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# Psychohistorians who study cases such as the Salem Witch Trials still

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Psychohistorians who study cases such as the Salem Witch Trials still disagree about the causes of mass hysteria and why, at times, it leaves some unmoved though it is overcome by many others.

A. though it is overcome by
B. when overcoming
C. despite of overcoming
D. where overcoming
E. while overcoming

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02 Nov 2018, 00:01
Psychohistorians who study cases such as the Salem Witch Trials still disagree about the causes of mass hysteria and why, at times, it leaves some unmoved though it is overcome by many others.

A. though it is overcome by(meaning change)
B. when overcoming(context demand while)
C. despite of overcoming(use of despite is not right in this context)
D. where overcoming(where is not correct)
E. while overcoming(correct)

I will go with choice E.
though,option B is also strong contender.mass hysteria leaves some unmoved at the same time it overcomes others.so use of while is more appropriate.

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02 Nov 2018, 23:14
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Psychohistorians who study cases such as the Salem Witch Trials still disagree about the causes of mass hysteria and why, at times, it leaves some unmoved though it is overcome by many others.

A. though it is overcome by
B. when overcoming
C. despite of overcoming
D. where overcoming
E. while overcoming

Question Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence contains the pronoun it, so look for pronoun errors. The singular pronoun it refers to the singular noun hysteria, so there is no pronoun error. The sentence also contains a contrasting comparison between some and many others. However, the clause it is overcome by claims that the hysteria is being overcome, which does not contrast with the previous phrase that hysteria…leaves some unmoved. As a result, the subordinating conjunction though is used incorrectly. Eliminate choice A and look for obvious repeaters. Since no other answer repeats the conjunction though, there are no obvious repeaters. Now evaluate the remaining answer choices individually looking for reasons to eliminate each.

Choice B begins with the adverb when, which incorrectly alters the contrasting comparison of it leaves some unmoved and overcoming many others to represent events which must happen at the same time. This changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Eliminate choice B. Choice C incorrectly uses the phrase despite of rather than the correct idiom despite. Eliminate choice C. Choice D begins with the adverb where, which incorrectly alters the contrasting comparison of it leaves some unmoved and overcoming many others to represent events which must happen in the same place. This changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Eliminate choice D. Choice E fixes the original error and introduces no new errors. Keep choice E.

Choice A: No. The subordinating conjunction though incorrectly links two similar ideas. Clauses & Connectors.

Choice B: No. The adverb when incorrectly states that two events happen at the same time. Changes meaning.

Choice C: No. The idiom despite of is incorrect and should be despite. Idiom.

Choice D: No. The adverb where incorrectly states that two events happen in the same place. Changes meaning.

Choice E: Correct.

The correct answer is choice E.
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