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# Common knowledge tells us that sensible exercise and eating

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Common knowledge tells us that sensible exercise and eating properly will result in better health.

a. eating properl will result
b. proper diet resulted
c. dieting will result
d. proper diet results
e. eating properly results

its c or d? official ans is d. but how come "results"?
"sensible exercise and proper diet" is plural isn't it?

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02 Dec 2003, 06:58
D is wrong for your reason. AND forms a plural subject and so requires an appropriate verb. All the options with RESULTS are wrong. C is the best.

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02 Dec 2003, 08:41
Hmm... I think D is wrong also. Well at least not convinced so. But if I had to pick one, I'd pick A. Nothing wrong with how it's structured.

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02 Dec 2003, 09:13
i would go for d ,
There seems nothing wrong with D ,

sleeping properly and proper diet, .. whats wrong with this

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02 Dec 2003, 10:23
D is correct b/c it is parallel:

sensible exercise and proper diet,

A, C, and E are incorrect b/c they are not parallel:

this is not to say that we can't use eating or dieting to start the underlined portion of the sentence, but if we choose to use any of these two, we have to change the first part of the sentence to exercising or sensibly exercising for it to remain PARALLEL....

i think that's what this question is testing, so A, C, and E are out and B is out b/c of "resulted"...we don't want past tense...

my two cents...

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02 Dec 2003, 12:16
I vote for D too .. but could someone explain the issue with 'results' which is singular .. is that correct? if so then how come?

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02 Dec 2003, 12:25
Even I am confused now. I thought A is correct as it is.

Is the following considered singular subject....
sensible exercise and proper diet

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02 Dec 2003, 18:36
B and D are the best, but in this context we can't use the past tense.
D it is...

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03 Dec 2003, 09:06
Two nouns joined by AND require a plural verb to follow.

"Dieting" is a gerund acting as a noun so there is parallelism between sensible exercise and dieting.

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03 Dec 2003, 09:32
So does it mean that D is wrong then? What is the official answer? explanation?

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03 Dec 2003, 09:35

This question is all over the web, but it looks not to have come from ETS or Kaplan (who generally do a good job writing questions), but rather from some guy's website.

We need an answer that is parallel, in the present tense, and uses the plural form "result". None of the choices give it to us.

The question is garbage, the answer is garbage.

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03 Dec 2003, 09:39
I like your explanation the best

If someone has this from one of the official sources (ETS, PR, Kaplan etc) drop in a message here.

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