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It is the powerful compound capsaicin that makes a chili pepper hot; a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection by humans at one part per million.

(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection

(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,

(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected

(D) single tasteless and odorless drops are capable of detection

(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable

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It is the powerful compound capsaicin that makes a chili pepper hot; a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection by humans at one part per million.

(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection

(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,

(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected

(D) single tasteless and odorless drops are capable of detection

(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable

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(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection
no taste and odor makes it seem like there isn't a combination of those, but they could exist independently. Also, a run on sentence

(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,
Awkward phrasing

(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected

(D) single tasteless and odorless drops are capable of detection
single drops doesn't seem to work here. Also, awkward phrasing.

(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable
need some kind of connector before "can"
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A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection
no taste and odor makes it seem like there isn't a combination of those, but they could exist independently. Also, a run on sentence


why do u think it is a run on?
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It is the powerful compound capsaicin that makes a chili pepper hot; a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection by humans at one part per million.

(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection
(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,
(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected
(D) single tasteless and odorless drops are capable of detection
(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable
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IMO - C

It is the powerful compound capsaicin that makes a chili pepper hot; a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection by humans at one part per million.
>> After semicolon, the next sentence need to be an IC. All options appears to be ICs :lol:
>> When a word is used in several ways (as Noun, Adj, Verb) preference goes as per VAN rule (Verb>Adj>Noun). So, detected > detectable > detection.
(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection
>> wordy+violets VAN rule
(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,
>> violets VAN rule
(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected
>> favors VAN rule
(D) single [tasteless and odorless drops] are capable of detection
>> SVA issue+violets VAN rule+wordy
(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable
>> wrong to use adj instead of verb
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It is the powerful compound capsaicin that makes a chili pepper hot; a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection by humans at one part per million.

Notice how we have a semicolon after the first sentence. This means that the second sentence should be an independent sentence.

(A) a single drop that has no taste and odor is capable of detection
- The drop does not have any capability of its own - incorrect

(B) a single drop is detectable, though without taste and odor,
- seems like a run on sentence and even the meaning is not very clear from the sentence.
also taste and odour should modify a drop but here its modifying detectable so another reason to discard this answer choice.

(C) a single tasteless and odorless drop can be detected
- Correct answer choice - the meaning is clear.

(D) single tasteless and odorless drops are capable of detection
- a run on sentence - does not look like an independent sentence.
Also same error as mentioned in A.

(E) single drops that have no taste or odor can be detectable
- usage of detectable is incorrect.
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Hello Experts,

Please help me understand difference between option C and E.
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In E, 'can be detectable' is redundant since 'can' itself means capable.
We may also see the full use of the V-A-N protocol here in play. The verb 'can be detected' is the first preference, the adjective 'detectable' is the second choice and the noun 'detection' is the last.
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