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the OA is C.

This took me a while to figure it out
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01 Aug 2007, 01:15
i really love this question. it tests your knowledge of pronoun referents.

ricokevin wrote:
Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not.

(A) a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
the there in there is is a syntactic expletive. not wrong but look for a better answer.
one refers to condition, leaving the it in the stem without a referent.

(B) when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
same as A.

(C) a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
all three its refer back to one pronoun (condition).
correct

(D) when a condition is present and indicate its presence
not parallel

(E) the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence
redundancy
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01 Aug 2007, 05:17
How is the last 'it' left without any referent...Cant 'one' and 'it' both refer to condition in this case...Like in C all 'it' refer to condition.
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09 Aug 2007, 12:28
vineetgupta wrote:
How is the last 'it' left without any referent...Cant 'one' and 'it' both refer to condition in this case...Like in C all 'it' refer to condition.

I think only the same pronoun can refer to the same referent
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09 Aug 2007, 12:33
great question.. took me a while to figure it out
09 Aug 2007, 12:33
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