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Doctors sometimes insist that their patients’ illnesses are the result of depression, but in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder, the patients are in effect told that these illnesses are all in their head.

A. in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder
B. if these ailments are ascribed as the cause for a psychological disorder
C. in ascribing a psychological disorder as the cause for these ailments
D. if these ailments are ascribed to a psychological disorder
E. in ascribing a psychological disorder to these ailments
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Doctors sometimes insist that their patients’ illnesses are the result of depression, but in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder, the patients are in effect told that these illnesses are all in their head.

A. in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder
B. if these ailments are ascribed as the cause for a psychological disorder
C. in ascribing a psychological disorder as the cause for these ailments
D. if these ailments are ascribed to a psychological disorder
E. in ascribing a psychological disorder to these ailments



POE -- D is best here
A , C and E are out --modification error ...Ascribing must point to doctor ..
Between B and D --D is best

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Doctors sometimes insist that their patients’ illnesses are the result of depression, but in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder, the patients are in effect told that these illnesses are all in their head.

A. in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder
B. if these ailments are ascribed as the cause for a psychological disorder
C. in ascribing a psychological disorder as the cause for these ailments
D. if these ailments are ascribed to a psychological disorder
E. in ascribing a psychological disorder to these ailments


The new idiom out here is "ascribe to".
Reference : http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ascribe

Based on the error in idiom usage, eliminate choices B and C (ascribe as)

Notice that option E has reversed the sequence.
Doctors attribute ailments to psychological disorder and not the other way around.
Hence, eliminate E based on change in meaning.

Option A uses "in ascribing....blah blah, the patients". The patients never ascribed anything.
Eliminate on the grounds of incorrect modifier usage.

Answer: D

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Straight in: D.
'Ascribe to' is the idiom

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Doctors sometimes insist that their patients’ illnesses are the result of depression, but in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder, the patients are in effect told that these illnesses are all in their head.

A. in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder
B. if these ailments are ascribed as the cause for a psychological disorder
C. in ascribing a psychological disorder as the cause for these ailments
D. if these ailments are ascribed to a psychological disorder
E. in ascribing a psychological disorder to these ailments


Solution


In analyzing the decision points between the five answer choices, you should first notice the difference between “in ascribing” in (A), (C), and (E) and "if these ailments are ascribed" in (B) and (D).

Additionally, you should see that (B) and (C) contain the words “as a cause” while the other choices do not.

Probably the easiest of those decision points to assess is the addition of “as a cause”.

The word "ascribe" already means "to credit or assign, as to a cause or source" so (B) and (C) are redundant.

For (A) and (E) the use of the modifying phrase “in ascribing” illogically modifies the patients, suggesting that the patients are the ones doing the ascribing.

Clearly, it is the doctor who is doing the ascribing and the “if” clause, which does not then modify the patients, makes the meaning logical.

Correct answer is (D).
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amol143 wrote:
Doctors sometimes insist that their patients’ illnesses are the result of depression, but in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder, the patients are in effect told that these illnesses are all in their head.

A. in ascribing these ailments to a psychological disorder
B. if these ailments are ascribed as the cause for a psychological disorder
C. in ascribing a psychological disorder as the cause for these ailments
D. if these ailments are ascribed to a psychological disorder
E. in ascribing a psychological disorder to these ailments


Solution


In analyzing the decision points between the five answer choices, you should first notice the difference between “in ascribing” in (A), (C), and (E) and "if these ailments are ascribed" in (B) and (D).

Additionally, you should see that (B) and (C) contain the words “as a cause” while the other choices do not.

Probably the easiest of those decision points to assess is the addition of “as a cause”.

The word "ascribe" already means "to credit or assign, as to a cause or source" so (B) and (C) are redundant.

For (A) and (E) the use of the modifying phrase “in ascribing” illogically modifies the patients, suggesting that the patients are the ones doing the ascribing.

Clearly, it is the doctor who is doing the ascribing and the “if” clause, which does not then modify the patients, makes the meaning logical.

Correct answer is (D).


Could you please explain how ascribing modifies Patients not doctor? Usually, ing modifies the subject of preceding clause. As you stated ascribe means " to cause ", does ascribe fits with doctor? How can a doctor cause something?

Please advise

For (A) and (E) the use of the modifying phrase “in ascribing” illogically modifies the patients, suggesting that the patients are the ones doing the ascribing.

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