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# Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to

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Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

A. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

B. Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

C. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

D. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

E. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

It came down to D or E for me...I can't decide which is correct

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25 Sep 2007, 20:19
bkk145 wrote:
Giovanni_IT wrote:
Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

A. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

B. Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

C. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

D. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

E. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

It came down to D or E for me...I can't decide which is correct

D

"they" in E has no clear reference.

Thanks! I was hitting my head against the wall on that one.

You're correct BTW

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25 Sep 2007, 21:28
Giovanni_IT wrote:
Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

A. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

B. Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

C. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

D. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

E. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

It came down to D or E for me...I can't decide which is correct

It should be 'E' as it is in active voice whereas D is in passive voice. An active voice takes precedence over passive voice.[/quote]

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25 Sep 2007, 21:33
Giovanni_IT wrote:
Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

A. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

B. Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

C. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

D. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

E. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

It came down to D or E for me...I can't decide which is correct

This is a good one, I came down to D and E b/c I couldnt decide either.

Picked E and fell for the trap. Thx Bkk.

They in E can refer to good eating habits or the dancers and gymnasts.

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26 Sep 2007, 14:00
mr_vijay_motu wrote:
Giovanni_IT wrote:
Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

A. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits caused by the desire to be as thin as possible.

B. Good eating habits sometimes fail to be maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts caused by desiring to be as thin as possible.

C. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, good eating habits are sometimes not maintained by young female ballet dancers and gymnasts.

D. Because they desire to be as thin as possible, young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits.

E. Young female ballet dancers and gymnasts sometimes fail to maintain good eating habits because they desire to be as thin as possible.

It came down to D or E for me...I can't decide which is correct

It should be 'E' as it is in active voice whereas D is in passive voice. An active voice takes precedence over passive voice.

D is active voice. The dancers/gymnasts are the subject of the sentence.

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