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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
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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

tough one.

B. prefer "in addition to" over "besides"
prefer "possibilities to" over "possibilties for".
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04 Aug 2008, 12:11
Between A and E, I choose A.

"possibly" didn't sound too appealing for me.

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04 Aug 2008, 23:27
Choice B seems to be correct. Preventing and inhibiting is in negative sense so "possibilities for" does not sound good.

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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

prevent or inhibit correct
prevent and inhibit incorrect

between B and E

E looks concise
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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

prevent or inhibit correct
prevent and inhibit incorrect

between B and E

E looks concise

Hi there
can you give reasons for

prevent or inhibit correct
prevent and inhibit incorrect

thanks

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14 Aug 2008, 08:21
I think is D. A and B- out becuase of "its". C- out because of "it"
Between D and E I chose D because in the original sentence is "and" not "or". These "or" changes the sentence. What is OA?

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14 Aug 2008, 08:47
It cannot do both "preventing" and "inhibit" so "or" is preferred over "and"

That leaves us with B and E. In B "its" is awkward. E is parallel as well IMO E.

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Official answer per GMAT prep is (E).

or vs. and should be main split and then "possibilities to" is not a correct idiom (possibilities for is correct), E is concise as well.

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Aren't A, B and C out for the simple reason that there is a S-V disagreement.

brewed leaves and its??

Between D & E, It is clearly E.

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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 <prevent and inhibit at the same time?>
D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting<correcto>

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Its a great question friends.IMO E
We can rule out A ,B and C straight. Just check "Its" is referring to what ??
You will realise that it refers to Brewed Leaves: Plural. So, "It" cannot refer to "Leaves."

Another issue is "preventing and inhibiting" or "Preventing or Inhibiting" Both have very different meaning. When you are preventing, you are already inhibiting.......we dont need both to be together !!!
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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

i didnt like the part " its possibilities" which is unidiomatic in itself.

c is not parallel with "reducing"
D > possible preventing is wrong

Therefore E. It also removes the ambiguous "its"

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05 Jul 2011, 03:55
Option E correctly modifies the brewed leaves...

besides possibly preventing or inhibiting .... , , the brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis may also play a role in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

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07 Apr 2012, 06:06
IMO E........

i went for parallelisam

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17 Apr 2012, 11:40
B. in addition to its possibilities to prevent or inhibit

colored part does not make any sense, i.e. E is correct

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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

Not concerned about answer but can pronoun in second clause joined with ";" refer noun in first clause.
In the above problem can "its" can refer tea's.
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16 Aug 2012, 19:48
A short answer would be that yes, an "its" - or other similar pronoun - can be placed after a semicolon while referring to something before the semicolon. Here is an example sentence:

"Superman is the greatest superhero ever made; his ideals and strong sense of morality make him a solid role model even in modern times."

In this particular sentence, however, the "its" would actually more accurately refer to the "brewed leaves of Camellia sinensis", as opposed to the general "tea" found within the first part of the sentence.

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Can someone provide a detailed analyis on this question. Thanks! why isn't "and" used here?
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Can someone provide a detailed analyis on this question. Thanks! why isn't "and" used here?

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.

The "subject" of the underlined portion is "the brewed leaves": PLURAL => it/its have no reference. We can eliminate A B C.

D. besides the possible preventing and inhibiting of<== this is not idiomatic
E. besides possibly preventing or inhibiting

To answer you question about "and", I think it's more logical to say
prevent OR inhibit, just because you cannot do both things at once: you can either prevent OR inhibit.
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