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# That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus

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Can someone explain how to tackle this one

That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault: researcher Sam Daniels, one of the leading experts on the virus, reported a quarter-century ago that the virus was effectively contained and that no action beyond education was necessary.

1)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault

2)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued to be at fault

3)It cannot plausibly be argued that it is the fault of individuals who were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence

4)It cannot plausibly be argued that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence

5)The fact that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued

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18 Feb 2010, 21:39
I think the answer is D because first two (A &B) are not matching (That many individuals). E seems too wordy.
So, C and D could be the answer. But C has it is the fault which seems wordy. So, my final answer is D.
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18 Feb 2010, 21:43
My pic is D

I read this sentence like this :-

researcher Sam Daniels, one of the leading experts on the virus, reported a quarter-century ago that the virus was effectively contained and that no action beyond education was necessary.So,It cannot plausibly be argued that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence
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19 Feb 2010, 05:19
Thanks guys . D is indeed right. Do u think that this is a tough one ??

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19 Feb 2010, 05:27
It was tough for me and took time (2 mins).
I picked D, though.

same reasoning as, bgrocker79
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19 Feb 2010, 13:11
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Can someone explain how to tackle this one

That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault: researcher Sam Daniels, one of the leading experts on the virus, reported a quarter-century ago that the virus was effectively contained and that no action beyond education was necessary.

1)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault

2)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued to be at fault

3)It cannot plausibly be argued that it is the fault of individuals who were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence

4)It cannot plausibly be argued that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence

5)The fact that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued

A and B have an awkward construction. When a sentence begins with "That....is (or do) something...." it almost always should be changed with "It....that...".
E is wordy and difficult to understand because there is a long modifier between "The fact..." and "...cannot be plausibly understand."
C is wordy compared to D: "...it is the fault of individuals..." vs "...individuals are at fault..".
Thus, we have D.
I think the question is difficult enough and takes some efforts to find the correct answer.
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I picked D just read it in reverse, only D makes sense. A & B are because of "that many individuals......an not plausibly be argued that it is" is awkward, instead it should come before plausibly be argued that
C is wordy as compared to D so out.
In E unnecessary addition of "the fact that"

So it leaves D as a best choice.
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07 Apr 2011, 14:20
+1 D

The first "it" is a placeholder.
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07 Apr 2011, 14:59
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Thanks guys . D is indeed right. Do u think that this is a tough one ??

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woah!! D makes sense ... but "wordy but correct" option caught my eye first ... any good trick to get these correct .. may be not!!
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10 Apr 2011, 21:58
"C. It cannot plausibly be argued that it is the fault of individuals who were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence"

C is wrong not only because it is wordy - it is gramatically incorrect as well.
I think for C to be correct it will have to replace 'who' with 'that' - "It cannot plausibly be argued that it is the fault of individuals that they were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence"
In the current form the sentence doesnt complete the meaning - it says who is at fault but it doesnt say what is the fault(that they were not vaccinated)
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11 Apr 2011, 03:01
does anyone feel that "for not receiving vaccination" in option D is slightly changing the meaning of original
"were not vaccinated" vs "for not receiving vaccination"?
any thoughts?
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18 Apr 2011, 16:48
Got "D" in 1:32
Explanations are next to each option
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Can someone explain how to tackle this one

That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault: researcher Sam Daniels, one of the leading experts on the virus, reported a quarter-century ago that the virus was effectively contained and that no action beyond education was necessary.

1)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued that it is their fault Too ambiguous, also it uses passive voice where it is not needed

2)That many individuals were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued to be at fault Wrong use of passive voice "were not vaccinated"

3)It cannot plausibly be argued that it is the fault of individuals who were not vaccinated against the virus before its resurgence "very close to the correct choice only odd against it is that it uses passive voice"

4)It cannot plausibly be argued that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence "Best choice"

5)The fact that individuals are at fault for not receiving vaccination against the virus before its resurgence cannot plausibly be argued
"Subject-The fact & verb-can be argued are far apart not an ideal choice"
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23 Jul 2013, 22:54
got it correct in 0:54.
A & B felt awkward to me.
Although 'It' in c is correctly used but 'it is the fault of individuals' is kinda wordy.
D:correct because - clear, concise and idiomatically correct.
E:wrong cos 'individuals are at fault' is not a fact.
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16 Aug 2013, 11:34
A,B - We need "The Fact or something which postpones the use of 'that' ".

We are left with C,D, and E

We need to specify the fault of individuals for not receiving vaccination. We don't need to describe the individuals as people who were not vaccinated. Hence we can omit C and E.

D- Correctly specifies that 'act of not receiving vaccination is not the fault of individuals'
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