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# Several of the drownings that occurred last summer

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30 Jul 2014, 04:01
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Several of the drownings that occurred last summer which were caused by people who were careless.

• which were caused by people who were careless
• that were a result of people’s carelessness
• are a result of the carelessness of the people
• were caused by the carelessness of people
• happened from people being careless

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30 Jul 2014, 04:09
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pretty simple..

that and which are incorrectly used.

option C uses "are"
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16 Mar 2016, 03:52
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Logic: we have a noun phrase as the subject and need a simple past tense verb for the same. ‘Which’ and ‘that’ in A and B turn the sentence into fragments while the present tense ‘are’ is inappropriate in C. D provides the correct direct verb ‘were caused’ while ‘being careless’ in E is wrong as it is neither used as part of a noun nor used in passive voice.
Therefore D
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24 Oct 2017, 06:41
Concepts Tested – Verb, Usage
The sentence as written is missing a verb, so A goes out. It also uses ‘which’
incorrectly as a restrictive phrase (there is no comma before ‘which’).
B is again missing a verb.
C goes out because the present tense verb ‘are’ does not agree with the past
tense (occurred) implied in the sentence
Between D and E, E is awkward in construction. ‘Drowning’ is an accident and it is
much better to say that an accident ‘took place’. It also uses the avoidable
‘being’. Hence D is the best answer
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