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An industry with a history of systematically funding efforts to suppress or discredit research on the harmful effects of its products, the tobacco industry cannot be trusted to research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to cancer.

(A) research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to

(B) research on if electronic cigarettes lead to

(C) research into whether electronic cigarettes could potentially lead to

(D) fund research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to

(E) fund research into the potential of electronic cigarettes for causing
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The correct idiom is 'research on'.
a. Correct
b. 'If' is used in conditionals not to ask questions
c. 'research into' is wrong
d. 'trusted to fund research' changes meaning of original sentence
e. 'research into' is wrong and 'trusted to fund research' changes meaning of original sentence

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An industry with a history of systematically funding efforts to suppress or discredit research on the harmful effects of its products, the tobacco industry cannot be trusted to research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to cancer.

Understanding the Intended Meaning of the sentence : Tobacco industry is known for its systematical funding to suppress or discredit research on the harmful effects of its products, so it cannot be trusted to fund research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to cancer.

Option A, B and C can be quickly eliminated because as per the intended meaning Tobacco industry is not itself researching instead its funding someone else to research. ALso, research on is an idiomatic usage, so option D is the correct answer.

(A) research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to
'fund' is missing before research. Incorrect.

(B) research on if electronic cigarettes lead to
'fund' is missing before research. Also, the usage of 'whether' is required here. Incorrect.

(C) research into whether electronic cigarettes could potentially lead to
'fund' is missing before research. 'research into' is not idiomatic. The expression 'electronic cigarettes could potentially lead to' is wordy. Incorrect.

(D) fund research on whether electronic cigarettes lead to
Correct.

(E) fund research into the potential of electronic cigarettes for causing
The potential of electronic cigarettes for causing is INCORRECT. It is totally non sensical to talk about the capability or potential of the cigarettes to cause cancer. Usage of 'to cause' is preferred over 'for causing'.

OA should be D. :-)

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New post 29 Oct 2017, 06:01
i think research into is correct ..will go with C

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With aceGMAT21

Correct answer must be (D) for the explanation provided..
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aceGMAT21 wrote:
OA should be D. :-)

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You're right, it's D. However, for now, I recommend that test takers use the following guidance for research:

1. Treat to research on/into/about (verb form) as incorrect.

2. Be open to research on/into/about if research is used as a noun.

So, (a) the research on, (b) the research into, and (c) the research about should be okay. But (a) I want to research on, (b) I want to research into, and (c) I want to research about should not be considered correct.

At an individual level some test takers could be comfortable using to research on/into/about, but we'll avoid that as a result of the position taken in OG2017 #697.
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