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The defense attorney argued that his client's actions were

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The defense attorney argued that his client's actions were caused by emotional distress rather than acting violently.

(A) were caused by emotional distress rather than acting violently
(B) was caused by emotional distress rather than acting violently
(C) were caused by emotional distress than acting violently
(D) were caused by emotional distress rather than a propensity towards violence
(E) were caused by emotional distress than a propensity towards violence








Initially, I chose option A, but the OA is option D. But how come? because "acting" in option B is also a noun. How come "acting" is looked at as a verb? because I think that it's only a gerund.

EDIT: What I meant here was that I initially picked option A. I've already corrected it.

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New post 08 Dec 2008, 05:29
"rather than" is a conjunction and hence both sides of this conjunction must be parallel. And, "Acting" does not make it parallel.

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D really sounds like a winner to me

first of all, B is wrong because you have to say his actions "were" since actions is plural. Second, you cant say his actions were caused by acting violently because it doesnt make sense.

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