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Updated on: 01 Jun 2009, 12:22
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43. Parents state that boring academic sessions at school don't hold children's attention and so lead to children's bad behavior, but if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior, children are effectively told that they can misbehave in school whenever they find the lessons boring.
A if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior
B in attributing bad behavior to boring lessons
D if you would attribute boring lessons with bad behavior
E if bad behavior is attributed to boring lessons
Pl discuss.

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Originally posted by vaivish1723 on 01 Jun 2009, 10:23.
Last edited by vaivish1723 on 01 Jun 2009, 12:22, edited 1 time in total.
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01 Jun 2009, 10:44
I guess you've missed the underline in the question.

Whats the source?
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01 Jun 2009, 10:44
Please underline or bold the portion of the question that is to be corrected.

vaivish1723 wrote:
43. Parents state that boring academic sessions at school don't hold children's attention and so lead to children's bad behavior, but if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior, children are effectively told that they can misbehave in school whenever they find the lessons boring.
A if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior
B in attributing bad behavior to boring lessons
D if you would attribute boring lessons with bad behavior
E if bad behavior is attributed to boring lessons
Pl discuss.

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01 Jun 2009, 12:32
vaivish1723,

Please underline the part of the sentence that is in question.
Now here is my take on the solution.

Idiom tested is "Attribute X to Y". "Attribute as" or "attribute with" are incorrect. Choices A / C / D are out of the race.

Attribute X to Y means, Y is the source / cause for X.

Now we need to decide which one should be X and which one to be Y between "boring lessons" and "bad behavior". In the non underlined part(or the part of the statment that is correct) it is clear that boring lessons are the cause of bad behaviour. Translating it to idiomatic format,

Attribute bad behaviour(X) to boring lessons(Y)

IMO A.
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01 Jun 2009, 17:08
My take is E.

Attribute bad behaviour(X) to boring lessons(Y) which is mentioned in E.
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01 Jun 2009, 17:57
I think it's E. A doesn't make sense since it should be attributed to as opposed to attributed as.
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01 Jun 2009, 22:34
vaivish1723 wrote:
43. Parents state that boring academic sessions at school don't hold children's attention and so lead to children's bad behavior, but if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior, children are effectively told that they can misbehave in school whenever they find the lessons boring.
A if boring lessons are attributed as the cause of bad behavior
B in attributing bad behavior to boring lessons
D if you would attribute boring lessons with bad behavior
E if bad behavior is attributed to boring lessons
Pl discuss.

What is the source of these question I have seen at least 5 questions that look mere copy of OG questions.
For the matter E is better than B despite both use correct idiom.

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