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Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not．

(A) a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
(B) when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
(C) a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
(D) when a condition is present and indicate its presence
(E) the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence

Please explain. Parallelism Vs Pronoun antecedent War in my mind.
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Please underline correction portion next time.
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has to be in b/w A and C .
Detect what-- Detect a condition.
C is better than A as ' There is one' doesn't make sense in A
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I got E. "the presence of a condition" needs to follow "fail to detect".

fail to detect (what??: the presence of a condition)
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05 Sep 2011, 23:58
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I got E. "the presence of a condition" needs to follow "fail to detect".

fail to detect (what??: the presence of a condition)

DONT U THINK E HAS REDUNDANCY..HOW ABT d
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13 Sep 2011, 02:29
Okay let me try this.

We all can say B and D is out because of the use of when. The sentence is into future tense so the use of when is not justified.

Among A and C. A condition does not relate it to the medical tests.We need to have some concrete reference. Now in this the use of "presence" gives an added meaning to the phrase a condition so that is why I choose it.

Would request someone more to answer this with a better explanation if any.
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13 Sep 2011, 20:12

both the 'it' s in C correctly refer back to the condition.

E is wrong.
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Sorry my answer is wrong. The correct explanation is :-

First, let's think about what the sentence is trying to say without pronouns - it's trying to point out a problem and its obverse: detect a condition when the condition is present vs. indicate that the condition is present when the condition is not present.

A) does a fine job with the first bit (detect a condition when it is present) but messes up the second bit "indicate that there is one when it is not" - indicate there is one what? One condition? It sounds like it's saying something like "one condition exists." The point is to indicate the presence of the condition in a particular circumstance, not its mere existence on the planet.

B) repeats that same error

C) does a fine job with the first bit (detect a condition when it is present) and the second bit (indicate it is present when it is not). Fine.

D) muddies the meaning by moving "when" to the front (B does this too). It sounds like the test just can't detect the timing of the condition, as though, sometimes I have cancer and sometimes I don't and the test can't tell when I do or don't. Really, the test is failing to detect the condition itself, not the timing of the condition. See E for the problem at the end of this choice.

E) "indicate its presence when it is not" is incorrect - that translates as "indicate its presence when it is not presence (last word implied)" which doesn't make any sense. We need to say "indicate that it is present when it is not present (last word implied)." Also "the presence of a condition when it is there" is wordy. "a condition when it is present" is much cleaner.

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+1 for C. please correct ur 1st post
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25 Sep 2011, 22:59
It's an OG question. Question#84
Correct OA is C.
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14 Mar 2012, 18:36
I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "condition" or "medical test" ?

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14 Mar 2012, 21:24
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I need help on this.
Isn't the referent of "it" ambiguous in C?

What does "it" refer to? The "condition" or "medical test" ?

"a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present "
Here "it" is directly referring to condition which itself is in the option..
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29 May 2012, 06:33
I googled this question and a different forum lists C as the correct answer. Could you list the source please?
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29 May 2012, 07:40
I got C but, ooo my, given OA E made me think 100 hundred times what is wrong with C.
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29 May 2012, 10:17
please verify and post the OA !! my morale went down for a second after seeing E as the OA !!
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31 May 2012, 07:56
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please verify and post the OA !! my morale went down for a second after seeing E as the OA !!

Based on this http://www.manhattangmat.com/forums/og- ... -t905.html

and any-medical-test-will-sometimes-fail-to-detect-a-condition-80445.html?fl=similar

I think C is actually the OA
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Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not．
(A) a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
(B) when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
(C) a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
(D) when a condition is present and indicate its presence
(E) the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence

Please explain. Parallelism Vs Pronoun antecedent War in my mind.

"when" in choice B and D makes sense that the medical test cannot detect the timing of a condition.
=> B and D is out
In choice A, the first part "a condition when it is present" is fine, but the second part "indicate that there is one", "one" is ambiguous and sounds like "one condition exits".
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13 Jun 2012, 22:03
IMO C... have checked OA is also C. Option E is awkward & wordy
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Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not．
(A) a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
(B) when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
(C) a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
(D) when a condition is present and indicate its presence
(E) the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence

Please explain. Parallelism Vs Pronoun antecedent War in my mind.

Please correct the OA. I chose c but the answer being highlighted is e which is wrong,

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