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Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 13:40
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Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

(A) Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

(B) Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

(C) Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

(D) Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

(E) Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

The OA is D, why not E
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Re: please explain [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 14:15
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IMO D.

A ) Original sentence- maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible - conveys wrong meaning
B ) Awkward sentence
C ) "Because they desire to be as thin as possible" can not modify "good eating habits "
D ) "Because they desire to be as thin as possible" correctly modifies young female ballet dancers - no pronoun reference error - correct answer choice
E ) they - can refer to Young female ballet dancers or good eating habits - pronoun reference error.
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Re: please explain [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 20:36
IMO it is D,
but have no idea, why E is less preferable.
It looked perfectly fine to me...
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Re: please explain [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2009, 22:32
In E, the 'they' after 'because' refers to eating habits. Hence, wrong.
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Re: please explain [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2009, 09:56
Thx ssandeepan, I found hard to choose between D & E but your explanation is very clear
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Re: please explain [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2009, 10:00
D for me, E they is ambiguous...
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Re: Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2012, 09:34
+ 1 D.
because modifier correctly modifies dancers(subject)
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