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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950s and early

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962. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and early 1960’s that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.
(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it

The OA is A. However, it seems to me that the "it" in A can refer to "scholarly wisdom" or "ethnicity".

Can someone please explain why A is correct.
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Re: SC: scholarly wisdom [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2007, 21:39
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962. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and early 1960’s that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.
(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it

The OA is A. However, it seems to me that the "it" in A can refer to "scholarly wisdom" or "ethnicity".

Can someone please explain why A is correct.


Consider this - scholarly wisdom predicted that X will be undermined.

Its unlikely that X would refer to scholarly wisdom, meaning a statement of the nature 'scholary wisdom predicted that .... will undermine scholarly wisdom' makes little sense.

It must be something else other than scholarly wisdom, which leaves us with the noun 'ethnicity'.

Hope this helps.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2007, 04:27
Thanks for your post.

However, I've always uderstood that it doesn't matter whether it makes sense or not. A pronoun should clearly refer to its antecedent, and it fails to do so in the sentence above :?

Am I missing something?
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