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# V06 # Q40

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16 Oct 2008, 07:04
A controversial study suggests that the violent behavior displayed by some teenagers who play several hours of video games a day is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain rather than the absorption of any specifically violent content.

a) is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
b) are due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
C) is due to damage to the developmental frontal lobe region of the brain
D) are due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe
E) is due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe region

It's obvious to eliminate b) and d) by Subject-V agreement (singular and phural).
To determine the correct answer from a&c&e) is difficult. Pls help explain
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16 Oct 2008, 11:04
Hi puipui,

I am not an expert at SC as I am figuring it out myself. But I feel A is the best answer.

My reasoning:-

B & D are instant incorrects due to are/is.

I found A to not have any obvious errors.

I find that C actually changes the meaning. C sounded awkward..." developmental frontal lobe region" It also sounded like it changed the meaning to me.

For me it was down to A & D.

D looked correct to me but reading it one more time made it more awkward then A.

Best to get one of the experts to give us a better solution. I think the proper solution is going to be to do with comparison/parrallelism ( because of the rather than), which I couldn't honestly see.

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16 Oct 2008, 19:30
Yep u r right
the correct answer from gmatclub, owner of this test, is A, but I still question about the awkwardness of e).
We know that John's X is better than X of John <from SC official guide>. Are there any conflict with this question?
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20 Oct 2008, 15:58
puipui wrote:
A controversial study suggests that the violent behavior displayed by some teenagers who play several hours of video games a day is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain rather than the absorption of any specifically violent content.

a) is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
b) are due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
C) is due to damage to the developmental frontal lobe region of the brain
D) are due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe
E) is due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe region

It's obvious to eliminate b) and d) by Subject-V agreement (singular and phural).
To determine the correct answer from a&c&e) is difficult. Pls help explain

B and D out
Between A C E
C is out damage to dev sounds awkward
E is out since we are using damages to the brain is incorrect
correct idiom is damage to !!! developmental is adverb here .

hence clearly A remains !!
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30 Oct 2008, 13:07
puipui wrote:
A controversial study suggests that the violent behavior displayed by some teenagers who play several hours of video games a day is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain rather than the absorption of any specifically violent content.

a) is due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
b) are due to developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain
C) is due to damage to the developmental frontal lobe region of the brain
D) are due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe
E) is due to developmental damages to the brain’s frontal lobe region

It's obvious to eliminate b) and d) by Subject-V agreement (singular and phural).
To determine the correct answer from a&c&e) is difficult. Pls help explain

As said above, B and D do not need to explain.
C is also wrong to have ".........to damage to the developmental.............."

A & E are both, I believe, gramatically correct. Even C is also not really incorrect. In this case, keep the original answer. Why? If the answer choices are not obviously incorrect, then keep the original one. Thats what I read somewhere in the forum.

Therefore A.
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01 Sep 2009, 18:43
This question needs polishing.

Correct answer should be: "is due to THE developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain"

"...the violent behavior ... is due to THE developmental damage to the frontal lobe ... rather than THE absorption of any specifically violent content."

Parallelism.
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23 Dec 2009, 06:17
powerka wrote:
This question needs polishing.

Correct answer should be: "is due to THE developmental damage to the frontal lobe region of the brain"

"...the violent behavior ... is due to THE developmental damage to the frontal lobe ... rather than THE absorption of any specifically violent content."

Parallelism.

Yes,that's what I thought too.
Actually, if you really break the underlined fragment using Fundamental Grammar,
the parallelism between Reason A(developmental damage...) and Reason B(THE absorption...) is incorrect.
That was the sole reason I had forcefully choose Option E over Option A.
Hope someone clarifies this as these small things really affect one's choices.

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23 Jan 2010, 11:37
yeah, A's the best option

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