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# The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past'

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The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past' history- where brothers slit each other's throats in a gory race to kinghood - can and does not seem appalling; but still does.

A. can and does not seem appalling; but still does.
B. can and does seem appalling; but still does not.
C. should and does seem appalling; and still does.
D. can and do not seem appalling; but still do.
E. may and does seem appalling; but still doesn't do so.
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24 Sep 2012, 06:40
In my opinion answer should be C, and as the sentence should use 'should' instead of'can'.. As can has that element of doubt whereas should has the tone of force and of. Sentence correctly joins two independent clauses by a semicolon

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24 Sep 2012, 11:08
I feel its A. What's the overall.
This is a good meaning type SC. What's the level of question.

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24 Sep 2012, 12:09
I ll go with Option D

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Sentence requires a contrast X is thought to exist,can or cannot exist,but it exists..... Do should be used after but so as to repeat Slit each other's throat
Option has got and after condition which makes the intent incomplete.
May and does seem is redundancy
Can and does seem is redundancy
Use of does is incorrect

Its a good question
Pls post OA
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24 Sep 2012, 20:00
OA is C
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24 Sep 2012, 23:46
This depends on the meaning of the sentence. How can we affirmatively say 'should'
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25 Sep 2012, 03:13
sajini wrote:
OA is C

Experts please tell the intended meaning of the sentence as I am really confused.
I feel B is the anwer now after searched the meaning of appalling!
Expert advice is required why C is correct.
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25 Sep 2012, 06:39
One reason i feel C is the correct answer since it has "and" in between use of but after semi colon makes the clause as dependent clause.
Hence i feel all except C is wrong
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27 Aug 2013, 20:49
Can someone please give a detailed explanation...I could'nt understand the question
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27 Aug 2013, 20:58
The sentence after the semicolon has to be an independent clause so that the sentence can stand on its own.

I don't see that in any of the sentences. Can somebody explain this in detail??

What is the source of this question?
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29 Aug 2013, 01:03
Weird question. Just could not comprehend it and the ans choices
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02 Jan 2014, 20:52
I have no idea what the sentence is saying...
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I have no idea what the sentence is saying...

The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past' history- where brothers slit each other's throats in a gory race to kinghood - can and does not seem appalling; but still does.

While reading the question stem, we see that a portion of the sentence is dashed. This is called an "em dash" or a "dash" and it replaces commas, semicolons, colons, and parentheses to indicate added emphasis, an interruption, or an abrupt change of thought. The info provided between the dashes gives additional information about sibling rivalry. For convenience, you can ignore the same. The construction is now as follows.

The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past' history can and does not seem appalling; but still does.

Further breaking it down (or rather expanding it - by placing the omitted verb + object)

The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past' history can seem appalling, and does not seem appalling; but still does.

A. can and does not seem appalling; but still does.
can seem appalling and does not seem appalling - doesn't make sense.
B. can and does seem appalling; but still does not.
can seem appalling and does seem appalling; but still does not - doesn't make sense again
C. should and does seem appalling; and still does.
should seem appalling and does seem appalling; and still does - Good enough.
D. can and do not seem appalling; but still do.
can seem appalling and do not seem appalling - doesn't make sense again
E. may and does seem appalling; but still doesn't do so.
may seem appalling and does seem appalling; but still doesn't do so - wordy (after semicolon) and doesn't make any sense.
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The misnomer that sibling rivalry is a thing of the 'past' history- where brothers slit each other's throats in a gory race to kinghood - can and does not seem appalling; but still does.

A. can and does not seem appalling; but still does.
B. can and does seem appalling; but still does not.
C. should and does seem appalling; and still does.
D. can and do not seem appalling; but still do.
E. may and does seem appalling; but still doesn't do so.

C.
"should " means morally right or wrong. "It should appear gory infact it genuinely does appear gory."
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18 Oct 2015, 08:13
Convoluted sentence with several negatives. But considering that ‘can’ means capacity, the combination can seem appalling looks a dubious. Does the word ‘sibling rivalry' have the capacity to appear shocking? After all, sibling rivalry is no more than a word. So why it is a wrong name or why sit should be shocking is anybody’s wonder.

So I think 'can' does not a have a locus standi in the circumstances. So I make bold to dump A, B and D. Between C and E, I would prefer C because E uses ‘but and still’, a redundancy.
Incidentally what does ‘past’ history mean? Is there a present history or future history?
Unfathomable question.
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