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# The medical profession is not in agreement about how to

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The medical profession is not in agreement about how to treat
snakebites; physicians are unsure about how much antiserum
to use, and there is controversy over
the relative merits of surgery and antivenins.

A) unsure about how much antiserum to use, and there is controversy over
B) not sure how much antiserum they should use and have a controversy about
C) unsure how much antiserum they should use, and they have controversy about
D) not sure as to how much antiserum they should be using, and there is a controversy over
E) unsure about how much antiserum should be used, and they have a controversy as to what is

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21 Mar 2009, 09:03
The answer should be A as it seems parallel.

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21 Mar 2009, 09:13
Consider the following piece of statement.

physicians are unsure about how much antiserum
to use,and there is controversy over the relative merits of surgery and antivenins

Here AND is a parallel marker with a , preceeding it. It means that we need to have a clause on either sides of the ",AND". Is a "," is not preceeding the AND then subject will be shared by the parallel elements.

My apporach in SC is to eliminate the wrong answers.

For Option E, we have "......WHAT IS the relative merits". Usage of IS is incorrect with merits. Hence E is out of the game.

I remember reading somewhere that GMAT prefers to use NOT …… rather UN…..Based on this, A and C are out out. (One more reason for E to be out)

In option D, we have “NOT SURE AS TO….” Wordy. Hence it is also out of the game.

I will go with B.

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21 Mar 2009, 12:50
First things first..Controversy is a noun. Some options in the ques say "they have a controversy". This seems to indicate that someone possesses controversy, according to me this is awkward. Hence B C E are out. Again E is an awkward choice to choose. Hence A acc to me is answer.
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21 Mar 2009, 13:02
Hi mates

IMO A

B and C out: "sure" needs a preposition afterward
D out: "as" is not used properly
E out: "have a controversy as to what is" sounds akward to me

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21 Mar 2009, 20:42
I agree that "controversy" is not something to possess!

OA is A

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21 Mar 2009, 23:03
The medical profession is not in agreement about how to treat
snakebites; physicians are unsure about how much antiserum
to use, and there is controversy over the relative merits of surgery and antivenins.

A) unsure about how much antiserum to use, and there is controversy over (Correct)
B) not sure how much antiserum they should use and have a controversy about (unsure is prefered over not sure, parallesim issue)
C) unsure how much antiserum they should use, and they have controversy about (IIissue, contoversy about)D) not sure as to how much antiserum they should be using, and there is a controversy over (, before and IIsim)E) unsure about how much antiserum should be used, and they have a controversy as to what is (awkward construction)

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