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The direction in which the Earth and the other planets - Mercury, Venus and Mars -spins were determined fromcollisions with giant celestial bodies in the early history of the solar system

a) spins were determined from
b) spins were determined because of
c) spins were determined through
d) spin was determined by
e) spin was determined as a result of
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03 Sep 2006, 20:35
B/w D and E for SVA

E should be the answer because Collisions themselves didn't determine anything...

E for me
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03 Sep 2006, 22:40
u2lover wrote:
B/w D and E for SVA

E should be the answer because Collisions themselves didn't determine anything...

E for me

Exactly. Determined by is incorrect within the context of this sentence because the planets had no control over their spin, orbit, etc.

From Cambridge:

determine (DECIDE) Show phonetics
verb [T often passive]
to control or influence something directly, or to decide what will happen:
The number of staff we can take on will be determined by how much money we're allowed to spend.
Your health is determined in part by what you eat.
Eye colour is genetically determined.
[+ question word] FORMAL A pitch inspection will determine whether or not the match will be played.
People should be allowed to determine their own future.
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03 Sep 2006, 22:42
Answer is (D) .Spin is determined by the collisions.The last statement makes it sound like collisions happened on purpose.
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03 Sep 2006, 22:51
Between D and E, I choose D. E seems wordy.

U2, why can't collison determine. The collison can determine things.

Collision of car with the wall will determine the damage to the dummies.

Whats wrong with above sentence????
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03 Sep 2006, 23:06
OA is D

This is from OG 11..

I thought it was E as well.. but the explanation is :

The wordy as a result of is not the correct idiom..
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03 Sep 2006, 23:14
gk3.14 wrote:
OA is D

This is from OG 11..

I thought it was E as well.. but the explanation is :

The wordy as a result of is not the correct idiom..

It's the last SC in OG11. The OE simply says that the idiom "determined as a result of" is incorrectly ued here. Does somebody know of a "determined as a result..." SC for a vertical comparison? I still can't understand why E is incorrect other than it happens to be longer than D:?
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28 Feb 2007, 16:41
gk3.14 wrote:
OA is D

This is from OG 11..

I thought it was E as well.. but the explanation is :

The wordy as a result of is not the correct idiom..

Can anybody explain why "as a result of " is not the correct idiom?
I can easily find lots of examples.

Such as
151. At the beginning of the year, the city allocated \$150 million to cover the increase in wages that it expected to approve as a result of negotiations with the municipal labor unions
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02 Mar 2007, 09:44
I went with E when I did the OG but the answer is D for concision. I hate when they do that - it seems like half the time the most concise is correct and the other half it is wrong because it doesnt refer to the correct subject/verb when placed back in the sentence.

I have spoken about this at length with my tutor and even he says dont always go with the most concise - you need to be careful. Obviously in this cae the most concise is correct.
02 Mar 2007, 09:44
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