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The longer an addict continues his habit

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The longer an addict continues his habit, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns.


a. the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
b, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as it requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
c. it is more difficult for the addict to quit as doing so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
d. difficulty increases for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
e. the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms that are responsible for the patterns of compulsive behavior
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"The longer an addict continues his habit, the more difficult" is the correct idiom. Eliminate choices C and D.

Between A, B and E:

a. the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns - Correct

b, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as it requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns - Incorrect - 'it requires' incorrectly refers to the habit.

e. the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms that are responsible for the patterns of compulsive behavior - Incorrect - Meaning error

Answer: A
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New post 17 Apr 2016, 04:21
It all boils down to 2 options
for me it was A & E & I chose E :(
a. mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
e. mechanisms that are responsible for the patterns of compulsive behavior

Can someone or bb suggest what type of questions I need to practice to choose the right meaning one?
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The longer an addict continues his habit, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns.


a. the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
b, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as it requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
c. it is more difficult for the addict to quit as doing so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
d. difficulty increases for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms responsible for compulsive behavioral patterns
e.the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as to do so requires a reorganization of the neuro-biological mechanisms that are responsible for the patterns of compulsive behavior Aren't neurbio.... responsible for compulsive behaviour?. Also, please explain me the meaning of the original sentence.
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C and D are unidiomatic. The correct idiom form is ‘The X…the more Y’.



B has a modifier error, in it ‘it requires’ incorrectly refers to the habit.



E has a meaning change. ‘patterns of compulsive behavior’ does not mean the same thing as ‘compulsive behavioral patterns’



So, A is the correct option.
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New post 07 Nov 2019, 04:08
I got confused between option 'A' and 'E' and ultimately ended up choosing option 'E'. Can someone kindly explain why E is better than A.

B also seemed like a good option to me but I ultimately rejected it because of the ambiguous second 'it' in the sentence.
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New post 07 Nov 2019, 06:52
First, let’s scan the options.

Option C cannot be the right answer because when the pronoun it is introduced after the introductory phrase and comma, the modifier rule does not apply correctly. Structurally and logically, we know that since there is a comparison “the longer the addict continues…” it should be followed by another comparison (something like, say—the shorter it takes or the heavier it becomes, etc.) Here the comparative form is “more difficult”. Hence, all other options without this comparison can be eliminated.

We are now left with A, B, and E.

Let’s look at Option B. This option changes “as to do so requires” in the original sentence to “as it requires”. When you substitute this option in the sentence it reads: The longer an addict continues his habit, the more difficult it is for the addict to quit as it requires a reorganization of the…”
Now the addition of ‘it’ modifies not “for the addict to quit” but “his habit”. We can eliminate this option, considering how it is a modifier error and also an ambiguous pronoun.

Option E rephrases the original “compulsive behavioral patterns” to “patterns of compulsive behavior”.
What is the intent of the original sentence? It says that it becomes more difficult to change the mechanisms in the brain that are responsible for habits or "compulsive behaviors. It is not the same as "patterns of compulsive behavior’. We can eliminate E for this very reason.

Option A, the correct answer choice, retains the idiomatic structure and the intent.
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