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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans

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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans (A recent spate singular)
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans (same as A)
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans (its has no antecedent, if were that would be reports, which is plural)
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans- (Correct)
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans- ( A disaster, They has no antecedent, "Should" is not necessary, They should follow... Is an independent clause)
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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans


The big difference between C and D is that C has no actual antecedent so D is correct

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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans


The issue with option C is that it implies the practitioners belong the recent spate of news reports. The pronoun "it" cannot be taken by "a recent spate of news" and there has to be a proper antecedent.

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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans



A recent spate of news reports is a singular subject as we know that noun in prepositional phrase can not be the subject of the sentence
A its is ambiguous i.e it can refer to diets or A recent spate of news reports
B their is also ambiguous
C its is ambiguous
D is correct
E that should come after diets and this sentence is long whereas D is succinct and does the job in less words
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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans (A recent spate singular)
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans (same as A)
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans (its has no antecedent, if were that would be reports, which is plural)
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans- (Correct)
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans- ( A disaster, They has no antecedent, "Should" is not necessary, They should follow... Is an independent clause)


Would you explain what is antecedent?
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The issue with using "its" is essentially the lack of a logically correct antecedent. The boy, despite having assumed the worst soon found out that he got into Yale. The term "the boy" is the antecedent, to which the pronoun "he" refers to. The issue with using "it" is that the "recent spade f news reports" would have to be the antecedent...but you have to ask yourself how can a recent spate of news reports own a set of practitioners? It's practitioners? Whose practitioners? See what I'm saying?

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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans


1)A and B has subject verb agreement
2)in C its has no clear referent.
3)in D should means moral obliged and it is bit wordy.
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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
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Can anyone explain the answer? Thanks.
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A recent spate of news reports questioning the long-term health benefits of high-fat diets have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans - spate of new reports - singular ---> has to be "HAS"
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans - same as B
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans - to what "its" refers is unclear - is it spite, diets, or? Eliminate
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans - Correct - as we can see, instead of "its" "these diets" - now it is clear
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets (that) they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans -without that we have not sentence

Frankly speaking i am not sure, what option would be better, if in E was "that".
It is not the case here. But maybe experts will say?
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This question has subject verb agreement error. Since a recent spate is the subject, has should be used and not have. Hence we are left with C,D and E. In C its cannot refer to the diets and hence the usage is wrong. In E convince should be followed by an infinitive or that. Hence answer is D.

A. have done little to convince its practitioners that they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
B. have done little to convince their practitioners to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
C. has done little to convince its practitioners to follow more traditional weight loss plans
D. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets to follow more traditional weight-loss plans
E. has done little to convince practitioners of these diets they should follow more traditional weight-loss plans
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