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In the 1970's, when astronomers first empirically studied the direction of gas flow associated with stars, they were astonished to find much of the gas moving outward from the star, when it was expected for most of it to move inward toward the star.

it was expected for most of it to move inward toward the star
it was expected that most of it should move inward toward the star
most of it was expected to move inward toward the star
most of its inward flow toward the star was expected
there was an expectation most of it would move in an inward pattern toward the star

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This sentence uses the passive voice, which we usually want to eliminate on Sentence Correction questions. A quick scan reveals that choices (A), (B), (C) and (D) all use passive voice. Even though (E) does not, it uses an awkward "there was" construction and is wordy, so we eliminate (E), We now need to choose the best answer from those remaining. While this sentence could clearly be constructed more effectively using the active voice, that will not help you if it is not one of the answer choices given. Remember that on Sentence Correction questions you must choose the best answer that is given; do not waste time thinking of ways to improve upon the answer choices you're given.
Idiomatically, "X was/is expected to Y" is correct. (C) is the only choice that respects this idiomatic construction.
(A) and (B) use the incorrect "it was expected for X to Y" and "it was expected that X should Y" respectively, so we eliminate them. That leaves (C) and (D).
(D) distorts the meaning and function of the word "most". In the original sentence, "most" refers to the gas. In (D), "most" seems to refer to the flow of the gas. That is a distortion. (C) keeps the proper meaning of "most" and uses the proper construction and is therefore correct.


Hi, I want to know what makes wrong choices wrong, please. I also feel right answer choice is awkward, especially the way it says "most of it".
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In the 1970's, when astronomers first empirically studied the direction of gas flow associated with stars, they were astonished to find much of the gas moving outward from the star, when it was expected for most of it to move inward toward the star.

it was expected for most of it to move inward toward the star
it was expected that most of it should move inward toward the star
most of it was expected to move inward toward the star
most of its inward flow toward the star was expected
there was an expectation most of it would move in an inward pattern toward the star



Hi,

a. "It" is ambiguous
b. same as a.
c. correct
d. "most of its inward flow" , awkward. One way of looking at it is , if the inward flow is already known, then what is most signifying?
e. "expectation that" is the correct idiom.
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