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# Tricky SC 1000: Smoker Hostility

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Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could walk me through the grammar on each answer choice. I was able to narrow the answers choices down to (a) and (e), but I went with (a). I would appreciate any tips or advice you have on problems such as these. I am working hard to improve my SC, and Verb Tense is surely my Achilles heal. Thanks.

In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that their prospects for being hired and promote are being stunted by their habit.

a. In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that

b. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

c. When referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently express anxiety about

d. With reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

e. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently express anxiety that
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21 Dec 2010, 20:55
I think it's down to c and e. You need present tense "express anxiety" not expressed anxiety here. E has a flaw in that it has smoker in singular- it should be smokers; based on that I'd say it's C

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I think the word ‘smoker’ in E is a typo. It should be the plural ‘smokers’. With that impediment removed, the answer must be clearly E . In addition, C uses a full fledged clause after the preposition “about”, which is not grammatical. E sets it right by using a subordinate conjunction ‘that, justifying the use of a clause after that.
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21 Dec 2010, 21:43
That makes sense. Thanks. What are the 'things' in English which can be followed by a clause in a context such as this...
Other than a "that" what else would work as a substitute?

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21 Dec 2010, 21:45
tonebeeze wrote:
Hello all,

I was wondering if someone could walk me through the grammar on each answer choice. I was able to narrow the answers choices down to (a) and (e), but I went with (a). I would appreciate any tips or advice you have on problems such as these. I am working hard to improve my SC, and Verb Tense is surely my Achilles heal. Thanks.

In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that their prospects for being hired and promote are being stunted by their habit.

a. In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that

b. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

c. When referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently express anxiety about

d. With reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

e. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smoker frequently express anxiety that

Can you re-check the option E written here.. because i think its smokerS in the option E.

E should be the correct answer.. .if the option E mentions smokers , let me know i will explain the same. between A and E , A uses past tense where non underlined part require usage of present tense

I prefer to take reference from the non underlined part whenever i am stuck or wheni am not getting any clue on how to proceed
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21 Dec 2010, 22:15
Sorry for the typos gang. (E) is "smokers", as you all suggested. Thanks.
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12 Jul 2016, 06:07
The OA should be E but the options have been wrongly put over here, it should be "smokers" in option E else it will be a subject verb agreement error and the best fit would be option A
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12 Jul 2016, 08:23
tonebeeze wrote:
In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that their prospects for being hired and promote are being stunted by their habit.

a. In reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety that

b. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

c. When referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently express anxiety about

d. With reference to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently expressed anxiety about

e. Referring to the current hostility toward smoking, smokers frequently express anxiety that

'Anxiety that' is preferred than 'anxiety about' because smokers are anxious for something and not anxious about their prospects.

B, C abd D are out.

Out of A and E- 'Referring to the current hostility toward smoking' correctly modifies 'smokers' in option E.

And hence is the correct choice.

P.S- Choice E has been modified.
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