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While for years several scientists attempted but could not prove that so-called Planet X was a tenth planet in our solar system, later scientists convincingly disproved the possibility.
(A) attempted but could not
(B) attempted but were unable
(C) attempted to prove but could not
(D) having attempted to prove, could not
(E) attempted to but could not

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New post 22 May 2010, 07:22
Ill go with E

C being the next close option
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New post 22 May 2010, 07:30
IMO A.

Although attempted to is the correct usage, it still misses an immediate infinite to + verb (present tense).

What's the OA?

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While for years several scientists attempted but could not prove that so-called Planet X was a tenth planet in our solar system, later scientists convincingly disproved the possibility.
(A) attempted but could not
(B) attempted but were unable
(C) attempted to prove but could not
(D) having attempted to prove, could not
(E) attempted to but could not

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New post 23 May 2010, 08:32
cano wrote:
While for years several scientists attempted but could not prove that so-called Planet X was a tenth planet in our solar system, later scientists convincingly disproved the possibility.
(A) attempted but could not
(B) attempted but were unable
(C) attempted to prove but could not
(D) having attempted to prove, could not
(E) attempted to but could not


IMO A,C and E are close contenders.

A) While for years several scientists attempted prove that so-called Planet X was a...after removing "but could not" >>> Doesn't look gud

C) While for years several scientists attempted to prove prove that so-called Planet X was a...after removing "but could not" >>> Doesn't look gud

E) While for years several scientists attempted to prove that so-called Planet X was a...after removing "but could not" >>> Looks OK.

Though kinda tough question.. What's the source and OA...?
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OA is E.
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C looks awkward but i can't find any grammatical error in it. Could someone please explain why C is wrong?
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New post 25 Jun 2010, 04:07
C is wordy. No grammar errors.
C) attempted to prove but could not prove

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C looks awkward but i can't find any grammatical error in it. Could someone please explain why C is wrong?

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