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Despite the warnings that tobacco companies are now required to issue, some attorneys still attempt to file lawsuits against tobacco companies on behalf of smokers; but in attributing smoking to tobacco companies, the smokers are in effect told that they are not responsible for their own decisions.

A.) in attributing smoking to tobacco companies
B.) in attributing the act of smoking to tobacco companies
C.) in attributing tobacco companies as the cause of smoking
D.) if smoking is attributed to tobacco companies
E.) if tobacco companies are attributed as the cause of smoking
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Originally posted by rakp on 30 Jun 2012, 22:52.
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The smokers are not attributing the smoking to tobacco companies - the lawyers are. Therefore A, B, and C are out.

Between D and E, D wins on account of being clear and direct as compared to E.

D it is.
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ya - D

but 'if' is conditional - is it the same here? i chose D bcs it sounds correct.
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ABC lose becos of mis-modification; E loses because of using wrong idiom, ‘attributed as’ rather than ‘attributed to’.
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attributed as - Incorrect so C and E are Out
B is wordy-Incorrect
A -but in attributing .. does present the condition that author wants to present
D- More logical and concise- Attributed to is correct idiom
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Despite the warnings that tobacco companies are now required to issue, some attorneys still attempt to file lawsuits against tobacco companies on behalf of smokers; but in attributing smoking to tobacco companies, the smokers are in effect told that they are not responsible for their own decisions.

A.) in attributing smoking to tobacco companies
B.) in attributing the act of smoking to tobacco companies
C.) in attributing tobacco companies as the cause of smoking
D.) if smoking is attributed to tobacco companies
E.) if tobacco companies are attributed as the cause of smoking


Choices A, B, and C are wrong because of the intended meanings of the clauses which need to using conditional phrase. Choice E is wrong because of wrong usage - attributed as. It should be "attributed to". The remain choice D is the most correct one in term of meaning as well as grammar.
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The tricky part of this question is to notice that (A) - (C), all mistakenly modify 'the smokers.' In this case, 'the smokers' are not doing any of the attributing. The 'told that they' shows that some other agent is responsible for the attributing.

By using the conditional 'if' we fix the problem of modification.

Finally, to choose between (D) and (E), we rely on the proper idiom: attribute to.

Therefore (D) wins out.

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rakp wrote:
Despite the warnings that tobacco companies are now required to issue, some attorneys still attempt to file lawsuits against tobacco companies on behalf of smokers; but in attributing smoking to tobacco companies, the smokers are in effect told that they are not responsible for their own decisions.

A.) in attributing smoking to tobacco companies
B.) in attributing the act of smoking to tobacco companies
C.) in attributing tobacco companies as the cause of smoking
D.) if smoking is attributed to tobacco companies
E.) if tobacco companies are attributed as the cause of smoking


Choices A, B, and C are wrong because of the intended meanings of the clauses which need to using conditional phrase. Choice E is wrong because of wrong usage - attributed as. It should be "attributed to". The remain choice D is the most correct one in term of meaning as well as grammar.


Should it not be "if..................then........" construction? please explain.
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ABC lose becos of mis-modification; E loses because of using wrong idiom, ‘attributed as’ rather than ‘attributed to’.


Hi sir,

Apart from idiom , is there any other mistake in E. for example if it had been written as attributed to so should we chose E over D...
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I do not think there will be much of of a difference between D and E in that case
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Smoking[the effect] is attributed to tobacco companies[the cause] is the correct usage as in D. The reverse relationship as in E is wrong.

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