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Despite the fact that the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset

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Despite the fact that the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, have been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it may actually increase the number of car accidents occurring on the Monday after the clocks spring forward—some countries do not observe it.

A - Despite the fact that the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, have been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it may actually increase

B - Even though the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it actually increases

C - Since the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it actually increases

D - Because the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral—at best, research indicates that it may actually result in an increase in

E - Because Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to have a neutral impact, at best—research indicates that it may actually result in a possible increase in

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Ok... all sentence matter. C because we can see opposition - some countries observe and some not so it has additional effects.
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Despite the fact that the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, have been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it may actually increase the number of car accidents occurring on the Monday after the clocks spring forward—some countries do not observe it.

A - Despite the fact that the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, have been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it may actually increase

B - Even though the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it actually increases

C - Since the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it actually increases

D - Because the impact of Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to be neutral—at best, research indicates that it may actually result in an increase in

E - Because Daylight Saving Time, at the onset of which clocks are set forward by an hour, has been shown to have a neutral impact, at best—research indicates that it may actually result in a possible increase in


I was stuck between B and C. Can anyone explain please..
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I went with B but I think I see why C is correct.

The keyword here is since, which supports the last part of the sentence- some countries do not observe it. 'Even though' and 'despite' explain the contrary research finding but not the fact that countries do not observe it. If we read the complete sentence and not just the underlined part, since the research findings are x, some countries don't observe daylight savings. Makes sense!

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Can you explain the reason to eliminate option E?

I eliminated E because "may" and "possible increase" are redundant. A concise way to phrase would be "..it may actually result in increasing the number of accidents"

Let me know your thoughts
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New post 07 Apr 2019, 18:50
This question seems to have an error in every answer.

Choice C - "it" pronoun error. We donot know what it refers to - impact or daylight saving time.
Choice E - "may" and "possible increase" are redundant
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Choice C - "it" pronoun error. We donot know what it refers to - impact or daylight saving time.
My reply is not specific to this question, but you generally don't want to remove an option just because it contains an ambiguous pronoun, unless you've already checked the other options for "bigger" errors. In other words, it is possible for an option that is ambiguous to be correct.
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Can anyone explain why D is wrong?
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Can anyone explain why D is wrong?
The positioning of at best is not very good in option D.

C ...the impact of Daylight Saving Time... has been shown to be neutral, at best—research indicates that it actually increases...

D ... the impact of Daylight Saving Time... has been shown to be neutral—at best, research indicates that it may actually result in an increase in...

Option C says that the impact is neutral, at best. This is where we want the at best (close to the overall impact). Option D appears to tell us that at best, research indicates something. This makes it harder for the reader to connect the at best to DST, as it seems to (a) refer to something about the research itself or (b) say "at best, DST may actually result in an increase in the number of accidents".

The basic structure we're looking for is "its impact is neutral, at best, or (negative thing)". Option D gives us "its impact is neutral, or at best, (negative thing)".

Also, the may actually result in is slightly wordy.
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Two doubts -

1. Despite is used when there are contradictory sentences - which is present in this case. However, the correct option uses "Since".

2. "at best—research indicates that it may actually increase" - why "may" word is omitted in the correct option?
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Can you explain the reason to eliminate option E?

I eliminated E because "may" and "possible increase" are redundant. A concise way to phrase would be "..it may actually result in increasing the number of accidents"

Let me know your thoughts

pikolo2510 , I missed this tag. You are spot on.

Option (E) inserted into a shortened sentence:
Because Daylight Saving Time has been shown to have a neutral impact, at best—research indicates that it may actually result in a possible increase in the number of car accidents—some countries do not observe it.

Nice catch! Yes, may and possible are redundant:
"may actually result in a possible increase . . .

Correct answer (C) states "...it actually increases ..."

The redundancy also wobbles towards nonsense.
To my native ear, "DST may actually result in a possible increase in accidents" sounds as if it were an oxymoron. Research identifies that a non-varying factor increases accidents or it does not.

(E)'s phrasing sounds as if Daylight Saving Time is a drunk or sleepy driver who MAY cause an accident.
Sometimes sleepy drivers cause accidents and sometimes they do not.
It appears that every Monday after DST sets in, more car accidents happen.
That coincidence is not variable.
It is not possible that DST may actually increase car accidents. DST actually does increase accidents. :)
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Two doubts -

1. Despite is used when there are contradictory sentences - which is present in this case. However, the correct option uses "Since".

2. "at best—research indicates that it may actually increase" - why "may" word is omitted in the correct option?

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1. Despite is used when there are contradictory sentences - which is present in this case. However, the correct option uses "Since".


In this case, although it may seem as if we have a contradiction, we don't have one.

Research has proven that Daylight Saving Time is neutral at best.
Research has also shown that car accidents increase on the Monday after the time switch.

Daylight Saving Time at best does not help (is unproductive).
At worse, it is unproductive and counterproductive—it causes accidents is counterproductive).

Because Daylight Saving Time has neutral or bad effects, some countries do not use it.
Since DST has neutral or bad effects, some countries do not use it.

No contradiction exists.
X is neutral at best and bad at worst, so some countries do not use it.
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2. "at best—research indicates that it may actually increase" - why "may" word is omitted in the correct option?

May is omitted because it is unnecessary.
It also dilutes the sentence.
Accidents either increase or they do not.
The research shows that accidents do increase.
The "may" is a hedge or a filler.

If Daylight Saving Time is at best neutral in terms of fulfilling its original intent
to conserve energy;
and if DST does increase car accidents (not possibly increase accidents),
the logic underlying some countries' rejection of DST is stronger. :)
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