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# Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different

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Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different rates, and they are finding that the so-called "quick disintegration" 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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17 Oct 2006, 08:06
"they originally seemed" seems fine. My answer is A.
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17 Oct 2006, 09:35
Between (A) and (B) , I chose (A) but cannit really explain why ? But there seems to be some rule that can be applied here to differentiate between (A) and (B) ..Can anyone explain in detail ?
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17 Oct 2006, 10:00
Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different rates, and they are finding that the so-called "quick disintegration" 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

I prefer D. What is 'it' or 'they' in original statement referring to though? Time?
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17 Oct 2006, 11:21
yes D

I think we should use "it" instead of "they" . "It" would clearly refer to plastic and "they" would incorreclty refer to researchers.
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17 Oct 2006, 12:07
ivymba wrote:
yes D

I think we should use "it" instead of "they" . "It" would clearly refer to plastic and "they" would incorreclty refer to researchers.

But plasticS is used in a plural form than it should be THEY?
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17 Oct 2006, 13:05
Going with E.
Sentence need "would"...left with C and E.
Constructuonwise, E is better than C.
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18 Jul 2007, 03:32
Juaz wrote:
Going with E.
Sentence need "would"...left with C and E.
Constructuonwise, E is better than C.

Agree with Juaz.

"would" is required.
Researchers were not aware of the fact at that time.
Thus, researchers' former speculation should be implicated.
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18 Jul 2007, 06:44
i will go with E

We need would because of hypothetical situation

C - is akward and lengthy
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18 Jul 2007, 07:12
It should be E, as 'it' in options C and E rightly specifies that the plastics do not disintegrate by themselves which would be the case with the other options.
E is more terse than C.
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18 Jul 2007, 08:23
D. Researchers are finding that the plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than it originally seemed.

E. Researchers are finding that the plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than it originally seemed they would.

between D & E, i would go with D, D clearly conveys that the plastics are taking a longer time to degenerate than it originally seemed, 'it' referring to the time it takes the plastics to deteriorate.
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21 Jul 2007, 08:53
what's the OA ?
I'm stuck between D & E.
I'll go for D as there's 'they' in E which makes it ambiguous to whom its refering - plastics or researchers.
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21 Jul 2007, 13:20
i think "A" should be fine if not...whats wrong with it ?
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22 Jul 2007, 10:52
When we are talking about something that we'd learn about a certain point in the past, 'would' is better.

For example:

This Acura is a lot better than I thought it would be.

is better than

This Acura is a lot better than I thought it was.

In the first example, we are saying that something turned out to be true. In the second example, we are saying that we were not aware of a fact that was true at that time.

let me de-construct choice (E) for better understanding

....plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than it originally seemed plastics would (take).

My vote goes for E
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Re: Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different [#permalink]

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11 Apr 2014, 08:04
Bumping this question.
Can someone throw some light on why D is wrong?
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Re: Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different [#permalink]

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05 Sep 2014, 07:05
Researchers are studying plastics that dissolve at different rates, and
they are finding that
the so-called "quick disintegration" plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than they originally seemed.

they (plastic) originally seemed (to take -ellipse) -> but to take is not mentioned in the original sentence
they seemed originally -> Same as A
it seemed that they would originally
>>the so-called "quick disintegration" plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than it seemed that they would originally.
it originally seemed -> it pointing to plural plastics
it originally seemed they would (take)
>>the so-called "quick disintegration" plastics are taking more time to deteriorate than it originally seemed they would.

C Vs E.
E conveys the meaning more precisely. I don't know how to term the issue in C but the changed position of adverb has made the stmt pretty weird.

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