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Benford’s Law, stating that certain numbers appear more often in nature than do others, is so counterintuitive that when used as evidence in trials where financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution, even if the numbers strongly point to malfeasance.

A) when used as evidence in trials where financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution, even if
B) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy by the prosecution, even when
C) when used as evidence in financial fraud trials, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy on the prosecution’s part, even if
D) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, the evidence is often construed by the prosecution as a desperate ploy, even when
E) when used as evidence in trials concerning financial fraud, such evidence is often construed as a desperate ploy used by the prosecution, even when
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Tricky question. Chose E.

Idiom : Construed as is correct. Construed to be is wrong. Eliminate B and C.

Meaning : Benford's law is NOT construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution. The evidence is construed as a desperate ploy. Eliminate A

'If Vs When' : If it is certain that something has happened, is happening or will happen, we have to use WHEN. If we are uncertain about the outcome, use if which is a conditional. In our case, we are pretty sure that evidence is construed as a desperate ploy and thus we use when. Answer E
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To simplify as much as possible, the logic here is that these are declarative statements and hence are not conditional. They are said as matters of facts, or truths. So any choice that includes the conditional conjunction ‘if’ is wrong diction. Only E does not commit that error.
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Benford’s Law, stating that certain numbers appear more often in nature than do others, is so counterintuitive that when used as evidence in trials where financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution, even if the numbers strongly point to malfeasance.

A) when used as evidence in trials where financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution, even if
B) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy by the prosecution, even when
C) when used as evidence in financial fraud trials, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy on the prosecution’s part, even if
D) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, the evidence is often construed by the prosecution as a desperate ploy, even when
E) when used as evidence in trials concerning financial fraud, such evidence is often construed as a desperate ploy used by the prosecution, even when


Interesting one:
- Idiom construed as right idiom
- A -> where VS in which or ing-modifier

Choice E
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A) when used as evidence in trials where financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed as a desperate ploy on the part of the prosecution, even if
B) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy by the prosecution, even when
C) when used as evidence in financial fraud trials, it is often construed to be a desperate ploy on the prosecution’s part, even if
D) if used as evidence in trials in which financial fraud is concerned, the evidence is often construed by the prosecution as a desperate ploy, even when
E) when used as evidence in trials concerning financial fraud, such evidence is often construed as a desperate ploy used by the prosecution, even when


if ---is used for conditions
so B,D are out

C----financial fraud trials---meaning is changed

out of A,E-----E seems better with construction and usage
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