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According to some psychologists, the attention that has been paid in recent years to misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow its importance as a positive socializing force.

A. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow
B. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency to overshadow
C. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency of overshadowing
D. guilt that is misplaced or taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow
E. guilt that is misplaced or taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency of overshadowing.





Can anyone explain why the use of "that" is needed? Thanks!
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According to some psychologists, the attention that has been paid in recent years to misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow its importance as a positive socializing force.

A. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow
B. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency to overshadow
C. misplaced guilt and guilt taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency of overshadowing
D. guilt that is misplaced or taken to neurotic extremes has tended to overshadow
E. guilt that is misplaced or taken to neurotic extremes has a tendency of overshadowing.



Look in the underlined part "its importance" - singular
This means we need to find some singular subject to which "its" refers ... it can not be attention because then sentence will become awkward and meaning less.

Option D and E gives us "guilt" - singular subject
Also, tendency to is the correct idiom therefore we D is the only option left.

Now, if we use split and re split method, it tells us that attention has been paid to guilt and guilt has overshadow its own importance ....
everything fits and thus ans is D
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New post 10 May 2011, 23:41
I'd go with this question:

What is being overshadowed? It is the importance of something [as a positive socializing force of something]. This something must have been clearly pointed and described in the previous part of the question. That is the problem being presented in the question stem. The best way to resolve it is to identify what that something is and then modify it as clearly as possibly in the fewest words.

Now you can use the process of elimination.

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New post 16 May 2011, 09:15
misplaced guilt -- not correct usage of adjective phrase here. tended to is correct usage here.

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