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# When an artery becomes blocked, in very rare cases the human body will

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When an artery becomes blocked, in very rare cases the human body will build new healthy arteries; this process is the body's trying to compensate for the dysfunctional artery.

a) trying to
b) trying that it
c) attempt to try to
d) attempt to try and
e) attempt to

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Originally posted by globaldesi on 21 Apr 2019, 03:36.
Last edited by Abhishek009 on 21 Apr 2019, 11:08, edited 1 time in total.
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21 Apr 2019, 11:10
globaldesi wrote:
When an artery becomes blocked, in very rare cases the human body will build new healthy arteries; this process is the body's trying to compensate for the dysfunctional artery.

a) trying to
b) trying that it
c) attempt to try to
d) attempt to try and
e) attempt to
Correct Answer must be (E) for the highlighted errors in other options....
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21 Apr 2019, 12:43
E. Attempt to try doesn't fit the sentence. Attempt to compensate is more suitable.

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22 Apr 2019, 05:33
Though an -ing verb can sometimes be used as a gerund (which functions as a noun), here the gerund "trying" is awkward since it is modified by "body's." Look for an answer choice that replaces the gerund verb form with a regular noun.

A quick scan shows that like (A), (B) can be eliminated because of the awkwardly used gerund. The other choices all use the noun "attempt."

(C) and (D) are both redundant because the word "attempt" and "try" communicate the same idea. Note that, between (C) and (D), (C) would be preferred since "try to" is the proper usage; "try and" is a common but incorrect phrase. Also note that (C) and (D) are longer than they need to be and thus commit the sin of wordiness.

That leaves the correct answer, (E). It is precise and efficient, and it fixes the problem in the original sentence.

TAKEAWAY: For purposes of GMAT Sentence Correction study, remember that the definition of wordy is relative. Even short answer choices are wordy if they use more words than needed to express an idea.
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