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New post 21 Mar 2017, 14:23
ankujgupta , I am not an expert, but the following has helped me improve my SC score dramatically. While it is so important to look at rules (ex: parallelism, comma structure, etc.), I would argue that it is more important to ask yourself, "does this make sense?" EX: "does it make more sense that social interaction could become destructive and cause mental problems, or does it make more sense that lying could become destructive and cause mental problems?" Lying=Bad, so I'm going to go with lying as the subject.... if this doesn't make sense, reverse the structure: "psychiatrists are seeking to determine when they become destructive and which kinds of mental problems they can signal, while recognizing that lying often facilitates social interactions" that generally helps me to identify what is wrong with structure.....automatically, i am thinking lying has to be the subject, when i reverse struct....If that doesn't jump out to you, here is an explanation: the word after "that" is the subject b/c social interactions will not facilitate lying, but lying might facilitate/make it easier to have social interactions.

Not sure if that makes sense, but I thought I'd share the "aha" moment for me.
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How does lying becomes a subject here. Social interactions can perfectly be subject here. Experts please explain

Hi ankujgupta, the key here is to realize that facilitates is the verb and the subject is nothing but the doer of the verb.

Here, the doer of facilitates is lying and hence, lying is the subject. Social interactions is actually the object (the receiver) of the verb.

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While recognizing that lying often facilitates social ineractions,psychiatrists are seeking to determine when they become destructive and which kinds of mental problems they can signall.

a.they become destructive and which kinds of mental problems they can signal
b.they become destructive and the mental problems that are signaled by them
c.it becomes destructive and what are the kinds of mental problems they signal
d.it becomes destructive and the mental problems that are signaled by it
e.it becomes destructive and which kinds of mental problems it can signal

As per the meaning of the sentence the lying should be the subject
In choices A and B they does not have clear antecedent also since lying is singular they does not makes sense in this context
same problem in choice C as well

D is a passive voice in its tone
So E is the best of the lot.
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How does lying becomes a subject here. Social interactions can perfectly be subject here. Experts please explain


Are you asking why A is not correct ("they" referring to "social interactions" - "social interactions" can as well be the subject of "become")?

The pronoun "they" has two possible antecedents, "social ineractions" and "psychiatrists". If a pronoun is the subject of a clause and has two possible antecedents, one of which is the subject of another clause, then the subject pronoun, by virtue of parallelsim, would refer to the subject antecedent. Therefore in option A, "they" wrongly refers to "psychiatrists".
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ankujgupta wrote:
How does lying becomes a subject here. Social interactions can perfectly be subject here. Experts please explain


Sentence structure is

While recognizing {Psychiatrists are recognizing} that lying often facilitates A, Psyhciatrists are seeking to determine when lying/social interactions will facilitate P and Q.

Now While introduces simultaniety of events. Passage talks about lying and its first effect in the Dependent clause {While......social interactions,} so for simultaniety we have to again see what lying will cause or facilitate or becomes in the other event. So lying will be better to be assumed as the referent of pronouns used in the Independent clause {Pshychi....signal.}

Moreover Social interactions can very well be the referent of they in the Independent clause. Because logically Social interactions can become destructive {as Facebooking can be by killing time} as well as it can cause mental problems {ADD etc.} but the sentence demands while A leads to B, A can also lead to P & Q.

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