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# Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium

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Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium is spread and why the disease it causes, listeriosis, afflicts some people in a contaminated area though it spares many others.

A. though it spares

B. where it spares

C. despite sparing

D. when sparing

E. while sparing

I got this question correct b/c I decided to go w/ my gut on this one. All other answer choice just seemed incorrect and didn't display the contrast. However, I would like to know why we grammatically do not need ||ism here: "afflicts" w/ "spares" why sparing is ok.

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25 Oct 2007, 21:45
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
Doctors still know little about how the Listeria bacterium is spread and why the disease it causes, listeriosis, afflicts some people in a contaminated area though it spares many others.

A. though it spares

B. where it spares

C. despite sparing

D. when sparing

E. while sparing

I got this question correct b/c I decided to go w/ my gut on this one. All other answer choice just seemed incorrect and didn't display the contrast. However, I would like to know why we grammatically do not need ||ism here: "afflicts" w/ "spares" why sparing is ok.

Cannot provide a grammatical reasoning. This SC is very similar to the one raised by 'SIMAQ'.

Between 'C' & 'E'.

go for 'E'. as 'afflicts' and 'sparing' are independent actions.

And 'sparing' - adjective, seems a good usage to bring out the IRONY with a flavour of ellipsis in it.

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