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Several recent studies show that a child born into a family whose members have a history of drug abuse probably themselves abuse illegal drugs later in life.

(A) a child born into a family whose members have a history of drug abuse will probably themselves abuse illegal drugs
(B) children born into families whose members have a history of drug abuse will probably themselves abuse illegal drugs
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have a history of illegal drug use will probably abuse illegal drugs
(D) in those families where members have a history of illegal drug abuse, children will probably abuse illegal drugs themselves
(E) children born into families in which there is a history of illegal drug abuse will themselves probably abuse illegal drugs
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(A) A child born into a family whose members have a history of drug abuse will probably themselves abuse illegal drugs A child (singular) and themselves (plural). S-V disagreement

(B) Children born into families whose members have a history of drug abuse will probably themselves abuse illegal drugs. S-V disagreement amended; right choice

(C) A child born ‘into a family the members’ of which have a history of illegal drug use will probably abuse illegal drugs. ‘into a family' and 'the members’ do not merge without a connecting preposition The correct expression should be ‘into a family of the members’ .

(D) In those families where members have a history of illegal drug abuse, children will probably abuse illegal drugs themselves. ‘Families’ is not a place; ‘where’ is a wrong pronoun to use in this context.


(E) children born into families in which there is a history of illegal drug abuse will themselves probably abuse illegal drugs; ‘into families in which there is a history’ is not as forthright and crisp as is ‘whose members have a history’ . Hence not appropriate.
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Re: Pronoun question [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2011, 21:50
i chose E. but daagh is correct. it should be B. daagh is there any other reason to eliminate E other than "sounding right" ? because i am not sure if i could do that in a exam as sounding rite is a matter of opinion, might vary from one person to the other. if E could be eliminated because of any other reason like ||lism(it is not ||lism, i chkd) or something please let us know.
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Re: Pronoun question [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 05:59
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@Vinzycoolfire: Unable to locate any other error in E;
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Re: Pronoun question [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2011, 10:16
B - children ... family WHOSE members... of drug abuse WILL ....
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