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Historians of film have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep; famed comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is credited with bringing the routine to the screen.

A. have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep

B. have traced to a short called A Noise From The Deep in 1913 the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag

C. has traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to A Noise From The Deep, a short from 1913

D. has traced the “pie in the face” gag’s first appearance to a short in 1913, A Noise From The Deep

E. have traced the “pie in the face” gag to its first appearance in a 1913 short, A Noise From The Deep
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23 Aug 2012, 10:09
A is correct.

Subject Historians should have plural verb - have. So options C and D are out.

Understand the meaning. "Historians traced the first appearance of 'pie in face' gag" and not the short film that had it. So option B and E are out.
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23 Aug 2012, 16:25
why is E not an answer. I do not see any grammatical error!
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23 Aug 2012, 17:34
I would like some explanations as to why E isn't correct as well.
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24 Aug 2012, 07:16
plui31 wrote:
I would like some explanations as to why E isn't correct as well.

E changes the original meaning. original says first appearance of the pie in.... and option E says ....to its first appearance.
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24 Aug 2012, 08:33
IMO

A) have traced the first appearance of 'X' to 'Y'
E) have traced the 'X' to its first appearance in 'Y'

After doing above construction 'A' option makes sense

I have a doubt is there any idiom for word 'traced'?
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Historians of film have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep; famed comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is credited with bringing the routine to the screen.

A. have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep
B. have traced to a short called A Noise From The Deep in 1913 the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag
C. has traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to A Noise From The Deep, a short from 1913
D. has traced the “pie in the face” gag’s first appearance to a short in 1913, A Noise From The Deep
E. have traced the “pie in the face” gag to its first appearance in a 1913 short, A Noise From The Deep
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Historians of film have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep;
famed comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle is credited with bringing the routine to the screen.

A. have traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to a 1913 short called A Noise From The Deep

B. have traced to a short called A Noise From The Deep in 1913 the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag

C. has traced the first appearance of the “pie in the face” gag to A Noise From The Deep, a short from 1913

D. has traced the “pie in the face” gag’s first appearance to a short in 1913, A Noise From The Deep

E. have traced the “pie in the face” gag to its first appearance in a 1913 short, A Noise From The Deep
this choice change the intended meaning of the sentence
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16 Mar 2017, 04:14
hello , expert can we eliminate option E on this reason= pronoun ambiguity ,as its has no clear antecedent . please correct me if i am wrong , to me its can refer to film as well as film's name too !
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16 Mar 2017, 12:32
Agree, this is not the easiest one i have seen.
Very good SC question!
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18 Mar 2017, 10:16
nks2611 wrote:
hello , expert can we eliminate option E on this reason= pronoun ambiguity ,as its has no clear antecedent . please correct me if i am wrong , to me its can refer to film as well as film's name too !

You are partially correct. The pronoun "its" may refer to "film", but not to the name of the film - it does not make sense to say that the name of the film appears first in the film.
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27 Mar 2017, 05:03
nks2611 wrote:
hello , expert can we eliminate option E on this reason= pronoun ambiguity ,as its has no clear antecedent . please correct me if i am wrong , to me its can refer to film as well as film's name too !

apart from the pronoun ambiguity,I think option E is meaning wise wrong also.
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