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23 Jun 2004, 22:17
14.In the late seventh century, in a dispute over<< whether the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor,>> Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.
(A) over whether the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor, is to be the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor, was to be the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali

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24 Jun 2004, 00:52
There's nothing wrong with the original sentence. (A)
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24 Jun 2004, 01:47
A should be it.
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24 Jun 2004, 01:52
A for me too

It's between A and C (use of whether is correct)
A is gramatically correct and more precise than C
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24 Jun 2004, 01:53
You need whether to define such relation, so (B) and (E) gone.
"as to" in D is unidiomatic.
"to carry and be forth" in (C) changes the meaning of the sentence which intend to say "X carried the tradition of Y" while (C) implies "X was successor of Y and he will carry on like this"

(A) is best.
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24 Jun 2004, 09:23
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14.In the late seventh century, in a dispute over<< whether the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor,>> Islam split into two branches, the Sunnis and the Shiites.
(A) over whether the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali, should carry on as the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(B) over if Ali, the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(C) over whether Ali, the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, was going to carry on and be the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor
(D) as to whether the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor, is to be the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-low, Ali
(E) concerning if the fourth caliph, Muhammadâ€™s successor, was to be the Prophet Muhammadâ€™s son-in-law, Ali

Whether - used in situations where a choice is there
If - used in situations where a CONDITION is there. obviously, we need "whether" here. So, you can eliminate B and E right there.

You can see that D is clearly wrong... it reads .. 'OVER AS TO WHETHER'...IS TO BE

Between A and C, A is more direct about what the sentence intends to say. Also, C uses present participle "going" for something in the past...that is also incorrect.

IMO, A should be the correct answer
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24 Jun 2004, 23:06
Thanks everyone for the nice discussion OA is A
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