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To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of harmful emissions and their deleterious effect on our cities and citizens and find other ways to mollify the negative consequences of fossil fuel transportation.
A) To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of
B) Awareness should be raised to help those who are troubled, about
C) The troubles of those who are aware should be raised as to
D) Those who are troubled should raise awareness of
E) The ones who are troubled should be made aware of

I would like to about the quality of this question because the correct does not make any sense logically.
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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2013, 09:57
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To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of harmful emissions and their deleterious effect on our cities and citizens and find other ways to mollify the negative consequences of fossil fuel transportation.
A) To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of
B) Awareness should be raised to help those who are troubled, about
C) The troubles of those who are aware should be raised as to
D) Those who are troubled should raise awareness of
E) The ones who are troubled should be made aware of

I would like to about the quality of this question because the correct does not make any sense logically.


Hi emmak,

Yes, the question is not a very elegant one and all the choices look slightly awkward including the correct one. But the correct answer looks least bad among all choices.

If you can mark a list by the use of the word "and" in the un-underlined part of the sentence, the question becomes slightly easy to answer.

Lets only consider the important parts of the sentence.

To those who are troubled, we should raise awareness of XXX and find other ways.

A) To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of --> that used incorrectly, who is more appropriate for people, awkward construction
B) Awareness should be raised to help those who are troubled, about --> not parallel with the list marked by "and"
C) The troubles of those who are aware should be raised as to --> Sentence says that trouble should be raised, again nonsensical
D) Those who are troubled should raise awareness of --> looks the least ugly. "who" is used correctly for people and list makes sense
E) The ones who are troubled should be made aware of --> not parallel with the list marked by "and"

Correct construction reads: Those who are troubled should raise awareness of XXX and find other ways.

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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2013, 04:40
I disagree. To me, this seems like a classic case where meaning trumps parallelism. Let's focus on D and E.

D) Those who are troubled should raise awareness of --> looks the least ugly. "who" is used correctly for people and list makes sense
E) The ones who are troubled should be made aware of --> not parallel with the list marked by "and"

D implies that it's the people who are in trouble who should be raising the awareness of the harmful impact of blah blah blah.
E, for all its inelegance, gives the correct sense that it's the people who are in trouble who should be made aware (passive voice here, so it's unclear who's doing the awareness raising).

E is closer to the original meaning.

But, that said, I question the quality of the question. After all, who uses mollify (basically, to placate), when ameliorate fits much better?
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To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of harmful emissions and their deleterious effect on our cities and citizens AND find other ways to mollify the negative consequences of fossil fuel transportation.
A) To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of
B) Awareness should be raised to help those who are troubled, about
C) The troubles of those who are aware should be raised as to
D) Those who are troubled should raise awareness of
E) The ones who are troubled should be made aware of


The conjunction AND demands two parallel verbs here. The verb following AND is "find" is in simple present, so we must choose the option which uses the simple tense for parallel verb "raise".

Only option A and D use the correct form of verb "raise".
B, C, and E use passive voice for the first part, whereas the "find" verb following the conjunction "AND" demands an active subject.

Between A and D. D is concise and since we are talking of people, the usage of the pronoun "THAT" is not acceptable, particularly when we have a better option D.
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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 01:20
Even i though E is better but after rereading like 10 times i feel E is not right in meaning since it loses the original meaning. People who are affected should raise awareness people who are affected should be made aware of. Actually who should beware these people is very unclear in E. hence in the first read it looks like E is better in meaning but when you read it several times you notice E is not.

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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2013, 02:51
I chose D. I agree with connect the dots. There is no actie subject for "find". Who will "find" ?
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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2013, 05:23
Initially picked E but convinced with D after closely reading choice E.

Choice E: The ones who are troubled should be made aware of harmful emissions and their deleterious effect on our cities and citizens and find other ways to mollify the negative consequences of fossil fuel transportation.

Clearly choice E has a passive construction before AND and an active construction after it. Moreover it is not clear who is creating awareness and who must find other ways. Hence E is out.

Choice D: Those who are troubled should raise awareness of harmful emissions and their deleterious effect on our cities and citizens and find other ways to mollify the negative consequences of fossil fuel transportation.

Choice D correctly refers to those who must raise awareness and find other ways. Hence D wins.
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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2014, 11:59
option A conveys we should make aware those who are troubled, means troubled are at receiving end, but in correct choice D meaning is changed now its saying troubled should raise awareness now troubled are at giving end.

I think B is better choice as it keeps the original meaning.
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Re: To those that are troubled, we should raise awareness of [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2014, 21:38
IMO D.

A. 'that are troubled' is wrong usage. 'that' as a relative pronoun is not used to refer to people.
B. Wrong construction.
C. 'raised as to' seems odd, but we can come back to it.
D. Construction seems to be fine, but we need to check the meaning.
E. Construction seems to be fine, but we need to check the meaning.

Let's check the meaning of the original sentence. The 'we' in original sentence refers to 'people who are troubled'. So, the sentence means that the people who are troubled are the ones who should raise awareness and blah blah.

C and E are out for wrong meaning.

Only D has the right construction and conveys the right meaning.
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