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That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident

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Project SC Butler: Day 76: Sentence Correction (SC1)

That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated: the defense presented compelling testimony from the victim's ex-wife stating he was prone to fainting spells and could have easily fallen from the boat without being pushed by someone else.

A. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:

B. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be stated confidently:

C. It cannot be confidently stated that it is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury the murder of Colin Sweeney:

D. It cannot be confidently stated that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury:

E. The fact that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:

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21 Jan 2019, 09:50
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A) Is Wrong because that cannot be confidently states is modifying the jury making the sentence sound awkward.
B) is Wrong because of the same reason as A
C)is Wrong because of the placement of murder of Colin Sweeney.Placing it near to jury gives the meaning that Jury is the murder of colin Sweeney
E) is wrong because of the same reason as A and B

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21 Jan 2019, 10:20
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That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated: the defense presented compelling testimony from the victim's ex-wife stating he was prone to fainting spells and could have easily fallen from the boat without being pushed by someone else.

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A. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:
B. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be stated confidently:
E. The fact that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:

In all the 3 options above that (highlighted) is modifying the jury. This construction is incorrect.

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C. It cannot be confidently stated that it is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury the murder of Colin Sweeney:

This seems to say that the name of the jury is the murder of Colin Sweeney :>

Incorrect

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D. It cannot be confidently stated that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury:

This is left and hence is the correct choice. The that at the end is omitted and the construction is correct.

IMO D
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21 Jan 2019, 21:42
That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated: the defense presented compelling testimony from the victim's ex-wife stating he was prone to fainting spells and could have easily fallen from the boat without being pushed by someone else.

A. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:
The double that expresses a construction that should not be paused, but we have got the double colomn, and this makes it awkard. The second that is targeting the jury, but it is not the jury that cannot be confidently stated, but the fact that the murder is unlikely to be seen as an accident.

B. That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be stated confidently:
Similar to A, the double that is awkard.

C. It cannot be confidently stated that it is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury the murder of Colin Sweeney:
Awkard. The first part of the sentence does not provide any subject that is unlikely to be seen as an accidente. The murder of CS is absuderly positioned at the end.

D. It cannot be confidently stated that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury:
Correct one! Here the murder of CS is perfectly modified by the fact "that it cannot be confidently stated". Is unlikely to be seen perfectly targets the murder of CS.

E. The fact that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated:
Similar to A, the double that ruins the sentence. Here the jury cannot be confidently stated, and even if grammatically it could work, it is senseless.

D is correct
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22 Jan 2019, 21:30
All the options revolve around about what is confidentially stated,

Options A,B,C and E incorrectly refers to the jury who are confidentially stated instead of the murder being confidentially stated, so option D is correct and Concise.

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23 Jan 2019, 11:21
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Project SC Butler: Day 76: Sentence Correction (SC1)

That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury that cannot be confidently stated: the defense presented compelling testimony from the victim's ex-wife stating he was prone to fainting spells and could have easily fallen from the boat without being pushed by someone else.

D. It cannot be confidently stated that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury:

Hi everyone. Probably I'm being paranoiac after so many SC. Is possible to understand that the jury committed the "accident"? I suppose I'm wrong but I had that doubt when I was reading the alternatives.

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15 Feb 2019, 02:24
Can someone explain.
What "IT" in option "d". Refer to ?

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15 Feb 2019, 03:24
rinkumaa4 wrote:
Can someone explain.
What "IT" in option "d". Refer to ?[/size]

Hi rinkumaa4, this is one of those rare cases where the antecedent (whatever it refers to) appears after the pronoun it.

D says:

It cannot be confidently stated that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury.

Here, it refers to that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury.

Basically the sentence is:

It (that the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident by the jury) cannot be confidently stated.

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Re: That the murder of Colin Sweeney is unlikely to be seen as an accident   [#permalink] 15 Feb 2019, 03:24
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