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# The introduction of high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener in the

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10 Feb 2018, 10:28
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The introduction of high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener in the food industry in the 1970s is responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consumes daily.

A is responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consumes

B was responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consumes

C is responsible for the extraordinary amounts of empty calories that the average American is consuming

D has been responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consumed

E is responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consume

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10 Feb 2018, 13:50
Imo c no of emty calories is spurious..

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10 Feb 2018, 22:29
I will go with E as consume for average American is apt

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10 Feb 2018, 22:45
the correct answer to this question is A , since it uses the correct verb form at the beginning and ending of the sentence. IS and the verb at the end Consumes are correct . In rest of the options the use of verb form is incorrect
B- was -consumes
C- is - consuming
D has been - Consumed
E- is Consume(Has subject verb agreement error)
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12 Feb 2018, 13:46
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Hi Tridhipal,

Another great question! Let's go through the answers and determine the quickest way to answer.

Let's start with how each answer begins - is responsible / was responsible / has been responsible. They each mean something different, so let's figure out which one is best to fit with the rest of the sentence:

is responsible = introducing corn syrup in the 70s is currently affecting people in the present = GOOD
was responsible = introducing corn syrup in the 70s affected people back then, but not anymore = BAD
has been responsible = introducing corn syrup in the 70s affected people back then AND today = BAD

So, let's rule out answers B & D because the verb tense doesn't work well. Now that we've narrowed things down, let's check for any other problems we can find to rule out bad answers:

A is responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consumes

A is CORRECT because it uses proper verb tenses, uses the correct "number" to refer to calories, and the word "consumes" agrees in person with the singular "American."

C is responsible for the extraordinary amounts of empty calories that the average American is consuming

C is INCORRECT because it says "amounts of empty calories," which is wrong because "amounts" should only be used to refer to volume, not things that can be singularly numbered like calories.

E is responsible for the extraordinary number of empty calories that the average American consume

E is INCORRECT because "American" is singular, but the verb "consume" is plural. They don't agree, so this is wrong.
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28 May 2018, 00:24
"is" is correctly used to mention Simple Present (fact)

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the correct answer to this question is A , since it uses the correct verb form at the beginning and ending of the sentence. IS and the verb at the end Consumes are correct . In rest of the options the use of verb form is incorrect
B- was -consumes
C- is - consuming
D has been - Consumed
E- is Consume(Has subject verb agreement error)

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