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# Genes not inherited from your parents, long thought to be irrelevant

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Genes not inherited from your parents, long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research, are apparently important in determining your lot in life; for example, where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, regardless of whether their children have those same variants.

A. where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college,

B. if parents have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college,

C. if parents, having certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college,

D. where parents, who have certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college,

E. if parents have certain gene variants, their children, more likely to go to college,

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13 May 2018, 22:19
A. ((where)) parents, who have certain gene variants, ((their)) children are more likely to go to college, - incorrect

B. if parents have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - correct

C. if parents, ((having)) certain gene variants, ((have)) children more likely to go to college, - incorrect

D. ((where)) parents, who have certain gene variants, ((have)) children more likely to go to college, - incorrect

E. if parents have certain gene variants, ((their children, more likely to go to college)), - incorrect

Except B rest of the options are either grammatically incorrect or distort the meaning of the sentence.

IMO B.
Please correct me if I am wrong.

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13 May 2018, 22:29
Genes not inherited from your parents, long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research, are apparently important in determining your lot in life; for example, where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, regardless of whether their children have those same variants.

A. where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - where can be used only for places.

B. if parents have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - Correct

C. if parents, having certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college, If X then Y isn't used correctly

D. where parents, who have certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college, - Same as A

E. if parents have certain gene variants, their children, more likely to go to college, - Missing verb error. 'Children' doesn't have a verb.

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26 Oct 2018, 02:46
Vyshak wrote:
Genes not inherited from your parents, long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research, are apparently important in determining your lot in life; for example, where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, regardless of whether their children have those same variants.

A. where parents, who have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - where can be used only for places.

B. if parents have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - Correct

C. if parents, having certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college, If X then Y isn't used correctly

D. where parents, who have certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college, - Same as A

E. if parents have certain gene variants, their children, more likely to go to college, - Missing verb error. 'Children' doesn't have a verb.

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HI Vyshak,

Firstly, could you please help me to understand the structure of the sentence- Genes not inherited from your parents, long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research, are apparently important in determining your lot in life
I understand that "long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research" is modifying Parents, but I am not sure about the use of the part- "not inherited from your parents".

Secondly, In option B, aren't we missing a "then" to form a proper "If X, Then Y" structure?

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26 Oct 2018, 06:05

Split 1: where vs if. where can be used for places, usage of 'where' is not correct here. Eliminate A and D.

E. if parents have certain gene variants, their children, more likely to go to college, ---- Notice the ';' before underline sentence, you need an independent clause after it. (means subject and verb is must.) 'if clause' is dependent clause. it again need an independent clause, and there is not even a clause, just 'their children' . wrong.

C. if parents, having certain gene variants, have children more likely to go to college, ---- 'having clause' is modifier, modifying parents. if clause is dependent one, need another dependent clause. there are none.

B. if parents have certain gene variants, their children are more likely to go to college, - Correct

First let see why it is correct.

1. we need an independent clause ---- "their children are more likely to go to college" --- found it.
2. sv agreements are correct. ---- if X then Y is correctly preserved.

long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research --- this is not answering to parents, its for Genes. Look at it this way . What long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research - geans or parents.

not inherited from your parents --- this one again modifying Genes. Take the What test.

not inherited from your parents [but] long thought to be irrelevant to genetics research --- you need to see a hidden but in the meaning. [not X but Y]. I hope you can connect dots now. Let me know if you need more exploration around it.
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