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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
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I would go with A for conciseness.
B's "to an allergy to some food" seems wordy to me
C) relative pronoun "that" is not required and actually makes it wordier
D and E are redundant for when you attribute X to Y, you don't need to say "attribute X as the cause of Y"
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I believe it's B

A,C,D are all wrong because they use "in attributing" without specifying WHO is attributing

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OlegC wrote:
I believe it's B

A,C,D are all wrong because they use "in attributing" without specifying WHO is attributing


Sorry. But in other choices, the use of "if" is awful
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D and E are out because they do not use a right idiom (to attribute x to y).
A and C are out because they sound like perpetrators are the ones who attribute behavior to allergy. I think the ones who attribute behavior to allergy in the SC are attorneys.

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D and E are out because they do not use a right idiom (to attribute x to y).
A and C are out because they sound like perpetrators are the ones who attribute behavior to allergy. I think the ones who attribute behavior to allergy in the SC are attorneys.

Nice DMJ, yes, your explanation is the reason why A is rejected.
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by attributing, not in attributing, so (A), (C), (E) are out.

(D) is out, food allergy is attributed to be the cause, not as the cause
(B) for me.

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I wanted to pour in my explaination for this question just to consolidate in my mind:

Idiom Usage:
1. One attributes X, an effect, to Y, a cause
2. X (an effect) is attributed to Y.

(D) : wrong Idiom usage
(E) : wrong Idiom usage
(C): Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients' misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food, the perpeptrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

Now lets see Independent sentence starting with but:
in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food, the perpeptrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions

"in attributing..." : Prepositional Phrase is modifying immediate Noun i.e. Perpetrators and thus conveying wrong meaning. So, this choice is wrong.

(A): wrong : same as (C).
(B): Correct of the lot.


However, it is quite confusing/awkward to use "but" alongwith "if".

What do you guys think?

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Yes, if & but are coordinating conjuctions. I had read somewhere that they should not be placed together.

What is the OA?





Sorry, I was wrong, 'if' is not a coordinating conjuction. :(

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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients' misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpe¬trators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.
(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

Please explain.

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vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients' misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpe¬trators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.
(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy => unclear meaning
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food => awkward
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior => awkward

Please explain.


(B) it is

Between (B) and (D), (B) wins because of right idom ( ... attributed to ...)

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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior




Can someone please provide me with a grammatical explanation to this question? what is it testing here cause I got it wrong. thanks

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OA is B

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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy
(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food
(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food
(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior
(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior

stuck between B and C. Please help. Thanks :)

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For me, B is concise and 'an allergy to some food' is less ambiguous than 'some food allergy'.
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to add to walker's explanation, "Attributed To" is the correct idiom here.

also the choices starting with "in attributing.." make it sound like the perpetrators are doing the "attributing"

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Thanks Buffdaddy, I compared B and D rather than B and C... :?
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Defense attorneys have occasionally argued that their clients’ misconduct stemmed from a reaction to something ingested, but in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy, the perpetrators are in effect told that they are not responsible for their actions.

Note - The conjuction 'but' is followed by an independent clause

(A) in attributing criminal or delinquent behavior to some food allergy - is a modifier and the noun following it should be the attorneys because it's the attorneys who are attributing criminal behavior to some food allergy, not the perpetrators.

(B) if criminal or delinquent behavior is attributed to an allergy to some food

(C) in attributing behavior that is criminal or delinquent to an allergy to some food - also a modifier and has the same flaw as answer choice 'A'.

(D) if some food allergy is attributed as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior - Idiom. Attributed to

(E) in attributing a food allergy as the cause of criminal or delinquent behavior - Same as 'A'.

Ans is B

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A vs B for me.
I went with A on this as it appeared more concise. Not so sure after seeing the plethora of B's :?

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why not E?


See explanation above by "Legend" on why E is not the best option.

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