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# Plausible though it sounds, the weakness of the hypothesis

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09 Jul 2003, 01:02
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Plausible though it sounds, the weakness of the hypothesis is that it does not incorporate all relevant evidence.

(A) Plausible though it sounds, the weakness of the hypothesis
(B) Even though it sounds plausible, the weakness of the hypothesis
(C) Though plausible, the hypothesis' weakness
(D) Though the hypothesis sounds plausible, its weakness
(E) The weakness of the hypothesis which sounds plausible
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09 Jul 2003, 01:52
E is not clear.
It appears to mean: 'the weakness of the hypothesis' sounds possible. But it is the hypothesis which sounds possible, not its weakness.
Only D is clear.
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09 Jul 2003, 02:01
Other than being more wordy and more awkward than D, E uses a restrictive clause "which sounds plausible", i.e., one that is not surrounded by parens. Therefore, the sentence means: ONLY the hypothesis (of all the other hypotheses) that sounds plausible has the weakness. If you put commas around "which sounds plausible", then the clause becomes not-restrictive and merely describes the preceeding hypothesis.
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09 Jul 2003, 02:43
I have ruled E out because it omits a comma before 'which'.
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09 Jul 2003, 15:13
I think E is also wrong because it is not clear whether "which" is referring to "weakness" or "hypothesis".
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11 Jul 2003, 17:11
I've always learned that "though" can't be used an introductory clause (that's what "although" is for). I'm starting to think my background in journalism and AP style is actually going to hurt me in some areas of the test.
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