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Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 21:55
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Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium is spread and why the disease it causes, listeriosis, afflicts some people in a contaminated area though it spares many others.

(A) though it spares
(B) where it spares
(C) despite sparing
(D) when sparing
(E) while sparing

Can anyone explain the solution of the question?What does option A and E mean in simple english?
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Re: 1000 SC Question-249 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2009, 23:10
though introduces a contrast which is not required here

while introduses a case happening at the same time when the other is occuring...

and IMO the s/c here is describing that the disease is afflicting some people while sparing others is more appropriate then saying that

the disease afflicts some people , though it spares other

E for me
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Re: 1000 SC Question-249 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 01:07
Hey, dude, can u pls underline the quest.

in A & B it has no clear referance. A&B out
Despite, When seem irrelevant here
E is my ans
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Re: 1000 SC Question-249 [#permalink] New post 01 Dec 2009, 03:41
"it" in choose A and B could be "Listeria bacterium" or "contaminated area". Hence "it" has no clear referent
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Re: 1000 SC Question-249 [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2010, 07:08
Whats wrong with A?
Actually, the || between afflicts and spares sounds good to me.
Please clarify.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 19:36
I made the same mistake but it could also be that "IT" in the underlined sentence could refer to the area which is the noun closest to it ....
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 20:13
the 'it' in option A and B refers to 'it' in 'disease it causes' hence to the bacteria.

but, i think E makes the most sense here.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 20:17
IMO the answer is C.
D and E speak about the time frame.I dont think thats the intention of this sentence.A and B use "it" which has no reference. So C.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 21:11
+ 1 E, "though" and "despite" are not suitable in this case.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2011, 21:28
IMO E.

A B - 'it' has no clear referent.
B - where - is wrong
C - despite sparing - 'though', 'despite' are used to show contrast which is not needed here.
D - when - is wrong we should refer to the period
E - while sparing others is the right usage here which occurs at the same time.

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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 11:59
IMO A

A has clear referent. This is beacuse "It" is used twice and they should refer same subject "Listeria bacterium".
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 06:11
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IMO A

A has clear referent. This is beacuse "It" is used twice and they should refer same subject "Listeria bacterium".


I agree ... cannot find any fault with A ...
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 06:37
I narrowed the answer choices down to A and E and then I got stuck. Can anyone please clarify.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 13:05
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 13:13
E

This is a tough question, but I think if you are answering SC based on intuition, you should get E no problem. Take a look at this link.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 01:07
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+ 1 E, "though" and "despite" are not suitable in this case.




Hi ,
Can you please tell me ehy " despite" is not suitable here?
I understood it as , despite many live there the bacteria is effecting only few

Correct me , If I'm wrong.
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Re: Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium [#permalink] New post 31 Jan 2013, 07:38
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+ 1 E, "though" and "despite" are not suitable in this case.




Hi ,
Can you please tell me ehy " despite" is not suitable here?
I understood it as , despite many live there the bacteria is effecting only few

Correct me , If I'm wrong.



Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium is spread and why the disease it causes, listeriosis, afflicts some people in a contaminated area despite/while sparing many others.

Look at the meaning:

Doctors know little about :
1. why the bacterium afflicts some people
2. why the bacterium spares some people

Both are relevant questions. And despite = regardless.
When you use despite, the sentence would imply the doctors are interested only for the afflicted cases.

Despite is used when one action is considered unnecessary or overlooked for the other. It is not used to represent two simultaneous actions or event.
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