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The players were often punished by the referee’s lack of alertness who penalized all those who were involved in fighting, regardless of who had instigated it.

(A) The players were often punished by the referee’s lack of alertness who penalized

(B) The referee’s lack of alertness often caused him to penalize

(C) The players were punished by the lack of alertness of the referee who penalized often

(D) Lacking alertness, the referee’s choice was to penalize often

(E) His lack of alertness to brutality often caused the referee to penalize

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New post 25 Nov 2019, 08:18
Can some provide the explanation for this question
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 09:13
A & B has possessive pronoun and cannot refer back to who or him.
Hence A & B can be eliminated.
Option D lacking alertness refers to the referee's choice. This is wrong as it is the referee who is lacking alertness not his choice. Eliminate D.
Between C and E, C is better.

C should be the answer.
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New post 25 Nov 2019, 09:34
IMO it is B because the subject and object are correctly placed. Subject is 'referee's lack of alertness' and object is penalised players. The sentence makes sense even if 'players' isn't mentioned.
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