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Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950s and early

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962. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom of the 1950’s and early 1960’s that predicted the processes of modernization and rationalization would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.

(A) would gradually undermine it
(B) to be a gradual undermining of it
(C) would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity
(D) to gradually undermine ethnicity
(E) gradually undermining it

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Re: SC1000 - 962 - wisdom [#permalink]

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New post 24 Jul 2007, 10:43
This is a good question because it underlines the basic SC principal, pick the best available not necessarly correct.
'it' in A can be misleading big time so we look for other options and we find D but the sentence would not make sense without 'would'. So, left with A.

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New post 24 Jul 2007, 11:11
A. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom that predicted <pause> the processes of <whatever> would gradually undermine it, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance.
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C. Contrary to the scholarly wisdom that predicted the processes of <whatever> would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity, ethnicity is a worldwide phenomenon of increasing importance


I thought C was obvious no because it did not fit well. ‘The process of realization would be a gradual undermining of ethnicity’

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New post 24 Jul 2007, 11:33
D for me. It sounds clear to me. Also 'it' seems ambiguous as it may refer to ethnicity or scholarly wisdom. Thus C is clear.

What is the OA?

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