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# The veteran journalist suspected the jury as terrified of convicting t

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The veteran journalist suspected the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send his accomplices to prison as well.

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

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IMO E

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ------> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; suspect to be followed by that ; WRONG

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ---> parallelism issue and meaning issue; WRONG

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending ----> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending ---> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending --> CORRECT
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27 Dec 2018, 05:10
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Meaning Analysis: The jury is afraid of the mobster - due to X- and to send Y to prison as well.

Incorrect: Suspected the jury.
Correct: Suspected that "something happened"

Eliminating A and B.

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending
Since "them" and "their" is dangling pronoun with no antecedent. It is incorrect.

Now we are left with D and E. Let us check for parallelism.
D. has fear of convicting X and sending Y.
E. was terrified of conflicting X and of sending Y.
I go with E as X is a clause and for clarity.

I am really struck between D and E.

E might be correct if this's the case:
Has fear of X --- sounds non-idiomatic?
Could possibly --- redundant? As pointed by Yash312
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Project SC Butler: Day 50: Sentence Correction (SC1)

The veteran journalist suspected the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send his accomplices to prison as well.

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

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There is a simple grammatical rule we can follow.The word “that” should appear after the verb “suspected” because it introduces a new clause. “As terrified” is not a complete verb phrase, therefore the correct form would be “was terrified”. Also, the journalist’s suspicion is described in the past tense (suspected) and so must the jury’s terror: was terrified. The word"possibly" is redundant, since the use of "could" points out that it is a mere possibility.
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02 Jan 2019, 05:01
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IMO E

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ------> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; suspect to be followed by that ; WRONG

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ---> parallelism issue and meaning issue; WRONG

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending ----> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending ---> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending --> CORRECT

I have a query.Jury is singular here because the helping verb used is "was". what do them and their refer to? them and their can refer to a plural noun only , but in this case,our noun is singular.

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02 Jan 2019, 19:12
The edit has not been carried out to the question. There is a typo in option D.
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02 Jan 2019, 21:46
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sonusaini1 wrote:
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IMO E

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ------> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; suspect to be followed by that ; WRONG

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ---> parallelism issue and meaning issue; WRONG

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending ----> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending ---> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending --> CORRECT

I have a query.Jury is singular here because the helping verb used is "was". what do them and their refer to? them and their can refer to a plural noun only , but in this case,our noun is singular.

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sonusaini1 , you are correct. Nice catch.

From a strategic standpoint, the good news is that every answer contains that error.

A jury can be either singular or plural, but not both in the same sentence.

When we talk about a jury acting together, as a unit, we use a singular verb or pronoun.

When we are talking about individual jurors, we use plural verbs and pronouns. A jury does not have family members; a jury does not fear for "its" family members.

Members of the jury can fear for their family members.

This construction is better:

E) that [members of] the jury [were] terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

Nice work.
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02 Jan 2019, 21:48
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The edit has not been carried out to the question. There is a typo in option D.

vikeshv , I do not see a typo.

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02 Jan 2019, 22:27
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sonusaini1 wrote:
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Yash312 wrote:
IMO E

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ------> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; suspect to be followed by that ; WRONG

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send ---> parallelism issue and meaning issue; WRONG

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending ----> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending ---> could and possibly together are redundant as per meaning; WRONG

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending --> CORRECT

I have a query.Jury is singular here because the helping verb used is "was". what do them and their refer to? them and their can refer to a plural noun only , but in this case,our noun is singular.

Thanks

sonusaini1 , you are correct. Nice catch.

From a strategic standpoint, the good news is that every answer contains that error.

A jury can be either singular or plural, but not both in the same sentence.

When we talk about a jury acting together, as a unit, we use a singular verb or pronoun.

When we are talking about individual jurors, we use plural verbs and pronouns. A jury does not have family members; a jury does not fear for "its" family members.

Members of the jury can fear for their family members.

This construction is better:

E) that [members of] the jury [were] terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

Nice work.

Thanks a lot generis for the detailed explanation.

Sir,In this situation, how should one approach the question?

Thanks & Regards
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sonusaini1 wrote:
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The veteran journalist suspected the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send his accomplices to prison as well.

A. the jury as terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

B. the jury to be terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and to send

C. that the jury’s terror to convict the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

D. that the jury has a fear of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could possibly cost them and their families physical harm – and sending

E. that the jury was terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

I have a query.Jury is singular here because the helping verb used is "was". what do them and their refer to? them and their can refer to a plural noun only , but in this case,our noun is singular.

Thanks
generis wrote:
sonusaini1 , you are correct. Nice catch.

From a strategic standpoint, the good news is that every answer contains that error.

A jury can be either singular or plural, but not both in the same sentence.

When we talk about a jury acting together, as a unit, we use a singular verb or pronoun.

When we are talking about individual jurors, we use plural verbs and pronouns. A jury does not have family members; a jury does not fear for "its" family members.

Members of the jury can fear for their family members.

This construction is better:

E) that [members of] the jury [were] terrified of convicting the infamous mobster – a decision that could cost them and their families physical harm – and of sending

Nice work.

Thanks a lot @generis for the detailed explanation.

Sir,In this situation, how should one approach the question?

Thanks & Regards

sonusaini1 , in this situation, because all answer choices contain the error, ignore it.

Further, the information is set off by dashes. It is not essential. Take it out.

Find the other errors.

Split #1 - the verb "suspect" must be followed by the word "that"

Correct: The veteran journalist suspected THAT the jury
WRONG: The veteran journalist suspected the jury

Some verbs must be followed by that.

bb , founder of GMAT Club, wrote an excellent post about verbs (and adjectives) after which the word "that" must follow. Take a look HERE

Eliminate A and B.

Split #2 - redundancy

C, D, and E remain. Both C and D use "could possibly." Could implies possibly.

Eliminate C and D.

OR
Split #2a: Incomplete sentence /lack of parallelism

Option C has no verb:

X suspected that
the jury’s terror to convict [the mobster] and of sending his accomplices to prison as well.

C (rewritten with a verb) is not parallel:

X suspected that the jury harbored terror to convict [should be OF CONVICTING] the mobster and of sendING his his accomplices to prison as well.

Eliminate C

Split #3 : verb tense disagreement
In D, simple past (suspected) does not match simple present (has)

WRONG: The journalist suspectED that the jury HAS a fear

Correct:The journalist suspectED that the jury HAD a fear

-- Had in this case is NOT a helping verb.
-- HAD means "possessed, "owned," or "contained," or "experienced" a fear.

Eliminate D

Hope that helps.
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06 Jan 2019, 11:00

Can I eliminate (D) on the grounds of parallelism that there is
no OF before sending.
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