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Even though the disease has been eliminated in most of Africa, thousands of Sudanese are still in danger of contracting Guinea worm disease, a sometimes-crippling disease spread by the Dracunculus medinensis virus.

A)are still in danger of contracting
B)are still in danger to contract
C)still have a danger of contracting
D)are still endangered by contraction
E)still have a danger that they will contract


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This question tests the knowledge of the correct idiom "to be in danger of (something)." We don't say that somebody "has a danger" but that somebody "IS in danger of..." Also the expression "to be endangered by contraction" sounds awkward. Thus the only answer that uses the correct idiom is
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Answer A
- (A) is concise and idiomatically correct. The proper form is "in danger of X'ing". The phrases "in danger to X", "have a danger of X'ing", and "have a danger that they will X" are all unidiomatic, so we eliminate (B), (C) and (E).

(D) subtly changes the meaning of the sentence. The original sentence states that thousands of Sudanese are in danger of contracting the disease, meaning that they might contract the disease. (D) suggests that thousands of Sudanese have already contracted the disease, and are thus in danger. This may be true, but it changes the meaning of the original sentence, so we eliminate it.

That leaves (A), which is correct.
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Answer A
- (A) is concise and idiomatically correct. The proper form is "in danger of X'ing". The phrases "in danger to X", "have a danger of X'ing", and "have a danger that they will X" are all unidiomatic, so we eliminate (B), (C) and (E).

(D) subtly changes the meaning of the sentence. The original sentence states that thousands of Sudanese are in danger of contracting the disease, meaning that they might contract the disease. (D) suggests that thousands of Sudanese have already contracted the disease, and are thus in danger. This may be true, but it changes the meaning of the original sentence, so we eliminate it.

That leaves (A), which is correct.



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Question 27 in the Official Guide 11 tests the same idiom.
Re: Even though the disease has been eliminated in most of Afric   [#permalink] 06 Nov 2013, 08:09
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