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Recent interdisciplinary studies advance the argument that emotions, including those deemed personal or private is a social phenomenon, though one inseparable from bodily response.

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Sentence Analysis

  • Recent interdisciplinary studies advance the argument (Main Clause. Subject – “studies”; Verb – “advance”)
    • that emotions, (“That” Clause modifying 'argument'. Subject – “emotions”)
      • including those deemed personal or private (additional info about “emotions”)
    • is a social phenomenon, though one inseparable from bodily response. (Verb of “that” clause – “is”)

The sentence talks about the argument proposed by some studies. The argument is that emotions are social phenomena but are inseparable from bodily response.

The sentence has the following two errors:

  1. The singular verb “is” doesn’t agree with the plural subject “emotions”.
  2. The phrase “including…private” has a beginning comma but not the ending comma. A comma needs to be inserted after “private”.

Option Analysis

(A) Incorrect . For the errors mentioned above.

(B) Correct . Both the errors of the original sentence have been rectified. 

(C) Incorrect . For the following reasons:

  1. Error no. 2 of the original sentence.
  2. “those” doesn’t refer to anything. The structure in this option is “emotions are not those inseparable from bodily response”.

(D) Incorrect . For the following reasons:

  1. The dash after “private” would have been correct if the dash had preceded “including”. However, since a comma precedes “including”, a comma is needed after “private”.
  2. The structure would be better if the verb “are” is repeated after “but” i.e. “are social phenomena but are not separable”.

(E) Incorrect . For the following reasons:

  1. “or also as private emotions” is wrong since “or also” doesn’t make sense and also since “as private emotions” is not parallel to “personal”.
  2. “not inseparable” is opposite to the given “inseparable”.
  3. The meaning is more clearly communicated by saying “social phenomena that are inseparable from…” than by saying “social phenomena inseparable from…”.
answered May 8, 2017 by Beginner (1 point)
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Recent interdisciplinary studies advance the argument that emotions, including those deemed personal or private is a social phenomenon, though one inseparable from bodily temperature.
Meaning of the sentence:
Studies have supported an argument that emotions are a social phenomenon. The emotions include those deemed personal or private. These social phenomena are inseparable from Bodily Temperature
A) private is a social phenomenon,though one inseparable
1) Emotions -> are -> Subject Verb Agreement issue
B) private,are social phenomena that are inseparable -> Correctly conveyed
C) private are a social phenomenon but are not those inseparable
1) There are two nots -> Changes the meaning of the sentence
2) comma is required to specify that the modifier has ended.

D) private –are social phenomena but are not separable
1) Social phenomena is not separable from Bodily Temperature. It sounds as if Emotions
a) are social Phenomena
but
b) are not separable from bodily Temperature
2) Comma is required to specify where the modifier ends

E) also as private emotions, are social phenomena not inseparable
1) Also as private emotions -> Removes the function of "or" and doesn't go well at all.
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answered May 8, 2017 by Beginner (21 points)
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668. Recent interdisciplinary studies advance the argument that emotions, including those deemed personal or private is a social phenomenon, though one inseparable from bodily response.
A) private is a social phenomenon, though one inseparable
B) private, are social phenomena that are inseparable
C) private are a social phenomenon but are not those separable
D) private--are social phenomena but not separable
E) also as private emotions, are social phenomena not inseparable
The correct answer must have a comma in it to complete the appositive (descriptive phrase with commas on both sides), and you must be able to skip over the appositive and have the sentence still make sense .
A) We cannot say that “emotions (plural subject)...is" (singular verb) a social phenomenon. In addition, the sentence does not make sense when skipping over the appositive "emotions...though one inseparable...".
B) Yes. The plural of “phenomenon” is “phenomena.” "emotions...are inseparable" is correct ("they are").
C) Emotions (plural) cannot be a phenomenon (singular).
D) The dash would only work if the initial comma were replaced by a dash (appositives require two commas, two dashes, or two parentheses).
E) Or also = redundant
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answered May 8, 2017 by Beginner (21 points)
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'Emotions' needs plural 'are'. A is out
We do need contrast in the sentence; however, we need to mention that emotions are social phenomenon that are not separable from bodily temperature. C and D are out
'also' is redundant with 'or' in option E.
B is the right option.
answered May 8, 2017 by Beginner (21 points)
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