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# Despite no proof that the consumption of any particular

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Despite no proof that the consumption of any particular foods reverse hardening of the arteries, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods could help reverse blockage of coronory aryeries, the blood vessels that feed the heart.

a) Despite no proof that the consumption of any particular foods reverse hardening of the arteries, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods could

b)Despite no foods having been proved to reverse hardening of the arteries when consumed, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods can

c) Although the consumption of no particular foods have been proved to reverse hardening of the arteries, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods could

d)Although not proved that the consumption of any foods reverse hardening of the arteries, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods can

e)Although it has not been proved that the consumption of any particular food will reverse hardening of the arteries, studies indicate that refraining from eating certain foods can

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05 May 2004, 17:25
E is the best. Explanation will follow if correct.
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05 May 2004, 17:54
E is correct
Any particular food (not foods)
can instead of could (should be consistent with "indicate")
Present Perfect Tense "has not been" is correct as "the proof" effort started in past and continues till present moment

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05 May 2004, 18:53
srijay007 wrote:
can instead of could (should be consistent with "indicate")
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Could you elobarate on "can and could usage"?

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06 May 2004, 01:42
Agree with E.

there is some good information here
http://ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/tenses/f ... tm#perfect
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08 May 2004, 01:17
jrustin wrote:
Going against the grain.... I think it's A.

Hi Jrustin

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The answer was already provided by the author. Its E. would you like an explanation to why A is wrong?

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08 May 2004, 04:09
Despite is a wrong word to bring in contrast here. It looks as if the
studies went against there being no proof. From the meaning point of view
this usage of "despite" is awkward.

A) Despite + Noun (no proof) is correct. But the restrictive clause after "that" has a subject verb agreement error. It should be
"consumption of any particular foods reverses hardening of the arteries"

B) Foods are not proved to reverse hardening of the arteries but consumption of foods is. B says exactly opposite of this

C) subject-verb agreement error here. Consumption + of + Noun/Noun phrase + has been

D) Same subject and verb agreement problem here. Use "reverses" instead of "reverse"

E) it also uses "reverse" but in future tense and hence it is correct.
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09 May 2004, 18:45
got E, but thought of reading all the replies before pushing in my answer.

good explanation, anand.
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10 May 2004, 09:47
srijay007 wrote:
can instead of could (should be consistent with "indicate")
-Sri

Could you elobarate on "can and could usage"?

My guess:
"it has not been proved" ... means the effort to prove started in past and is still continuing in present.
So present tense for both "indicate" and "can"
10 May 2004, 09:47
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