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# Alcohol is the only drug that is soluble in both fat and

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Alcohol is the only drug that is soluble in both fat and [#permalink]

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15 Jul 2004, 01:43
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Alcohol is the only drug that is soluble in both fat and [url]water; as such it can enter all parts of the human body, affecting[/url] virtually every cell and biological pathway.
A.
B. water; as such entering all parts of the human body, and affecting
C. water, as such entering all parts of the human body, which affects
D. water, and as such entering all parts of the human body to affect
E. water, which can enter all parts fo the human body to affect
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15 Jul 2004, 01:49
B is the best choice. (Sentence is checking for parallelism.. effecting, entering)
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15 Jul 2004, 03:55
I would say it is D. My reasoning:

The punctuation in A is wrong. When two independent clauses are united by a phrase, this phrase is separaded by a semicolon and comma.

Alcohol is the only drug that is soluble in both fat and water; as such, it can enter all parts of the human body, affecting[/url] virtually every cell and biological pathway.

Also, A offers a vague pronoun (IT). Alcohol or water?
B employs wrong punctuation as well though it looks OK (concise and parallel). But semicolon is clearly wrong.

Ideas?
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15 Jul 2004, 04:05
Well, I voted A not because I like this choice but because the others seem to be even worse

There is nothing grammatically wrong with A at least
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15 Jul 2004, 04:16
Me thinks its B

stolyar wrote:
I would say it is D. My reasoning:

...

B employs wrong punctuation as well though it looks OK (concise and parallel). But semicolon is clearly wrong.

Ideas?

Yes, B has the punctuation error. But D also seems incorrect.
"..water, and as such entering ... to affect..." seems incorrect to me.

More ideas?
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15 Jul 2004, 04:17
Concur with Stolyar! you need independent clause after semi-colon, so (B) is out.

A,C,E all has pronoun reference error.

(D) is fine.
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15 Jul 2004, 08:14
53s , went with A.

B is wrong because one doesnt know what is entering the body, there has to be a subject or a pronoun reference
C is wrong because , the human body seems to be doing the affecting
D (most likely contender) I am not too comfortable using the continous tense here , usage of "entering" made me chose A
E is wrong because, water seems to be doing the affecting

my ans is A.
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15 Jul 2004, 08:56
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15 Jul 2004, 10:18
1min 21s and concluded with E

But convinced that D is correct - my mistake - I missed focussing on D
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15 Jul 2004, 11:12
A is best
B and C are discarded because they each have independent clauses, without any subject, after the semi-colon
D) what follows "and" should be an independent clause but yet, the latter part has no subject
E) "which" has unclear referent
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15 Jul 2004, 14:33
A for Aha!

It's the inherent characteristic of alcohol which affects the body. The "to affect" in D is not correct in my opinion. The accidental affect is compared to justified affect.

Alcohol enters the body and affect virtually everyâ€¦â€¦â€¦
Alcohol enters the body to affect virtually everyâ€¦â€¦
15 Jul 2004, 14:33
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