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Many writers of modern English have acquired careless habits [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2008, 23:10
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Many writers of modern English have acquired careless habits that damage the clarity of their prose, but these habits can be broken if they are willing to take the necessary trouble.
(A) but these habits can be broken
(B) but these habits are breakable
(C) but they can break these habits
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 09:36
x97agarwal wrote:
IMO b/w A and C. I will go with C

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Many writers of modern English have acquired careless habits that damage the clarity of their prose, but these habits can be broken if they are willing to take the necessary trouble.
(A) but these habits can be broken
(B) but these habits are breakable
(C) but they can break these habits (substitute writers in place of they)
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken


OA is C
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 09 Aug 2008, 21:14
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Many writers of modern English have acquired careless habits that damage the clarity of their prose, but these habits can be broken if they are willing to take the necessary trouble.
(A) but these habits can be broken
(B) but these habits are breakable
(C) but they can break these habits
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken


We need to talk about writers not their habits. Only C) does it.
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2010, 09:25
between A & C, i went with A. I thought they in C is ambiguous. Can anybody explain this.. thanks
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 01:01
(C)

(A) but these habits can be broken
(B) but these habits are breakable
(C) but they can break these habits
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 08:38
C is the correct answer
Pronoun that immediately follows the "but" which comes after a comma ,unambiguously refer to the first subject in the statement. here it refers to the scientists in C. Moreover we are talking about scientists. So the correct answer is C.
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2011, 11:24
C. Active; 'they' is used in the non-underlined part as well.
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 05 May 2011, 12:28
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Many writers of modern English have acquired careless habits that damage the clarity of their prose, but these habits can be broken if they are willing to take the necessary trouble.
(A) but these habits can be broken
(B) but these habits are breakable
(C) but they can break these habits
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken


Many writers of modern English have acquired ..., but they can break these habits if they are willing .....trouble.
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In choice C, the subjects are absolutely parallel and same across the structure, therefore the most perfect choice. I hope the reasoning should be enough. Please let me know, if any flaw in this.
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 24 May 2011, 07:30
C, refers to writers NOT the habits.. They can break the habits instead of the habits being broken etc. etc.
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Re: sc-english [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2011, 18:18
C is best which shows proper Parallelism as well

but they can break these habits if they are willing to take the necessary trouble.
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