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The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms.

(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms
(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear
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2 reasons I feel A is wrong

1. Fear is well founded. Its based upon the past.
2. (A) few people are known to recover from the disease ---> You must exclude the people who have the symptoms now and still recovering – to make such a statement.

people are sampled from the past not the present. "have recovered from the disease" looks alright.

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Hi serhio,
Can you please clarify? I think it is A, too. But I am not very sure why B is incorrect.

In option A, "..to recover" seems correct because it is a fact and is still true. The usage of "...to have recovered" in option B seems to refer to events in the past.
Also in B, "once" is used rather than "after" (I read somewhere that "after" is preferable). Additionally, "have appeared" should be simple past "appeared".

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I am quoting from another source I found on a google search :

"I still feel B is the right choice. The sentence begins with a statement that the fear of rabies is well founded and the second part is trying to get evidence from past to substantiate why the fear if rabies is well founded - namely very few people are known to have recovered once the symptoms have fully appeared.

Option A makes it sound like there is a fixed set of people who are well known for their ability to recover from rabies (as if they do it multiple times just to prove their ability). e.g Spartans were known warriors.
Somehow the more i look at A, the more the message being conveyed by A gets unclear "

Other posts in the same forum claim that the OA is (b)
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08 Jun 2010, 02:38
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Yep C is indeed a change of meaning.

sag wrote:
I was left between B or C as both should be Independent Clauses..

But C is having few known people which changes the meaning. So the Ans is B..

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09 Sep 2010, 08:22
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IMO "B"

a) changes the context when use "recover"

b. few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared - "good"
c. there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared - here "known people" says the writer knows the pple who have recovered
d. after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease - ditto.
e. recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear - this stmt say "few pple know the recovery"
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B is good answer. The semi colon there means new sentence and B can be a stand alone sentence
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08 Jun 2011, 18:22
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IMO B

E says recovery from the disease is known FOR only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear..

doesnt this mean that the instances of recovery are known ABOUT few people and not TO few people..?

Please correct me if I am wrong.
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08 Jun 2010, 01:58
I was left between B or C as both should be Independent Clauses..

But C is having few known people which changes the meaning. So the Ans is B..
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08 Jun 2010, 03:03
no guys,

it is A - clear and consice
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08 Jun 2010, 03:18
Hi serhio,
Can you please clarify? I think it is A, too. But I am not very sure why B is incorrect.

In option A, "..to recover" seems correct because it is a fact and is still true. The usage of "...to have recovered" in option B seems to refer to events in the past.
Also in B, "once" is used rather than "after" (I read somewhere that "after" is preferable). Additionally, "have appeared" should be simple past "appeared".
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09 Sep 2010, 05:39
I think the answer should be B, does anyone have the OA ?
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I narrowed it down to (A) or (B) and went with (A) because (B) seems needlessly wordy and clunky.
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09 Sep 2010, 09:04
shrouded1 wrote:
I am quoting from another source I found on a google search :

"I still feel B is the right choice. The sentence begins with a statement that the fear of rabies is well founded and the second part is trying to get evidence from past to substantiate why the fear if rabies is well founded - namely very few people are known to have recovered once the symptoms have fully appeared.

Option A makes it sound like there is a fixed set of people who are well known for their ability to recover from rabies (as if they do it multiple times just to prove their ability). e.g Spartans were known warriors.
Somehow the more i look at A, the more the message being conveyed by A gets unclear "

Other posts in the same forum claim that the OA is (b)

+1 Kudos, I think the difference between A and B whether or not the past perfect should be used.
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09 Sep 2010, 20:29
b ..

wonderfully explained by everybody !!
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16 Sep 2010, 20:28
I agree with shrouded1's googled explanation. In A's "known to recover" seems to hold a present tense that describe the current abilities of a few people. But in B it seems clear that some have recovered from the disease in the past.
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08 Jun 2011, 07:58
B seems rite bt i think word 'only' shud be used to illustrate the intensity of fear which is done in option E...plz elaborate if i m wrong
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08 Jun 2011, 10:22
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The fear of rabies is well founded; few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms.

(A) few people are known to recover from the disease after the appearance of the clinical symptoms
(B) few people are known to have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(C) there are few known people who have recovered from the disease once the clinical symptoms have appeared
(D) after the clinical symptoms appear, there are few known people who have recovered from the disease
(E) recovery from the disease is known for only a few people after the clinical symptoms appear

Ans. is B
See in A is the use of an infinitive ("to recover") implies that the event happened in the past, is happening in present, and it will happen in the future. But here the SC is talking about past events only, so "have recovered" is better.

C is awkward starting with there are.
D is also awkward.

E changes the logic. It says that only few people knows about the recovery, when it should say that there are few people who recovered.
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08 Jun 2011, 11:36
The best choice is B. The present perfect sense -- "Have appeared" and "Have recovered" make sense here because the recovery and and symptoms started in the past...but touch the present. This is best expressed with the present perfect tense.

Choice A seems to suggest that there is a "specific group" of people who are known to recover from the symptoms of rabies RATHER THAN suggest that some people have actually managed to recover and overcome the symptoms of rabies and will continue to do so in the future as well (Choice B). Also, we have an unspecific expression "once" in choice B...so "present perfect" tense. We also use the Present Perfect tense to talk about different actions that have occurred in the past at different times..Present Perfect suggests the process is not complete and more actions are possible..
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08 Jun 2011, 12:07
B it is for me, I had narrowed it down to A and B and finally opted for B because 'known to recover' didn't seem right in the context of the sentence, but I couldn't nail down the exact issue. Shrouded has done an awesome job with the explanation!
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09 Jun 2011, 05:39
brilliant explanations, b sounds good..
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