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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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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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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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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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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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07 Jan 2011, 08:38
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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20 Jan 2011, 11:24
C. Active; 'they' is used in the non-underlined part as well.
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05 May 2011, 12:28
spriya wrote:
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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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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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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09 Jun 2015, 02:04
(A) but these habits can be broken > Passive
(B) but these habits are breakable > Passive
(C) but they can break these habits
(D) which can be broken
(E) except that can be broken
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