Sentence Correction
Verbal Ability

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Q.

The psychologist reported that the most common problems undergraduates experience stem from a lack of self-esteem, difficulty in adjusting to university life and loneliness.

 A.

the most common problems undergraduates experience stem from a lack of self-esteem, difficulty in adjusting to university life and loneliness

 B.

the most common problems undergraduates experienced stemmed from a lack of self-esteem, difficulty in adjusting to university life and loneliness

 C.

the most common problems undergraduates experience stem from loneliness, a lack of self-esteem, and difficulty in adjusting to university life

 D.

the most common problem undergraduates have experienced stems from a lack of self-esteem, loneliness, and difficulty in adjusting to university life

 E.

the most common problems undergraduates had experienced stem from difficulty in adjusting to university life, lack of self-esteem, and loneliness

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Solution:
Option(C) is correct

This is another problem about lists. In a list in which the items are of unequal word length, it is better to put the shortest first and longest last.

Putting the items in this order avoids the confusion we get in A where it might appear that ‘difficulty in adjusting’ refers to both university life and loneliness. In E ‘difficulty in adjusting to’ seems to refer to all three items.

The correct answer, C, puts the items in the best order. Also note that the psychologist is making a general statement and so we need the present tense not the past that appears in B, D and E.


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