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# Correct Usage of "being"

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12 Oct 2011, 18:12
Young deer must leave the safety of their group to search for food everyday; the risk is to be eaten by any of a multitude of predators
(A) everyday; the risk is to be eaten
(B) everyday at the risk of being eaten
(C) everyday risking them to be eaten
(D) everyday, they are risking being eaten
(E) everyday; likewise, they risk being eaten

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Experts please explain the difference between option B and C.

Please explain why option C is wrong? Isn't pronoun "them" referring to Young Deer in option C? Is the participial phrase "risking them to be eaten" correctly modifying "young deer"?

"at risk of being eaten" is acting as which type of modifier in option B?
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12 Oct 2011, 18:41
sungoal wrote:
Young deer must leave the safety of their group to search for food everyday; the risk is to be eaten by any of a multitude of predators
(A) everyday; the risk is to be eaten
(B) everyday at the risk of being eaten
(C) everyday risking them to be eaten
(D) everyday, they are risking being eaten
(E) everyday; likewise, they risk being eaten

Source: Aristotle SC Question Bank

Experts please explain the difference between option B and C.

Please explain why option C is wrong? Isn't pronoun "them" referring to Young Deer in option C? Is the participial phrase "risking them to be eaten" correctly modifying "young deer"?

"at risk of being eaten" is acting as which type of modifier in option B?

Please explain why option C is wrong? Isn't pronoun "them" referring to Young Deer in option C? [i][b] Is the participial phrase "risking them to be eaten" correctly modifying "young deer"?

The phrase "risking them" - well, who is risking who? We know the thing at risk as the "young deer" - but it's not like somebody is risking them or they are risking something else. So the wording would be kind of weird.

What we do know is that the young deer are "at risk" of [this condition or state].

Specifically, they are "at risk of being eaten" - so this is the right usage in (B).

Hope that helps.
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25 Feb 2014, 00:29
Young deer must leave the safety of their group to search for food everyday; the risk is to be eaten by any of a multitude of predators
(A) everyday; the risk is to be eaten -- ideas are not closely linked clause 1 and 2 are not linked meaningfully.
(B) everyday at the risk of being eaten -- transition at the risk of being eaten is fine.
(C) everyday risking them to be eaten -- risking is ing modifier it must be comma separated else without comma it is modifying everyday| Them is plural with no antecedent.
(D) everyday, they are risking being eaten -- run on sentence.
(E) everyday; likewise, they risk being eaten -- Strong contender : likewise is a indicator of similarity between two clauses, but meaning indicates cause and effect here, thus it is not right transition.
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25 Feb 2014, 08:04
"them" is a subject pronoun because it modifies the subject "deers".

in choice C "them" is taking the action of the verb "risk"which would necessitate an object pronoun.

thus you can risk "one's own life" or but you can't "risk oneself".
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