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The Phlogiston theory attempted to explain combustion in terms of the release of a “heat substance” from the burning material, but that theory was inconsistent with the increase in mass of the oxides resulting from combustion.

(A) that theory was inconsistent with the increase in mass of the oxides

(B) that theory was inconsistent to the increasing mass of the oxides

(C) that this theory was inconsistent with more mass for the oxides

(D) that this theory was inconsistent for increasing the oxides mass

(E) that theory had inconsistencies in the larger masses of the oxides
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The Phlogiston theory attempted to explain combustion in terms of the release of a “heat substance” from the burning material, but that theory was inconsistent with the increase in mass of the oxides resulting from combustion.

Pre-thinking : The phlogiston theory tried to explain combustion but the theory was inconsistent with a finding.
Notice the usage of comma + but which means we are connecting (in our cases contrasting) two independent clauses (related in ideas)
So, the part after 'but' should be an independent clause.

(A) that theory was inconsistent with the increase in mass of the oxides.
Looks fine as per prethinking. Idiomatic usage of 'inconsistent'.
(B) that theory was inconsistent to the increasing mass of the oxides
Wrong idiom. Something 'inconsistent with' something, is the correct idiom.
(C) that this theory was inconsistent with more mass for the oxides
Isn't a clause. usage of 'for' is wrong.
(D) that this theory was inconsistent for increasing the oxides mass
Isn't a clause. 'inconsistent for' is wrong usage. 'theory' didn't increase the oxides mass.
(E) that theory had inconsistencies in the larger masses of the oxides
'larger masses' is wrong usage. Usage of past perfect tense isn't wrong (states that theory previously had inconsistencies, and currently,the theory attempted to explain..

Additional notes: We are talking about one particular theory. And we are using a co-ordinating conjunction to join independent clauses related in idea. So, even if 'the theory' is used instead of 'that theory', the sentence would still look fine (in fact, 'the theory' is more apt, here)
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