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Dental caries and gingivitis can be exacerbated not only by [#permalink]
25 Aug 2006, 00:19
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Dental caries and gingivitis can be exacerbated not only by the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them.
(A) not only by the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them
(B) by not only the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them
(C) not only by the foods patients eat but also by time when the foods are eaten
(D) by not only the foods that are eaten by patients but also by the times the foods are eaten
(E) not only by what patients eat but also by when they eat it
Picking E over A.
1) not only ...... but also
2) E is concise and ||.------> when they eat.....what they eat....
3) "them" in A makes me uncomfortable although I am not sure whether it is wrong. _________________
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Last edited by buzzgaurav on 25 Aug 2006, 03:04, edited 1 time in total.
I do agree that E sounds very convincing and definitely more concise. But what is the 'it' refering to?? I know that it implies food. So is it ok to use the 'it' here?
Since I was not sure, I ended up picking B because them was refering to foods.
Any explainations would be helpful
Them in this case doesn't seem to refer to food. It kind of seems to refer to people! The "it" in E has to refer to food because there's nothing else mentioned in that sentence that "it" could refer to ...