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Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict

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Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict, World War I's root causes were varied and complex, though many still point to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the immediate precursor to war.

(A) Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict, World War I's root causes were varied and complex

(B) Historians believe that variation and complexity were there for most countries involved in the conflict by the World War I's root causes

(C) The historians' belief is, for most countries involved in the conflict, root causes were varied and complex for World War I

(D) For most countries involved in the conflict, the historians' belief that World War I's root causes were varied and complex

(E) For most countries being involved in the conflict, historians believe that the root causes that World War I had were varied and complex

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I went for D. Can experts post an explanation please..
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I went for D. Can experts post an explanation please..


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Correct Answer: A

These answer choices vary in both the construction of the main clause and the placement of the "for most countries" prepositional phrase. Answers C and D can be eliminated for using the construction "The historians' belief is...", which is wordier and less direct than "Historians believe that...", used in the other answer choices. Answer B changes the main clause into an awkward passive voice construction, and the two prepositional phrases that complete this choice do not connect logically to the rest of the clause. Answer E's main clause is grammatically correct, but the construction "historians believe that the causes that...War had were..." is unnecessarily complex compared to the original construction A, which is best here.
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Intuitively we suspect option A and test maker in this question capitalized that tendency.

The crucial part is non-underlined portion - "though many still point to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as ..." which demands for more active and direct clause in introductory clause. Thus "Historians believe that" is more preferable than "The historians' belief is".

Secondly, prepositional phrase " for most countries involved in the conflict" should be placed closer to its related part [World War I's root causes were varied] for better logical clarity. Here, starting with that prepositional phrase made the construction bit clumsy.

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this question use the simple structure of sentence to test logic. in other words, all of us have enough grammar knowledge to solve this question but still many persons are wrong

because they do not use meaing analysis

for most countries involved, the historian believed

the is no logic relation between main clause and for-phrase.
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I went for D. Can experts post an explanation please..


Im not an expert but here's my 2 cents-

One straight reason to eliminate D:
D) For most countries involved in the conflict, the historians' belief that World War I's root causes were varied and complex

Since its belief and not believe, a verb is missing for the subject historians. And hence without a valid subject-verb pair, there is no main clause int his sentence.

A bit of theory if you would like-
A correct sentence always contains at least one main clause. A main clause, in turn MUST have at least one valid subject-verb pair. In the given sentence, historians-believe is the valid pair. Changing believe to belief (as done in option D) removes the only verb for historians in the sentence.
The second part of the sentence (starting with though) is a subordinate clause that needs a main clause to depend upon.

So, you see, just a small change of verb to noun has created chaos in the sentence ;)

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Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict, World War I's root causes were varied and complex, though many still point to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the immediate precursor to war.



A) Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict, World War I's root causes were varied and complex

B) Historians believe that variation and complexity were there for most countries involved in the conflict by the World War I's root causes

C) The historians' belief is, for most countries involved in the conflict, root causes were varied and complex for World War I

D) For most countries involved in the conflict, the historians' belief that World War I's root causes were varied and complex

E) For most countries being involved in the conflict, historians believe that the root causes that World War I had were varied and complex


Strainght A - Logical and without any grammatical errors
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Hi,

This is a logic test.


A) Historians believe that-believe what?

, For Whom-for most countries involved in the conflict,

World War I's root causes were varied and complex-the thing that historians believe

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Pls correct me if I am wrong, but i was always under the impression that (,) should not be used with That?
Which is why I eliminated A.
Is it not the case?
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Pls correct me if I am wrong, but i was always under the impression that (,) should not be used with That?
Which is why I eliminated A.
Is it not the case?


Great question! The comma isn't there because of the word "that" is it there because we need two commas to set aside the non-essential info that follows:

Historians believe that, for most countries involved in the conflict, World War I's root causes were varied and complex, though many still point to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand as the immediate precursor to war.
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So it is in modifier and hence we ignore it, Thanks
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