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24 May 2015, 22:00
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Growing pressures from school boards may be encouraging teachers to alter their curricula to improve standardized test scores for their students; teachers may, for instance, substitute test-taking strategies for academic subjects in order to inflate test scores for their class.

(A) students; teachers may, for instance, substitute
(B) students, as an instance, to substitute
(C) students, like to substitute
(D) students, such as to be substituting
(E) students; which might, as an instance, be the substitution of
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24 May 2015, 23:48
B for me maintains parallel structure of the sentence.
Growing pressure encouraging teachers to alter xyz to improve abc...as an instance
to substitute xyz to inflate abc
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25 May 2015, 00:28
IMO the sentence is correct as is.Hence Option A

The action verb in the main clause is encouraging..hence any example will be an instance of such encouragement..Therefore C and D are wrong

In B - as an instance is the wrong idiom to cite an example, moreover it should be an independent clause to make clear sense and E - "which" in the independent clause does not have a logical referrent.

By breaking the sentence into two independent clauses the meaning is conveyed the way it is intended.
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25 May 2015, 02:56
Options can be split into 2 groups: A,E or B,C,D

Only A and E have a semi colon means there should be a break or the clause should be compleltely independent with subject etc.

For B/C/D to be used, the comparison/similarity has to be brought out clearly which is not done in any of the cases.

Option E uses which wrongly,uses the passive form "substitution",is wordy and lacks a subject.

Hence IMO A
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25 May 2015, 06:18
One more (A) , same reason as pointed out by dominicraj , semicolon..
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26 May 2015, 00:44
I chose A .... reasons below

B is a fragment after , we are supposed to have FANBOYS for having an IC later on in the second half
C what is being compared with Like like must compare nouns which is not happening here
D again such as needs to refer to a noun .. there is no noun that it can refer to here
E Wrong reference of Which .... it must be referring to test scores which is illiogical
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26 May 2015, 00:50
I chose A .... reasons below

B is a fragment after , we are supposed to have FANBOYS for having an IC later on in the second half
C what is being compared with Like like must compare nouns which is not happening here
D again such as needs to refer to a noun .. there is no noun that it can refer to here
E Wrong reference of Which .... it must be referring to test scores which is illiogical
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03 Apr 2018, 03:48
Option A

C,D,E can be straightforwardly eliminated.
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25 Dec 2019, 20:17
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Growing pressures from school boards may be encouraging teachers to alter their curricula to improve standardized test scores for their students; teachers may, for instance, substitute test-taking strategies for academic subjects in order to inflate test scores for their class.

(A) students; teachers may, for instance, substitute
(B) students, as an instance, to substitute
(C) students, like to substitute
(D) students, such as to be substituting
(E) students; which might, as an instance, be the substitution of

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Explanation: This Sentence Construction question correctly links two independent clauses with a semi-colon in the original instance. Answer choice E also uses a semi-colon but incorrectly links a (poorly written) subordinate clause (initiated by "which") to the original independent clause. Answer choice A uses the phrase "for instance" rather than the unidiomatic expression "as an instance." Answer choice C incorrectly uses the word "like" to introduce a particular example ("substitute test-taking strategies") of a general principle ("alter their curriculum"). "Like" can only be correctly used to introduce literal and figurative comparisons. Answer choice D is wordy and awkward, and hence incorrect. Answer choice A is therefore the correct answer.
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