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Researchers are finding out that plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than they originally seemed.

A) They originally seemed
B) they seemed originally
C) it seemed that they would originally
D) it originally seemed
E) it originally seemed they would
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Researchers are finding out that plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than they originally seemed.

A) They originally seemed
here time taken is compared to plastics
B) they seemed originally
same as A
C) it seemed that they would originally
that is redundant. placement of originally changes the meaning
D) it originally seemed
again wrong comparision
E) it originally seemed they would
Correct.. but the antecedents of "it" can be questioned... However the best choice
ans E
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One would agree that there is an element of ellipsis involved in the question. The full underlined portion should end in saying that they originally seemed to take or they originally seemed taking. Or else, the comparison turns weird between the time they take to deteriorate and how they see,
In C and E, the ellipsis does not work; would to take or would taking is grammatically wrong; In addition to take cannot act as an ellipsis, because it is not mentioned verbatim in the prior part of the sentence. So we are left with A or D, A deserves merit because of the plural pronoun ‘they’ that stands for the plural plastics.
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A) They originally seemed
Comparison to what?

B) they seemed originally
Originally modifies seemed, so "originally" should precede "seemed"

C) it seemed that they would originally
Originally modifies seemed, so "originally" should precede "seemed"

D) it originally seemed
Comparison to what?

E) it originally seemed they would
Correct. "It" is an expletive and does not need to refer to a noun. "It" is not preferred, but grammatically correct (similar to choosing a somewhat wordy but grammatically correct answer when the other answer choices have errors).

"They" is correct - "they" refers to plastics.

"Would" is used as an uncertainty - what originally was thought would occur in the present as a hypothetical. What follows after "would" refers to the time of deterioration in the hypothetical present at the exact same time as what is actually happening now. So, "would" is necessary, otherwise you'd be comparing two events that are actually happening now, instead of one actual and one hypothetical event. Nothing follows "would" because it's sort of like the structure of "Mike is taller than Brent is (tall)." It's not incorrect to add the parallel after "would" (e.g. take) but it's less concise and unnecessary to do so.
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correct answer can be deduced as option E as they refers to to plastics hence option A and B are out.from other choices option C has wrong usage of that.option D has wrong comparison. So correct answer option E
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One would agree that there is an element of ellipsis involved in the question. The full underlined portion should end in saying that they originally seemed to take or they originally seemed taking. Or else, the comparison turns weird between the time they take to deteriorate and how they see,
In C and E, the ellipsis does not work; would to take or would taking is grammatically wrong; In addition to take cannot act as an ellipsis, because it is not mentioned verbatim in the prior part of the sentence. So we are left with A or D, A deserves merit because of the plural pronoun ‘they’ that stands for the plural plastics.


Hi daagh

Could u pls explain in A, how can we assume that "to take" is present for ellipsis. You said it should be present verbatim.

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OA for this question is E. However I feel A is the correct choice. E seems wrong because of two reasons

1. "they would" is wrong because the plastics take more time to deteriorate not the reasearchers
2. "it seemed" also looks wrong because here the word "seemed" is used in the context of "anticipate". It's the researchers who had anticipated not the plastic

Kindly confirm whether my reasoning is correct
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OA for this question is E. However I feel A is the correct choice. E seems wrong because of two reasons

1. "they would" is wrong because the plastics take more time to deteriorate not the reasearchers
2. "it seemed" also looks wrong because here the word "seemed" is used in the context of "anticipate". It's the researchers who had anticipated not the plastic

Kindly confirm whether my reasoning is correct


Hey prateek176 ,

I am happy to help. :)

Looks like you didn't understand the construction properly here.

Researchers are finding out that plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than they originally seemed.

Now, after that we should have an independent clause. So, "plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than they originally seemed." should be an independent clause.

Now, considering that "they" should refer to Plastics. This is incorrect, Hence, option A gone.

Now, Let's talk about option E.

1. "they would" is wrong because the plastics take more time to deteriorate not the reasearchers. --> This is incorrect. I hope above explanation clarifies this point.
2. "it seemed" also looks wrong because here the word "seemed" is used in the context of "anticipate". It's the researchers who had anticipated not the plastic. --> It is used as a placeholder here. I am saying "It seemed plastics would deteriorate.". The way I have used "It" in my sentence, it is used in a similar way in option E.

Does that make sense?
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