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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible

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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.


A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage

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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.

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A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back - Reverse and Back are redundant

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact - Changed the meaning

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed - Changed the meaning. 'Article' came in place of 'Artifacts'

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized - Changed the meaning, unnecessary wordy. 'Article' came in place of 'Artifacts'

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage - Clear and Concise :thumbup:
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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.


A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage


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Originally posted by exc4libur on 14 Feb 2020, 03:00.
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A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back -reverse back - doesn't make sense

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact - unnecessarily uses passive voice and changes the meaning by saying impossible instead of almost impossible

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed - changes the meaning by saying impossible instead of almost impossible

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized - unnecessarily wordy and why is it an article?

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage Sounds good.
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IMO E.
Only C & E are grammatically correct but C changes the author's intent from almost impossible to cannot. Hence E, though a comparatively wordier option, is best between the two.
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error based on pronoun, usage of style , ambiguity
IMO E ; is correct
Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage
we have right flow of cause , effect of the given situation..


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A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage
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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.

A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back - WRONG. redundant due to usage of 'reverse' and 'back' together.

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact - WRONG. Not using 'almost' changes the meaning slightly.

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed - WRONG. The sentence loses its intended meaning here. Seems it's stating a fact. Grammatically it's fine.
D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized - WRONG. Too wordy and vague style.

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage - CORRECT. Keeps the intended meaning intact. 'It' is a placeholder pronoun here.

IMO Answer E.
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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.


A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage backreverse and back redundancy

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact.stmt somehow means damage done to already vandalized artifact. means the artifact was discovered vandalised. incorrect

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversedthis seems correct somehow it lacks orginal sentence probability

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalizedtoo long and redundat

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damagethis is better of all does not have redundancy and it points to correct usage
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a: back and reverse: redundant
b&c: changes meaning
d: passive
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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back..........here reverse and back are redundant...any one would be suffice.
A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.....INCORRECT

B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact.....Almost impossible is different from impossible..it alters the meaning..INCORRECT

C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed.....even this alters the meaning.....

D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized.....Too wordy and incorrect verb usage....both shouldnot be in present perfect tense.....INCORRECT

E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage......removed the redundancy error above....CORRECT

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A. The verb "reverse... back" is clearly redundant.

B. Eliminating the word "almost" before "impossible" changes the intended meaning of original sentence.

C. "... the damage cannot be reversed" changes the intended meaning ("almost impossible" ) of original sentence.

D. Although this choice corrects the redundancy in the original sentence and retains its meaning, it is not the most concise of the five choices.

E. CORRECT ANSWER. This choice corrects the redundancy in the original sentence and retains its meaning. Although there are shorter answer choices, this one is actually the most concise.

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Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back.


A. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage back

Incorrect.

This answer choice is stylistically flawed. The use of the word reverse with the word back creates redundancy, since something must be taken back for it to be reversed.



B. It is impossible to reverse the damage done to a vandalized ancient artifact

Incorrect.

This answer choice eliminates the redundancy in the original sentence, by omitting the word back.

However, the omission of the word almost results in a change of meaning. In the original sentence, almost tells us that even though it is difficult to reverse the damage, it is not impossible.

The lesson here is: do not automatically choose the shortest answer choice. Make sure that shorter answers convey the same meaning that's been stated in the original sentence. If they don't, they're probably incorrect.



C. Once an ancient article has been vandalized, the damage cannot be reversed

Incorrect.

This answer choice eliminates the redundancy in the original sentence. However, replacing the phrase almost impossible with cannot be reversed results in a change of meaning. In the original sentence, almost tells us that even though it is difficult to reverse the damage, it is not impossible.

Do not automatically choose the shortest answer choice. Make sure that shorter answers express the same meaning that's been stated in the original sentence. If they don't, they're probably incorrect.



D. It is almost impossible to reverse the damage that has been done to an ancient article once it has been vandalized

Incorrect.

Although this answer choice corrects the redundancy in the original sentence and retains its meaning, it is not the most concise of the five answer choices.



E. Once an ancient artifact has been vandalized, it is almost impossible to reverse the damage[/quote]

The use of the word reverse with the word back creates redundancy, since something must be taken back for it to be reversed. This answer choice corrects this redundancy without losing any of the original sentence's meaning. Therefore, even though there are shorter answer choices, this one is actually the most concise.


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