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New post 26 Oct 2004, 20:03
This is from OG. Why is A not the answer?

83. Any medical test will sometimes fail to detect
a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one when it is not.

A. a condition when it is present and indicate that there is one
B. when a condition is present and indicate that there is one
C. a condition when it is present and indicate that it is present
D. when a condition is present and indicate its presence
E. the presence of a condition when it is there and indicate its presence
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New post 26 Oct 2004, 20:30
'one' is the problem in A. Why? 'it' has been consistently referring to the 'condition'. 'one' also refers to the 'condition' when a 'it' could be used - as in C - thus making 'one' intrusive in A.

I prefer C.

More about 'one' as a pronoun:

When used as a pronoun, one has some distinct usages. In American English, some of these usages are substituted for personal pronouns because the pronoun one reads a bit stuffy or pretentious. However, at times, using one is appropriate as an impersonal, reflexive or possessive pronoun. Using one is preferable to using the pronoun you. In formal writing, especially, one should not address the reader as you. As illustrated in the last example, one can be used in the plural when it represents a group of things or people.

1.Numerical expression
EX: One of the operations was cancelled due to budgeting.

2.Impersonal Form
This usage can represent the writer, a collective group like the writer or a class of people.
EX: If one fails to assess the data correctly, the input is compromised.

3.Reflexive and Possessive Forms
In American usage, these forms of one, one’s and oneself, can often be replaced by other pronoun forms, such as his or her.
EX: One must learn from one’s (his) mistakes.

EX: If one misjudged the next cliff down, one could hurt oneself (herself).

Note: Both examples of personal pronoun usage are restricted to spoken English since gender bias occurs with himself or herself.

4.Plural Usage
EX: The ones speaking out for anti-war policies represented a minority of those at the rally.

Note: Ones represents a common group of people while those refers to everyone attending the rally.

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New post 29 Oct 2004, 05:54
Great explanation. Thank you for sharing the info.
Your answer is rt.
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New post 29 Oct 2004, 07:24
great explanation thanks
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New post 29 Oct 2004, 08:43
I chose C. Great explanation by venksune.

I just thought C has better parallel structure

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