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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients' misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.
(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2012, 21:41
This is an idiom question . Attribute X(an effect ) to Y(a cause). Which lead to what? Criminal or delinquent behaviour lead to an allergy. Eliminate C,D,E . We left with A and B. I choosed A but when I read again I noticed ......in attributing criminal or delinquent behaviour to some food energy, the perpetrators. It clearly modifies perpetrators. But I admit that I did not understand to whole sentence.
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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2013, 01:32
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235. Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.
(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior



How the OA B is not a run-on.....can anyone explain
not able to figure out

Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions. modifying what???
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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2013, 12:13
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their client [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2013, 07:27
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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

Need every answer choice`s explanation...........

I suggest searching the forums for explanations before posting. Here are three threads that contain the same question:

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 02 May 2013, 00:43
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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 05:55
Explanations apart I didn't get the meaning of the sentence as the first clause creates a fragment in the original:

Defense attorneys have occasionally argued
that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested
,
but in attributing criminal or
delinquent behavior to some food allergy
, the
perpetrators
are in effect told that they are not
responsible for their actions.

Subject= GREEN
Verb = RED

I have marked subjects,verbs, and modifiers in the original sentence. However it seems that the part of sentence
"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their
clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested" is not a clause but a FRAGMENT.

Please advise how to understand this sentence

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 03:32
My two cents...

A, C and E are wrong. The modifier wrong modifies "the perpetrators". (The sentence clearly means to say that the defense attorneys are the ones doing the attributing. It does not make sense to say that the perpatrators tell themselves that they are not responsible for their actions)

D uses "attributed as" which is idiomatically wrong ( well at least it doesn't sound right)

B remains as the right answer.

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 03:34
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My two cents...

A, C and E are wrong. The modifier wrong modifies "the perpetrators". (The sentence clearly means to say that the defense attorneys are the ones doing the attributing. It does not make sense to say that the perpatrators tell themselves that they are not responsible for their actions)

D uses "attributed as" which is idiomatically wrong ( well at least it doesn't sound right)

B remains as the right answer.

IMO B


Hi MF,

I understood the POE. However, I have a specific query which I have mentioned in my previous post.

that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested (this isn't a proper clause as it doesn't have a verb), BUT Clause

Why the structure is not as mentioned below:

that their clients’ misconduct is stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested

Can you please advise on that?

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 03:38
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Explanations apart I didn't get the meaning of the sentence as the first clause creates a fragment in the original:

Defense attorneys have occasionally argued
that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested
,
but in attributing criminal or
delinquent behavior to some food allergy
, the
perpetrators
are in effect told that they are not
responsible for their actions.

Subject= GREEN
Verb = RED

I have marked subjects,verbs, and modifiers in the original sentence. However it seems that the part of sentence
"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their
clientThe original sentence wont make sense beacuse it is wrong. Let's take the option B

"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions."

To find the object let us ask "Defense attorneys have argued WHAT?"
Answer : That "their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested".s’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested" is not a clause but a FRAGMENT.

Please advise how to understand this sentence

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The original sentence wont make sense beacuse it is wrong. Let's take the option B

"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions."

To find the object let us ask "Defense attorneys have argued WHAT?"
Answer : That "their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested".

Now to answer your point, the clients' misconduct STEMMED from a reaction to something ingested. STEMMED is not a past participle but rather a verb in the past tense
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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2013, 03:43
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TGC wrote:
Explanations apart I didn't get the meaning of the sentence as the first clause creates a fragment in the original:

Defense attorneys have occasionally argued
that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested
,
but in attributing criminal or
delinquent behavior to some food allergy
, the
perpetrators
are in effect told that they are not
responsible for their actions.

Subject= GREEN
Verb = RED

I have marked subjects,verbs, and modifiers in the original sentence. However it seems that the part of sentence
"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their
clientThe original sentence wont make sense beacuse it is wrong. Let's take the option B

"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions."

To find the object let us ask "Defense attorneys have argued WHAT?"
Answer : That "their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested".s’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to
something ingested" is not a clause but a FRAGMENT.

Please advise how to understand this sentence

Rgds,
TGC!

The original sentence wont make sense beacuse it is wrong. Let's take the option B

"Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions."

To find the object let us ask "Defense attorneys have argued WHAT?"
Answer : That "their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested".



I fully agree with you ""Defense attorneys have argued WHAT?""

However,

2 Uses of THAT

(1). To join two clauses
(2). To act as a subordinator

Here "THAT" has been used to join two clauses.

Clause 1:Defense attorneys have argued
Clause 2:
their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested

The above clause doesn't have a VERB.

Plz advise

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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 05:45
Allergy is a kind of reaction i.e behavior. So anything that connects behavior and allergy (not food allergy) will be the right choice. Sounds twisted, I know. but that's my understanding.
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Re: Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2014, 02:20
saurya_s wrote:
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients' misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.
(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior


"if X is attributet TO an Y TO some Z".. just sounds awkward.. Im confused, how can this have been an official question that existed on an actual test?

"attributed as" is just wrong, so I eliminated D/E.. C was gone because "in attributing X that is Y or Z to an A to some B" just sounds extremely awkward. B doesn't have the same extent of awkward construction but it's STILL awkward..

What's wrong with using the present participle attributing? It modifies criminal or delinquent behavior, what's the problem? That's why I went with A.

Or does "attributing" in fact modify the first noun that comes after the clause? In that case, "perpetrators... attributing", they're not attributing anything..


I would greatly appreciate if some expert could just explain what error Im making with the present participle attributing..
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