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Sentence Correction | Despite them attempting to do it, doctors have..

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Despite them attempting to do it, doctors have not yet found a cure for the common cold.

A. them attempting to do it
B. their attempts to do so
C. them attempting to do so
D. the fact that they have attempted to do it
E. their attempts to do it

Now I know that "to do it" is incorrect and "to do so" is correct, but I'm stuck on eliminating them/their. They both refer to the doctors.
them - who
their - whose.

I would prefer 'them', can anyone help me split this one out?

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Since the second part of the sentence after the comma begins with doctors, you need a possessive pronoun to represent doctors that is the reason for choosing'their' in option B.

'them' is third person personal pronoun can't be used as a possessive. So that makes A and C incorrect

despite Whose attempt? --The doctors attempt

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Despite them attempting to do it, doctors have not yet found a cure for the common cold.

A. them attempting to do it
B. their attempts to do so
C. them attempting to do so
D. the fact that they have attempted to do it
E. their attempts to do it

Now I know that "to do it" is incorrect and "to do so" is correct, but I'm stuck on eliminating them/their. They both refer to the doctors.
them - who
their - whose.

I would prefer 'them', can anyone help me split this one out?

Thanks


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