Although the rise in incidence of the disease has fueled fears for a full blown epidemic progressing, the Surgeon

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Although the rise in incidence of the disease has fueled fears for a full blown epidemic progressing, the Surgeon General assured the reporters that his large-scale treatment plan would bring the spread of the disease under control.


A. has fueled fears for a full blown epidemic progressing

B. fueled fears that a full blown epidemic is progressing

C. had fueled fears for a full blown epidemic in progress

D. has fueled fears that a full blown epidemic is in progress

E. fueled fears of how a full blown epidemic is in progress


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My attempt for this as follows:-

1. Since the sentence is talking about current ongoing situation, so we can rule out B, C, and E, which talks about past.

2. Out of A and D, D seems to be clear over A. I don't know what other grammar rule can rule out A.

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The passage means that there's a rise in the disease scenario which had called fuel fears for an epidemic progressing, but a surgeon comes to say calm down my treatment will work.

Option A- INCORRECT
The idiom 'fear for' s illogical on this context. Here, it is saying that there is a fear that epidemic rising is in danger.

Option B- INCORRECT
The use of progressive verb in this option is redundant. It makes the passage seems awkward.

Option C- INCORRECT
It has the same issue as option A. It makes the passage seem as if the author has concern for the epidemic on the rise.

Option D- CORRECT
The appropriate use of the verb 'has fueled' ... 'in progress' shows that the subject agrees with the verb.

Option E- INCORRECT
It is an informal representation of the previous one (Option D), It is not acceptable in this context.