Verbal Ability - Sentence Correction - Discussion

Discussion :: Sentence Correction - Section 1 (Q.No.45)

Which of phrases given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is, mark 'E' as the answer.


The research study is an eye-opener and attempts to acquaint us with the problems of poor nations.

[A]. attempted to acquaint
[B]. attempts at acquainting
[C]. attempt to acquaint
[D]. attempting to acquaint
[E]. No correction required

Answer: Option B


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Pra said: (Sep 13, 2011)  
The given sentence is in which tense?

Pradeep said: (Oct 21, 2013)  
The above sentence is in Simple Present tense.

Attempts at is right.

Attempts to is wrong.

Sai said: (Jan 17, 2014)  
Could you please let me know why it is 'at', why not 'to'?

Sanket said: (Feb 12, 2014)  
Both actual sentence and option B are correct.

My attempt to drive car was successful.

My attempt at driving car was successful.

There is no grammatical error in construction.

Udhu said: (Sep 10, 2014)  
In this, it is given that " research study is an eye-opener" which means it is present tense. Hence in the answer we need to change it with present tense, i.e; "attempts to acquaint" to be changed to "attempts to acquainting".

Chaitanya said: (Apr 1, 2015)  
How the parallelism is maintained here?

Parallel modifiers : "An eye-opener" and "Attempts at acquainting".

Here, Option B is in simple gerund form and "an eye opener" is an action noun. Shouldn't action noun has to be in parallel with other action noun or complex gerund?

Chida said: (Jun 10, 2015)  
Yeah! please need an explanation on parallelism.

Sakhi said: (Aug 7, 2015)  
And an attempt to.
And attempts at.

Abhijeet said: (Oct 9, 2016)  
Reason: Attempt is always followed by 'at'.

Gaurav said: (Feb 26, 2017)  

This question is not actually about whether you should use acquaint or acquainting. That is a side-effect of the preposition/particle which follows attempts.

Attempts can be followed by at (and a gerund) if attempts is a noun. Note that it can also use to and the infinitive form of the verb.

I made several attempts at doing that.
If attempts is a verb, it must be followed by to and an infinitive.

It attempts to do that.
The question is testing how the parts of the sentence are parsed. Here, attempts is a verb and must be followed by to and an infinitive.

If the sentence is lengthened, then attempts can be made into a noun, but an additional comma helps:

The research study is an eye-opener, and attempts at acquainting us with the problems of poor nations are ultimately successful.

Rajsinh said: (Jul 13, 2017)  
Thank you @Gaurav.

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