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During the summer of 1998, the reason for virtually every unusual weather condition, from droughts and heat waves to floods and storms, was said to be caused by El Nino.

A) said to be caused by
B) blamed on
C) attributed to
D) supposed to be due to
E) said to be
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13 Aug 2004, 12:41
E... the reason was said to be El Nino... as in El Nino is the reason.
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13 Aug 2004, 14:48
it seems like A would say:

the reason was said to be caused by El Nino...

i think A would be more appropriate if the sentence wasn't talking about "the reason".
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13 Aug 2004, 17:31
Paul wrote:
During the summer of 1998, the reason for virtually every unusual weather condition, from droughts and heat waves to floods and storms, was said to be caused by El Nino.

A) said to be caused by
B) blamed on
C) attributed to
D) supposed to be due to
E) said to be

C looks correct..but I am taking risk and choosing B.

A, D and E are wordy.
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Paul wrote:
During the summer of 1998, the reason for virtually every unusual weather condition, from droughts and heat waves to floods and storms, was said to be caused by El Nino.

A) said to be caused by
B) blamed on
C) attributed to
D) supposed to be due to
E) said to be

My initial reaction was to lean toward C, but then I realized that B and C are both in the same boat, and neither one of them is really better than the other. Plus, Paul wouldn't post a SC unless it was counter-intuitive

I think this SC plays a trick on the ear. It is the reason that's the subject here, hence only E makes sense. You don't blame or attribute a reason to someting, but "a reson...said to be El Nino" makes sense.
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15 Aug 2004, 17:38
lastochka wrote:
Paul wrote:
During the summer of 1998, the reason for virtually every unusual weather condition, from droughts and heat waves to floods and storms, was said to be caused by El Nino.

A) said to be caused by
B) blamed on
C) attributed to
D) supposed to be due to
E) said to be

My initial reaction was to lean toward C, but then I realized that B and C are both in the same boat, and neither one of them is really better than the other. Plus, Paul wouldn't post a SC unless it was counter-intuitive

I think this SC plays a trick on the ear. It is the reason that's the subject here, hence only E makes sense. You don't blame or attribute a reason to someting, but "a reson...said to be El Nino" makes sense.

E could change the meaning of the sentence. Between B and C, I think C is much better.
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15 Aug 2004, 18:36
OA is E! Nice Sige and Iatoshka.
OE: Since the words the reason appear earlier in the sentence, choices A through D are all redundant; each somehow refers to the concept of cause and effect, which is already included in the word reason. Choice E is logical: "the reason... was said to be El Nino".
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15 Aug 2004, 19:02
Phew... I was getting scared on this one!
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