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Dental caries and gingivitis can be exacerbated not only by the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them.

(A) not only by the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them
(B) by not only the foods patients eat but also by when the patients eat them
(C) not only by the foods patients eat but also by time when the foods are eaten
(D) by not only the foods that are eaten by patients but also by the times the foods are eaten
(E) not only by what patients eat but also by when they eat it
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24 Aug 2006, 23:30
Picking E over A.
1) not only ...... but also
2) E is concise and ||.------> when they eat.....what they eat....
3) "them" in A makes me uncomfortable although I am not sure whether it is wrong.
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25 Aug 2006, 01:50
buzzgaurav wrote:
Picking E over A.
1) not only ...... but also
2) E is concise and ||.------> when they eat.....what they eat....
3) "them" in A makes me uncomfortable although I am not sure whether it is wrong.

Well, I pick A over E....

I am not sure if it in E has a clear referent... I don't think it can refer to what !!!
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25 Aug 2006, 03:31
I'll go with E.

My take is -
E: it refers to the food eaten by the patients
A: them cannot refer to the food eaten by patients.
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25 Aug 2006, 03:51
kripalkavi wrote:
I'll go with E.

My take is -
E: it refers to the food eaten by the patients

Where is food mentioned in E...for all we know they could be eating garbage...

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A: them cannot refer to the food eaten by patients.

them can surely refer to foods...
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25 Aug 2006, 06:28
"them" at the end of B makes it the trap answer.

Clearly (E) here. that....it...
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25 Aug 2006, 09:19
(E) is the answer. "It" cannot refer to anything else in this sentence.
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25 Aug 2006, 17:54
Hmm... I'll vote for E... although I don't like the 'it' at the end of the sentence.
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25 Aug 2006, 17:56
OA? drum roll....
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26 Aug 2006, 04:21
yes .. it in E clearly refers to "what" they eat ... ( food what else) ... also the construction is more || ... OA plzzzzz..
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26 Aug 2006, 05:23
I am just a little confused here.

I do agree that E sounds very convincing and definitely more concise. But what is the 'it' refering to?? I know that it implies food. So is it ok to use the 'it' here?

Since I was not sure, I ended up picking B because them was refering to foods.

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26 Aug 2006, 05:28
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I am just a little confused here.

I do agree that E sounds very convincing and definitely more concise. But what is the 'it' refering to?? I know that it implies food. So is it ok to use the 'it' here?

Since I was not sure, I ended up picking B because them was refering to foods.

Them in this case doesn't seem to refer to food. It kind of seems to refer to people! The "it" in E has to refer to food because there's nothing else mentioned in that sentence that "it" could refer to ...
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26 Aug 2006, 09:43
OA is E
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