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Helen's mother was recovering at the hospital when she suffered a second fatal attack

A. when she suffered a second fatal attack
B. but then suffered a second fatal attack
C. when she suffered a second and fatal attack
D. and then suffered a second fatal attack
E. when a second fatal attack was suffered
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 03:56
Could you please explain what is wrong with C?

My prefrence was second and fatal, and not second fatal
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 04:20
stolyar wrote:
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C is best

there cannot be a second fatal attack.

what does it mean second fatal...

it means there was a first fatal attack..duh!

Heart Attack, if its fatal, there is no second time :twisted:
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Official ans : C

praetorian123, good explanation.
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 13:27
agree with the answer.

a question though ... are we supposed to know/assume something like 'fatal' = death?
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 13:50
Guess we are to asssume it, fatal=death
Very good explanation and we have to beware of those traps.
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 14:03
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"a second, fatal, attack" would be just fine, no?
Under this construction, "second" and "fatal" both refer to "attack"?
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New post 18 Dec 2003, 16:09
other than it being impossible for someone to have a "second fatal attack" I believe it is a perfectly good construction; simple and concise
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New post 19 Dec 2003, 06:52
Can some verbal geeks clarify further on this question ?
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New post 22 Aug 2007, 15:50
Bump!!

Convinced with C but would like to know if this Q is off OG standard!
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