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A bite from the tsetse fly invariably paralyzes its victims unless an antidote is administered within two hours.

(A) its victims unless an antidote is administered
(B) its victims unless an antidote can be administered
(C) its victims unless an antidote was administered
(D) its victims unless an antidote is administered to the victims
(E) its victims unless they receive an antidote

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E should be the best option.

A, B, and C do not clarify to whom the antidote is administered. Only E does this.

"can be administered" in option B does not make sense. "can be administered" = "It is possible to administer" is not the same as "is administered".
"administering antidotes" saves a person; "ability to [=can] administer" CANNOT.

"unless an antidote is administered to the victims" -- unnecessarily wordy and indirect compared with option E.
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In option E “it’s victims unless ‘they’ receive an antidote”. Isn’t “they” ambiguous? They= fly or they= victims?

Even though D have more words in it this ambiguity is cleared!!

Can someone throw some light on it.

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In option E “it’s victims unless ‘they’ receive an antidote”. Isn’t “they” ambiguous? They= fly or they= victims?

Even though D have more words in it this ambiguity is cleared!!

Can someone throw some light on it.

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Here THEY refers to the victims (PLURAL)
But the FLY is singular and thus THEY cannot refer to it and as a result their is no ambiguity in option E
Option D will not be chosen due to redudancy
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In option E "they receive an antidote" seems to be passive voice, because of which i selected D
Please correct me

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New post 05 Dec 2019, 04:53
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In option E "they receive an antidote" seems to be passive voice, because of which i selected D
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Oh, it's the other way round Ridhi! Option D uses passive voice.

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