Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

With his sub-four minute mile Bannister broke a psychological barrier, inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming seemingly insurmountable hurdles.

 A.

inspiring thousands of others to attempt overcoming 

 B.

inspiring thousands of others to attempt to overcome

 C.

inspiring thousands of others to overcome 

 D.

and inspired thousands of others to attempt to overcome

 E.

and inspired thousands of others to attempt overcoming

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Solution:
Option(D) is correct

In A the word ‘inspiring’ seems incorrectly to refer to the word ‘barrier’; also the expression ‘attempt overcoming’ is unidiomatic.

In D, the correct answer, ‘inspired’ is correctly parallel to ‘broke’, and ‘attempt to overcome’ is idiomatic.


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