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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
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10 Jan 2010, 06:36
Seems like a E to me. what is the OA?
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10 Jan 2010, 06:42
E...
A and E are the only two close to be ans ,.. however A has "it", a pronoun error..
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10 Jan 2010, 07:39
Yeah OA is E but don't you think while should be used only when you are simultaneously doing two works
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10 Jan 2010, 08:36
angel2009 wrote:
Yeah OA is E but don't you think while should be used only when you are simultaneously doing two works

Hi Angel, I think your note about "while" applies to this context. You are correct; "while" is used when you are doing two things simultaneously. But almost any kind of noun can do two things at once; my kitchen can do two things at once; the GMAT can do two things at once. ("The GMAT stresses me out while honing my guessing skills.")

Here, the subject of the clause is the "disease." The "disease" can do two things simultaneously, just like you can do two pieces of work at once.

Think of the disease as an active entity. It can do two activities at once. The two activities are "afflicting" and "sparing." Thus the disease "afflicts" some people while "sparing" others.

Just my \$0.02. Any other thoughts?
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10 Jan 2010, 13:10
E seems right.
It afflicts some and at the same time spares the rest.
At the same time, meaning simultaneous justifies the use of while.
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11 Jan 2010, 01:14
A and B has "it" out of C, D and E, E looks best although not the ideal choice.
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13 Jan 2010, 09:36
angel2009 wrote:
Yeah OA is E but don't you think while should be used only when you are simultaneously doing two works

Essentially the question says the disease is doing two works, afflicting some people and not afflicting others. So IMO, E.

dmetla wrote:
E for me whats the OA?

As stated above, the official answer is E.
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13 Jan 2010, 12:01
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A , B and c sounds completely out of place to me

between choice D and E E seems to be more appropriate to me
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16 Jan 2010, 18:56
E is the answer because it clears the meaning
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