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Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it can be avoided if the aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve until the tablet reaches the intestine.


(A) Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it

(B) The irritation of the stomach caused by aspirin

(C) The fact that aspirin causes irritation of the stomach

(D) Aspirin causes stomach irritation, although it

(E) Aspirin irritates the stomach, which

Originally posted by lgon on 18 Nov 2008, 22:42.
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Hey Munda,

Yes, which can modify either a noun:

The house, which I love, is on fire.

Or a noun phrase:

The beautiful house on the hill, which I love, is on fire.

IT CANNOT, however, MODIFY A CLAUSE (a phrase that has a verb and noun in it).

(E) Aspirin irritates the stomach, which

"Aspirin irritates the stomach" is a clause, not a noun or a noun phrase. "Which" here can only be modifying "stomach." This makes little sense in light of the rest of the sentence.

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I would choose (B).

(A) you can eliminate because "it" refers to either the aspirin or the stomach-- neither of which is an "avoidable" object. Similarly, in (D) it is unclear whether or not "it" refers to either the aspirin or the irritation. Assuming it does refer to the irritation, it's still awkward and wordy with the unnecessary "although".

(C) is wrong because the "fact" is also not an "avoidable" object.

(E) is incorrect, because "which" modifies the noun immediately preceding it-- "stomach" which is incorrect. Stomach is not an "avoidable" object.
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Although (B) is PASSIVE, it does not present any referent ambiguity; it is succinct,
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i have read that the which clause can modify a noun phrase and not only a noun.So I chose E.
I am kinda confused about the use of the which clause now
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lgon wrote:
Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it can be avoided if the aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve until the tablet reaches the intestine.


(A) Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it
(B) The irritation of the stomach caused by aspirin
(C) The fact that aspirin causes irritation of the stomach
(D) Aspirin causes stomach irritation, although it
(E) Aspirin irritates the stomach, which



first of all we have to find out what can be avoided if aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve....
Its the irritation. So it should come as a subject or if we use any clause, it should refer the irritation.
A- it does not refer the irritation. Actually we dont know what it refers
C- Here its Fact can avoided ...TOTALLY WRONG
D- we don't know what it is referring. either aspirin or irritation
E- which is not referring to irritation

B - The subject is irritation that can be avoided .. CORRECT
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Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it can be avoided if the aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve until the tablet reaches the intestine.


(A) Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it
"ït" has ambiguous antecedent -incorrect
(B) The irritation of the stomach caused by aspirin
hold;
(C) The fact that aspirin causes irritation of the stomach
incorrect- "the fact" can be avoided? meaning error
(D) Aspirin causes stomach irritation, although it
contrast is improper when "although"is used.
(E) Aspirin irritates the stomach, which
"which" is modifying stomach - incorrect

(B) is passive but the ambiguity of "it"is not there ; irritation can be clearly avoided-right answer choice
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Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it can be avoided if the aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve until the tablet reaches the intestine.


(A) Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it

Here we have an ambiguous 'it.'

(B) The irritation of the stomach caused by aspirin

The head of the noun phrase, 'irritation', logically refers to the 'can be avoided'. Don't let the 'caused by' fool you. This is not passive tense but is modifying 'irritation.'

(C) The fact that aspirin causes irritation of the stomach

One is not avoiding the 'fact' but rather the 'irritation.'

(D) Aspirin causes stomach irritation, although it

Ambiguous 'it.'

(E) Aspirin irritates the stomach, which

This is implying that the stomach should be avoided (remember the touch rule with 'which').
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New post 15 Sep 2012, 05:30
I got this question wrong because I eliminated option B, seeing the passive form.
I've learnt a new lesson. Don't eliminate option only because of passive form, other options may have genuine problems.


lgon wrote:
Although aspirin irritates the stomach, it can be avoided if the aspirin tablet is given a coating that will not dissolve until the tablet reaches the intestine.

(B) The irritation of the stomach caused by aspirin


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