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Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 08:15
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Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic abnormality in parents of children with Down's syndrome, which they believe, instead of the age of the mother, may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.
(A) which they believe, instead of the age of the mother, may be
(B) which, they believe, may be more important than the age of the mother as
(C) believe this abnormality and not the age of the mother as being
(D) believe that this abnormality, other than how old the mother is, may be
(E) believe that this abnormality, rather than the age of the mother, may be

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Re: Down's syndrome [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 11:48
I go for E.

see may explanations below:

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Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic abnormality in parents of children with Down's syndrome, which they believe, instead of the age of the mother, may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.
(A) which they believe, instead of the age of the mother, may be - Medical researches ARE NOT ,which, but WHO
(B) which, they believe, may be more important than the age of the mother as - Medical researches ARE NOT ,which, but WHO
(C) believe this abnormality and not the age of the mother as being -- being is often wrong, lets keep an eye on it.
(D) believe that this abnormality, other than how old the mother is, may be it is closer , but the intended meaning is that NOT this abnormality , but mother's age .
(E) believe that this abnormality, rather than the age of the mother, may be - here is parallelism is maintained and correct idiom is used X, rather than Y, where X=Y are parallel, here is the abnormality is parallel to the age.

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Re: Down's syndrome [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 11:52
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Re: Down's syndrome [#permalink] New post 23 May 2010, 17:29
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Re: Down's syndrome [#permalink] New post 26 May 2010, 06:13
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Re: Down's syndrome [#permalink] New post 26 May 2010, 06:22
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No, why did you ask me ? Why did you think so ?
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Re: Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 09:20
I am rewriting the original sentence with E AC :

Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic abnormality in parents of children with Down's syndrome, believe that this abnormality, rather than the age of the mother, may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.

Now by removing the first and second non-essential modifiers from above we have:

Medical researchers believe that this abnormality may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.

the sentence is awkward?
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Re: Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2013, 08:25
omidsa wrote:
I am rewriting the original sentence with E AC :

Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic abnormality in parents of children with Down's syndrome, believe that this abnormality, rather than the age of the mother, may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.

Now by removing the first and second non-essential modifiers from above we have:

Medical researchers believe that this abnormality may be the cause of this congenital birth defect.

the sentence is awkward?


I understand that you are pointing at the ambiguity which has creeped in due to the two 'this'.
IMO there is no ambiguity because there is only one abnormality mentioned in the entire sentence so 'this abnormality' clearly refers to that. And similarly, 'this congenial birth defect' refers to Down's syndrome.
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Re: Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2013, 02:17
Can you please help me understand why B wrong?
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Re: Medical researchers, who have identified a genetic [#permalink] New post 06 Oct 2013, 02:24
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Can you please help me understand why B wrong?


which and that when used as a relative pronoun ==>theY cannot refer to HUMAN BEINGS
HERE MEDICAL RESEARCHERS ARE HUMAN BEING ...AND HENCE THE USAGE OF WHICH TO REFER THEM IS WRONG....CORRECT USAGE IS WHO


WHO and WHOM can only refer to human beings...

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