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# The 19th-century proponents of the school of thought known

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07 Jul 2005, 21:22
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The 19th-century proponents of the school of thought known as mechanism held that life process are not the products of some mysterious life force, but are the same chemical and physical processes that operate in inorganic systems, which is still a subject of debate between biologists today.

(A) systems, which is still a subject of debate between
(B) systems, which are still debated between
(C) systems still debated among
(D) systems, a theory still debated by
(E) systems, a theory still debated between

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07 Jul 2005, 23:12
D

A & B - 'which' does not connect the DC correctly.
C - sounds like the specific to only 'inorganic systems that are still debated .. "

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08 Jul 2005, 04:37
C looks like a trap ( among biologists)....

D stands out

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08 Jul 2005, 13:10
Are they debating the inorganic systems or the theory? I say D.

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08 Jul 2005, 13:23
You can not use between.

Only choice left is c and d.
C says, systems still debated among. We could have easily used a restrive clause without using systems as a subject of new clause. And morover, systems can not be debated, subject matters are.

So D is my choice too.

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10 Jul 2005, 23:13
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The 19th-century proponents of the school of thought known as mechanism held that life process are not the products of some mysterious life force, but are the same chemical and physical processes that operate in inorganic systems, which is still a subject of debate between biologists today.

is this sentence correct? i mean is the verb "are" correct? and how the plural "systems" can be refered as "a theory"?

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11 Jul 2005, 12:54

C changes the meaning of the sentence.
E is a trap. Between is used when you are discussing two objects, persons or things.

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11 Jul 2005, 19:56
D for me

is this sentence correct? i mean is the verb "are" correct? and how the plural "systems" can be refered as "a theory"?

the DC is modifying the 'theory', not 'systems'

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11 Jul 2005, 20:35
A and B are out since 'which' refers to the systems. The sentence thus suggests the debate is about the systems and not the mechanism of life process
C has the same issue as A and B.

Between D and E, D is best since between is used for 2 people. In this case, we can't tell if it's between two people from the word 'biologists'

D for me

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14 Jul 2005, 13:14
Debated by is bettter than "debated between".
Debated among could be correct but D sounds correct.

I go with D.

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