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If one begins to smoke at an early age, it is likely that he will go on smoking further.

(A) it is likely that he will go on smoking further

(B) he will probably keep smoking more and more

(C) it is hard to stop him from smoking more

(D) he is likely to continue smoking

(E) he will have a tendency to continue smoking

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Official Explanation

This example illustrates an unnecessarily wordy original sentence. In shortening a wordy expression, you need to make sure that the meaning of the original is preserved.

Choice (C) changes the meaning of the original and therefore should be eliminated.

Choice (E) changes the meaning slightly but is a possibility.

Choices (A) and (B) are quite wordy.

Choice (D) expresses the meaning of the original clearly and concisely. None of the answer choices in this question contains any grammatical mistakes, which is rare. Also, you should not blindly choose the shortest answer choice.

The correct answer is (D).


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