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# The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero

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The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature; this stimulation sometimes results in the activation of certain biological cooling mechanisms, one of which is perspiration.

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature

Certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature does

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

OA is D.

What is the role of 'that'. It is not a relative clause here, isnt it.
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26 Aug 2010, 05:13
D. The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

As you said, its D.

I simplified the sentence as : The reason is that these foods contain a chemical.

step 1. Remove extra info
The reason that certain spicy foods make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical

step 2 . Remove internal clause
The reason that certain spicy foods make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical

Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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28 Aug 2010, 06:36
'spicy foods' is plural and hence needs 'make' (plural)
spicy foods....make people sweat

'reason' and 'because' are redundant.

stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature --> correct comparison

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature; this stimulation sometimes results in the activation of certain biological cooling mechanisms, one of which is perspiration.

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature

Certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature does

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature - CORRECT

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature
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14 Feb 2011, 00:38
Please tell me whether choice C is wrong because of pronoun 'They'.

seekmba wrote:
'spicy foods' is plural and hence needs 'make' (plural)
spicy foods....make people sweat

'reason' and 'because' are redundant.

stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature --> correct comparison

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature; this stimulation sometimes results in the activation of certain biological cooling mechanisms, one of which is perspiration.

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature

Certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature does

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature - CORRECT

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature
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14 Feb 2011, 01:03
i go with D....spicy foods takes plular verb make & because and reason ..redundancy....
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15 Jun 2012, 03:45
Please confirm the OA... IMO it is D
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Okay, this one can be dealt with pretty swiftly, as long as you know what is being tested:

1. Redundancy: 'The reason...because' is considered redundant. Eliminate (A), (E).

2. Like vs. As: When comparing verbs we must use 'as'. Eliminate (B), (C)

The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature; this stimulation sometimes results in the activation of certain biological cooling mechanisms, one of which is perspiration.

(A) The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerve endings in the mouth as does a rise in temperature

(B) The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, makes some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature

(C) Certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth like a rise in temperature does

(D) The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is that these foods contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature ANSWER

(E) The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero pepper, make some people sweat is because they contain a chemical that stimulates the same nerves in the mouth as does a rise in temperature
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Re: The reason that certain spicy foods, such as the Habanero  [#permalink]

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28 Sep 2017, 13:29
OE:

There are three errors in the sentence. First, the plural subject “foods” does not agree with the
singular verb “makes.” Second, the pronoun “they” has an ambiguous referent: it could refer either to
“foods” or “people.” Third, “the reason X is because Y” is redundant.

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The plural subject “foods” does not agree with the singular verb “makes.” In addition, it is not
clear to what “a rise in temperature” is being compared; a clearer and more logical comparison is “a
chemical that stimulates … as does a rise in temperature.”

(C) The pronoun “they” has an ambiguous referent: it could refer either to “foods” or “people.”
In addition, the clause “a rise in temperature does” should be introduced by “as” rather
than “like,” which, in this context, should be used to introduce a noun. The correct forms
of the idiom are “X behaves like Y,” “X behaves as Y does”, or “X behaves as does Y.”

(D) CORRECT. The choice corrects all three errors in the original sentence. The plural "foods" agrees
with the plural "make." The ambiguous "they" is replaced by "these foods," and the redundant
construction “the reason X is because Y” is gone.

(E) The pronoun “they” has an ambiguous referent: it could refer either to “foods” or “people.” In
addition, the clause “the reason X is because Y” is redundant. The correct forms of the idiom are “X is
because Y” and “the reason X is Y.”
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