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# A bite from the tsetse fly invariably paralyzes its victims unless an

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03 Apr 2017, 11:56
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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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03 Apr 2017, 20:53
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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".

"unless an antidote is administered to the victims" -- unnecessarily wordy and indirect compared with option E.
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25 Nov 2019, 18:03
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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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25 Nov 2019, 19:49
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MeghnaIjjapureddy wrote:
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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05 Dec 2019, 03:44
In option E "they receive an antidote" seems to be passive voice, because of which i selected D

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05 Dec 2019, 03:53
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In option E "they receive an antidote" seems to be passive voice, because of which i selected D

Oh, it's the other way round Ridhi! Option D uses passive voice.

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09 Dec 2019, 06:12
why is D wrong in this question ?
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09 Dec 2019, 06:41
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Hi Aarushi, the only difference is passive (option D) and active (option E), though I don't recollect such things getting so explicitly tested in official questions.
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