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

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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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12 Sep 2004, 01:45
D is my choice. When we say 'debated' it already means there are either two people debating about it or number of people debating about it. In this sentence 'among' would make most sense as we have large group called 'biologists'. However the only choice (c) with 'among' in it is lousy interms of construction (without commas or conjunctions).

Now that 'between' is wrong in this context here and the choice with 'among' is also out. D makes most sense - and address this question 'debated by whom?' - and answers it as 'by biologists'.

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12 Sep 2004, 15:50
D, elminate any with between, C has no punctuation. I think which refers to inorganic materials rather than theory ; Can anybody confirm this for me please. D is the correct modifier for theory.
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12 Sep 2004, 20:10
which is not clear what it is trying to modify. Placing theory after systems makes it clearer
Between D and E, I choose D. Between is used when making a choice between two items, but there's only one theory here. 'By' explains who are debating this theory.

(D) for me.

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13 Sep 2004, 00:57
OA is D

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13 Sep 2004, 01:04
Out of the lot D is the best choice.
A, B and E use between inappropriately
C is close (In my view would have been the strongest if preceeded by verb is)

Isn't "a theory...." redundant in the answer choice D, as in the begening only, the author cites "a school of thought"?

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13 Sep 2004, 01:07
Of the given options D is the best.
A, B and E use different in appropriately.
C would have been the strongest if preceeded by a verb "is"

Isn't "a theory..." redundant in the answer choice D, as the author has already cited "A school of thought..." at the start of the sentence?

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