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# Several recent studies suggest that a child born into a

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Several recent studies suggest that a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies following the onset of a minor viral infection.
(A) a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies
(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy
(D) in those families where members have allergies, children will probably develop allergies themselves
(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy
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22 Jun 2004, 18:31
It's between B and E. I believe B is best
It makes sure that it is not the families which have allergies but instead, the members of those families
E is not as good as B in that respect. Also, the second half of E talks about "an allergy". Which allergy is that? The plural and general form "allergies" sounds better to me.
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22 Jun 2004, 19:02
I will go with E

(A) a child born into a family whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies
Here themselves refer to the members which is wrong!
(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves (ambiguous) develop allergies
WRONG
(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop (refers to members) an allergy
WRONG
(D) in those families where members have allergies, children will probably develop allergies themselves
Wrong construction - changes meaning

(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy

CORRECT!
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23 Jun 2004, 05:39
my ans is B...

allergies and allergies go well but noit allergies and allergy...

''themselves'' in B is not ambigious cos it refers to the ''children'' as it is already mentioned that ''families'' already ''have'' the ''allergies''

hope that helps!
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23 Jun 2004, 08:30
I think that the answer should be C.

A - wrong as per Srijay's explanation

B - wrong, because 'whose' refers to 'families' here and it can only refer to human beings, not to entities like a 'family'

(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

C - correct! contrary to Srijay, I think 'will probably develop' refers to a child (I don't think even ETS uses 'shall' anymore)

(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy

(D) - wrong - same explanation as Srijay

(E) - wrong - I feel it's best to say that 'members of a certain family have allergies' as opposed 'a family in which there are allergies', it makes allergies sounds like pets

(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy
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23 Jun 2004, 08:41
SmashingGrace wrote:
I think that the answer should be C.

A - wrong as per Srijay's explanation

B - wrong, because 'whose' refers to 'families' here and it can only refer to human beings, not to entities like a 'family'

(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

C - correct! contrary to Srijay, I think 'will probably develop' refers to a child (I don't think even ETS uses 'shall' anymore)

(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy

(D) - wrong - same explanation as Srijay

(E) - wrong - I feel it's best to say that 'members of a certain family have allergies' as opposed 'a family in which there are allergies', it makes allergies sounds like pets

(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy

Hey SmashingGrace, I don't agree with your explanation for B
I believe that it is perfectly fine to use "families whose members" as it clearly refers to the members OF the families. On the other hand "family the members of which" is very wordy and unproper english to me.
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23 Jun 2004, 08:47
Paul wrote:
SmashingGrace wrote:
I think that the answer should be C.

A - wrong as per Srijay's explanation

B - wrong, because 'whose' refers to 'families' here and it can only refer to human beings, not to entities like a 'family'

(B) children born into families whose members have allergies will probably themselves develop allergies

C - correct! contrary to Srijay, I think 'will probably develop' refers to a child (I don't think even ETS uses 'shall' anymore)

(C) a child born into a family the members of which have allergies will probably develop an allergy

(D) - wrong - same explanation as Srijay

(E) - wrong - I feel it's best to say that 'members of a certain family have allergies' as opposed 'a family in which there are allergies', it makes allergies sounds like pets

(E) children born into a family in which there are allergies will themselves probably develop an allergy

Hey SmashingGrace, I don't agree with your explanation for B
I believe that it is perfectly fine to use "families whose members" as it clearly refers to the members OF the families. On the other hand "family the members of which" is very wordy and unproper english to me.

I did not mean to anger you, Paul! I just expressed my opinion. I still stand by it. I don't claim to be an expert, but today has been the day of the gut feeling. I prefer to wait for the OA.
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23 Jun 2004, 08:48
Oh, I hope does not mean "angry" for I am not. I just thought it was a funny grimace
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23 Jun 2004, 15:02
"Families whose members" is perfectly fine. C has a somewhat bulky and awkward feel to it.
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23 Jun 2004, 20:28
agree that 'families whose members' is perfectly fine.

I think the answer is C.
E refers to family in which there are allergies , this should actually refer to a member(s). the construction is awkward.

C has clear referents. 'a child... will probably develop an allergy'. Author is simply assuming that a child may develop an allery out of numerous allergies that family members have.
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24 Jun 2004, 01:12
dj wrote:
agree that 'families whose members' is perfectly fine.

I think the answer is C.
E refers to family in which there are allergies , this should actually refer to a member(s). the construction is awkward.

C has clear referents. 'a child... will probably develop an allergy'. Author is simply assuming that a child may develop an allery out of numerous allergies that family members have.

DJ, you're right about "an alergy" being one of the many allergies a child may develop. What I don't like in C is "the members of which." "Whose members" is the more concise of the two. But again as sometimes is the case, the answer may be somewhat arbitrary and people will start finding faults with an otherwise OK construction.
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24 Jun 2004, 10:58
ob wrote:
dj wrote:
agree that 'families whose members' is perfectly fine.

I think the answer is C.
E refers to family in which there are allergies , this should actually refer to a member(s). the construction is awkward.

C has clear referents. 'a child... will probably develop an allergy'. Author is simply assuming that a child may develop an allery out of numerous allergies that family members have.

DJ, you're right about "an alergy" being one of the many allergies a child may develop. What I don't like in C is "the members of which." "Whose members" is the more concise of the two. But again as sometimes is the case, the answer may be somewhat arbitrary and people will start finding faults with an otherwise OK construction.
Cheers.

I too thought the same thing while typing my comments But what actually led me to choose C was B's awkward references. Anyway, this SC helped everybody to critically analyze the choices.
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26 Jun 2004, 12:47
Gmatblast, do you have an answer for this one?

Thanks
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26 Jun 2004, 12:56
I am going with D. No explainations at the moment. Explaination if the answer choice D is correct. If not, lips zipped .

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