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# SC - scientists and inner ear

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Another SC question.. i got the answer right but need reasons for choosing the answer -

Scientists have determined that the inner ear assists in awareness of body orientation, since people with disorders of the inner ear were found to have increased difiiculties in maintaining balance.

A. were found to have increased difiiculties
B. have been found to have increased difficulty
C. were found to have increasing difficulty
D. had been found to have increased difficulties
E. have been found to have increasing difficulty

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17 Nov 2008, 10:45
the choice is between increased difficulties and increasing difficulty clearly under the context of the question I will pick increasing difficulty. As increased difficulties means the number of difficulties increased whereas the sentence intends to mean the nagnitude of difficulty has increased. The other choice is between have been, had been or were
I prefer were

A have determined X........, since B were....Y

IMO C

Scientists have determined that the inner ear assists in awareness of body orientation, since people with disorders of the inner ear were found to have increased difiiculties in maintaining balance.

A. were found to have increased difiiculties
B. have been found to have increased difficulty
C. were found to have increasing difficulty
D. had been found to have increased difficulties
E. have been found to have increasing difficulty

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17 Nov 2008, 14:02
IMO B
increasing difficulty is wrong... it should be increased difficulty which means that the difficulty has increased in magnitude.
it eliminates C &E. use of had is wrong..it elimates C, between A & B, I will go with B, as people still have difficulty.

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Another SC question.. i got the answer right but need reasons for choosing the answer -

Scientists have determined that the inner ear assists in awareness of body orientation, since people with disorders of the inner ear were found to have increased difiiculties in maintaining balance.

A. were found to have increased difiiculties
B. have been found to have increased difficulty
C. were found to have increasing difficulty
D. had been found to have increased difficulties
E. have been found to have increasing difficulty

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17 Nov 2008, 14:31
Hi guys,

IMO A

From my point of view, past simple is needed here, therefore, we have to choose between A and C.

A. were found to have increased difiiculties
C. were found to have increasing difficulty

From these two sentences, A is the correct one

OA?

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18 Nov 2008, 00:13
Im curious to know whts the OA. sinc im not sure abt the ans

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18 Nov 2008, 01:41
A.
Either we choose simple past as in (A) or prsent perfect as in (E).
the scientists have determined the effect after studying the effects.
hence, (A) seems more concise.

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18 Nov 2008, 10:16
OA is B.

I dont have the explanation.. only thing i can think of is IIism.. "have determined and ... have increased difficulty.. any thoughts ?

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18 Nov 2008, 11:01
increasing needs a comparison to some thing else. So it has to be A,B,D

Only B uses difficulty correctly. we are talking about only one such difficulty.

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19 Nov 2008, 04:39
Increased is Correct...but any insights as to why the preference for present perfect "have been"?
Thanks..
icandy wrote:
increasing needs a comparison to some thing else. So it has to be A,B,D

Only B uses difficulty correctly. we are talking about only one such difficulty.

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