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The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms.

(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms
(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear

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Can somebody tell the difference between A and B.
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12 Jun 2010, 10:03
The difference between A and B is
My reasoning is -
1) Fear is well founded - i.e. Its based upon the past
2) you will have to exclude the people undergoing the treatment of rabies in the sample you want to investigate. You don't know whether they will recover or not at present.

do the investigation first -> "have recovered from the disease" makes more sense.
than saying "few people are known to recover from the disease.

Its kind of CR question. Need evidence first to reach the conclusion. A is a hasty generalization. B is good.

B it is.
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12 Jun 2010, 13:51
B it is.

Just wondering why C is wrong....clarify plz.
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12 Jun 2010, 13:57
C : "there" is passive. OUT

(C) there (where????) are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
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13 Jun 2010, 14:00
geeezzz......option C is ridiculous...

sorry for seeking clarifications....

Good point brought out tough.......also "few known people" changes the meaning totally.

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13 Jun 2010, 18:32
can any one explain what are wrong with D & E?
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14 Jun 2010, 04:25
E is awkward construction.......E is not the best possible way to write it.

(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease

"few known people" changes the meaning...it should be "few people are known to have"

known people....don't need known people for this...
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14 Jun 2010, 06:06
a few things that i know.

whenever you see anything in the form of there are.... there is..... think of what is important. i mean,
there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
the red part is what is being stressed on when 'there' is used, and the blue part is just an after thought. but according to the meaning both the parts are important. hence, CD are out.
PS: there are other glaring mistakes too, but this just to show the 'there..' concept.

and verbs are prefered to nouns any day. stylistically speaking B is better than A. recovered and appeared are best suited in verb form.
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22 Apr 2011, 06:28
+1 B

B has a better logical sense.
The fear of rabies is well FOUNDED because of some FACTS in the past.
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22 Apr 2011, 22:24
Nice question...
Picked C.. but got to know my mistake..
Nice explanation by nusmavrik...

should be B...
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23 Apr 2011, 07:26
Another point in favor of B - "known to have recovered" present perfect sense, which is correct given that the process of making such observations is still going on.
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