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Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that can identify human facial expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating a robot that will empathize with us.

(A) expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating
(B) expressions, then responding to them; primarily to create
(C) expressions and then respond to them; the researchers' primary goal is to create
(D) expressions as well as giving a response to them; their primary goal is creation of
(E) expressions and responding to them; primarily, the researchers' goal is creating

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Re: SC. researchers [#permalink] New post 07 May 2008, 00:37
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Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that can identify human facial expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating a robot that will empathize with us.

(A) expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating
(B) expressions, then responding to them; primarily to create
(C) expressions and then respond to them; the researchers' primary goal is to create
(D) expressions as well as giving a response to them; their primary goal is creation of
(E) expressions and responding to them; primarily, the researchers' goal is creating


C, reasoning is as follows, 40% of the times I am wrong, so don't take my explanations too seriously here.

1)robots (plural) that can identify and then respond (that can action 1 and then action 2) ; eliminate A, B, D,E

2)we now get to their/researchers. Since "their" could be referring to both robots and researchers, added reasoning for A,D.

Which leaves C, E, since I mentioned I'd prefer "action 1 and then action 2" I am going for C

Requesting OA to put me out of my anxiety!
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Re: SC. researchers [#permalink] New post 07 May 2008, 02:41
C for me. C has coherent sentences on either side of the ;
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Re: SC. researchers [#permalink] New post 07 May 2008, 18:52
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sondenso wrote:
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Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that can identify human facial expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating a robot that will empathize with us.

(A) expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating
(B) expressions, then responding to them; primarily to create
(C) expressions and then respond to them; the researchers' primary goal is to create
(D) expressions as well as giving a response to them; their primary goal is creation of
(E) expressions and responding to them; primarily, the researchers' goal is creating


C, reasoning is as follows, 40% of the times I am wrong, so don't take my explanations too seriously here.

1)robots (plural) that can identify and then respond (that can action 1 and then action 2) ; eliminate A, B, D,E

2)we now get to their/researchers. Since "their" could be referring to both robots and researchers, added reasoning for A,D.

Which leaves C, E, since I mentioned I'd prefer "action 1 and then action 2" I am going for C

Requesting OA to put me out of my anxiety!


I like the way you make reasoning! :lol:
You, 60% you are right, so should not hestitate to take your explanations too seriously here. We learn from that serious. :lol:

OA is C
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The answer is definitely C here:

A. The pronoun "they" is ambiguous in this sentence - we are not sure whether this word refers to the researchers or the robots. Also, "primarily creating" is incorrect. This should actually be "primarily to create." The use of "to which they will respond" is wordy - a better version would be to place this in parallel to "can identify human facial expressions" to show that the robots can do both things.

B. The second half of the sentence (the part after the semicolon), is a fragment because there is no subject. This is incorrect because a semicolon should be sandwiched by 2 independent clauses. Also, we should put "then responding to them" in parallel with "can identify human facial expressions" to show that the robots can do both things.

C. This is the correct answer. The terms "identify and respond" are in parallel to describe the 2 things that the robots can do. Also, the second half of the sentence begins with the subject, rather than the pronoun "their" to remove the ambiguity.

D. "As well as giving" is wordy and it is not parallel to "can identify human facial expressions." Also, "creation of" should be "the creation of."

E. The word "responding" is not parallel to "identify." Also, the placement of the modifier "primarily" should be in front of the word "goal," not at the beginning of the 2nd sentence.
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Re: Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2012, 21:59
C for me too. Rest are just wrong construction around semicolon and ambiguous "they"
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Re: Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2012, 03:41
+1 C

Choice narrowed down to C & E

C is the clear winner
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Re: Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2014, 04:05
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Japanese researchers are producing a series of robots that can identify human facial expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating a robot that will empathize with us.

(A) expressions, to which they will then respond; their goal is primarily creating
(B) expressions, then responding to them; primarily to create
(C) expressions and then respond to them; the researchers' primary goal is to create
(D) expressions as well as giving a response to them; their primary goal is creation of
(E) expressions and responding to them; primarily, the researchers' goal is creating

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
C


A) I was going to say the "they" is wrong but actually "to which" makes it right because it implies the robots respond to the facial expressions. HOWEVER, the "their" erroneously refers to robots instead of researchers. Therefore, A is gone.

B) "then respondING" should be "and then respond". the verb-ing form is simply incorrect in this context.

C) in this case "them" refers to the facial expressions that the robots respond to, this is the correct intent of the author. Furthermore, "the researchers'" corrects the ambiguity we had with A; you cannot use "they" to refer to researchers this far into the sentence because the pronoun might refer to two other objects before it even begins to refer to the subject (researchers). Of course, "is" refers to "goal" and NOT to researchers and thus "is", is in fact correct. CORRECT ANSWER

D) "as well as" is weird and wordy. And again, verb-ing form does not work here, giving should be give. And AGAIN, the pronoun "their" erroneously refers to something other than researchers

E) Again, verb-ing is wrong, also "is creating" is wrong it should be the infinitive "[is] to create".

This is a classical "find the grammatical errors" because for me, ALL the wrong answers have clear grammatical issues and thus we do not need to be too careful about intended meaning.
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