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# The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much

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rishabhdxt wrote:
is this correct ?

besides the possible preventing or inhibiting of

Hello rishabhdxt,

The structure that you have mentioned in your post is not correct.

See, the thing is when a structure demands the usage of the noun form of a word, then we must use the conventional noun form of the word and not the verb-ing form of the noun form as we see in the structure you have presented in your post.

The correct structure can be as follows: besides the possible prevention or inhibition of.

However, the way choice E is worded is apt.

Hope this helps.
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27 Jul 2017, 09:01
My reasoning below:
The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting - incorrect formation - 'to' prevent or inhibit - prevent and inhibit cannot happen together
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit - isolated its correct, but not parallel to 'reducing'
C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits - not parallel to reducing
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of - awkward - 'inhibiting' of
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting - parallel and concise with the addition of 'or'

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27 Jul 2017, 09:24
x97agarwal wrote:
The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Quote:
A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit
C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits

The Subject for the dependent clause is 'brewed leaves' which is plural. 'it/its' cannot refer to a plural noun. So we can knock out A,B,C straight away!
Plus, Prevent and Inhibit are essentially synonyms so we NEED an 'or' rather than a 'and'.

Quote:
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of

We need an 'Or' and not an 'And'.
Plus 'possible preventing', REALLY? We have a Noun and it's 'Prevention' so this is just WRONG. OUT

Quote:
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

No Grammatical Errors.

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27 Jul 2017, 09:44
x97agarwal wrote:
The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit
C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

E is the answer as it is concise and uses good language
A is wordy and "its" is ambiguous
B again " its " is ambiguous and use of infinitive is not correct .
C it is ambiguous
D we have to use nouns here we have gerunds so not correct .
E correct
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05 Sep 2017, 10:04
Can you please help me with sentence structure of this question? B, D and E look correct to me.

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Can you please help me with sentence structure of this question? B, D and E look correct to me.

Two sentences can be connected with ";"

Sentence-1: The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research
Sentence-2: in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Sentence-2a: "in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer" - Modifier
Sentence-2b: "the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke." - Main clause

ITS possibilities --> whose possibilities?? so here you look for the subject of the "ITS"

but subject of main clause is "the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis" i.e. LEAVES and "leaveS" is plural. so "its" referring to plural subject "leaveS" is incorrect.

look for this issue in all other sentences - A, B & C all of these choices are wrong for this reason.

Now who is doing the action preventing or say inhibiting? -- Leaves

so choice E correctly uses the structure "verbing...,subject"

Now beware of choice D here because it fools you with "THE PREVENTING OF", which is not VERBING.

Now there are other flaws as in choices but i was able to get to the righ answer with simply the above issues.

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D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of--- preventing and inhibiting is wrong. It has to be one of them and not both.

E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting --- correct
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06 Sep 2017, 03:50
Imo E
It is short and concise .
Also
Preventing or inhibiting modifies tea .
B is long and its is ambiguous

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09 Sep 2017, 11:19
The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting
- "and" is incorrect here. PREVENTING = INHIBITING, so this sets up a redundancy error.

B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit
- "its" incorrectly refers to "brewed leaves" -- so not only should "its" be PLURAL, but "plural + possibilities" = UNIDIOMATIC.

C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits
- "and" sets up redundancy error

D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of
- "the preventing and inhibiting" = UNIDIOMATIC. "and" sets up redundancy error.

E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting
- correct as is

> i think the key thing is that if you can find the redundancy error here, you're golden -- you have a 50/50 shot of getting it right if you were guessing.

> if you spot the "its"/"it" error -- noting that "its" refers to a PLURAL subject, you also have a 50/50 shot of getting it right if you were guessing.

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x97agarwal wrote:
The health benefits of tea have been the subject of much research; in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting some forms of cancer, the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
A. in addition to its possibilities for preventing and inhibiting
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit
C. besides the possibility that it prevents and inhibits
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

Guys E is correct because it is grammatically correct and between B and E, E is more concise. Concision is often favored on the GMAT. But that doesn't necessarily mean the most concise answer choice is correct- the most concise answer choice that is both logically and grammatically correct.

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