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# Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators,

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25 Jun 2009, 21:51
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Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators, needlepointers, piano players, and indeed anyone who works with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome.

(A) anyone who works
(B) anyone working
(C) workers
(D) those for whom work is
(E) any people who work

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25 Jun 2009, 23:09
"D" may sound awkward but I think it is the correct choice- Reason: Subject veb agreement. What is the OA?

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25 Jun 2009, 23:58
For me this looks fine

Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators, needlepointers, piano players, and indeed anyone working with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although 'Anyone ' is singular, to whom it refers (male/female ..etc.,) is uncertain. I guess its ok to use 'their' for such uncertain cases.

I go for B.

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26 Jun 2009, 00:08
ganeshraj wrote:
For me this looks fine

Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators, needlepointers, piano players, and indeed anyone working with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome.

Although 'Anyone ' is singular, to whom it refers (male/female ..etc.,) is uncertain. I guess its ok to use 'their' for such uncertain cases.

I go for B.

I don't think so..even if "anyone" refers to the male or female person , use of "their" is wrong..what is the OA?

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26 Jun 2009, 00:43
Hi casinoking.

Ya its just a guess.. We really have to look at the OA.
OA Pls??

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26 Jun 2009, 02:08
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I guess B...looking forwrd for OA

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26 Jun 2009, 02:09
ans shud be E.
their in the sentence refers to plural.
Any people
is a plural
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26 Jun 2009, 05:31
urchin wrote:
ans shud be E.
their in the sentence refers to plural.
Any people
is a plural

I'll also vote for E.

In the sentence Carpenters, dentists, etc are all plural. So to maintain parallelism, we should opt for something plural. The plural use is further confirmed by the use of "their hands".

Though both D and E sounds awkward , but still E is a better option.
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26 Jun 2009, 11:13
E is right..their should refer to people.

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26 Jun 2009, 12:46
I would surely go with E though it sounds a little awkward. But again what can you do, grammar rules call for E.

Carpenters, dentists, sewing machine operators, needlepointers, piano players, and indeed anyone who works with their hands for long hours can get carpal tunnel syndrome.

(A) anyone who works
(B) anyone working
(C) workers
(D) those for whom work is
(E) any people who work

The "with their hands" requires plural as its subject. And the only plural subjects in the answer choices are (C) and (E). (C) is obvisouly wrong. Hence I picked E.

What is the OA???

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26 Jun 2009, 13:12
I agree with E. I also want to know the real answer.

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