QOTD- In the below sentence, four words have been highlighted. Find out which word is not grammatically/contextually suitable in the sentence.

2019-07-29 | Team PendulumEdu

Lung function normally declines as we age, but the new research, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests that air population may contribute to the ageing process and adds to the evidence that breathing in polluted air harms the lungs.

   A. Normally

   B. Published

   C. Population

   D. Breathing

Solution: The use of the word “population”, meaning, “all the people living in a particular country, area, or place” in the sentence is incorrect.

The sentence talks about research which indicates that the lung functioning of people living in polluted areas is declining before time.

The correct word to be used in place of, “population” is “pollution”, which means, “damage caused to water, air, etc. by harmful substances or waste”.

Hence, C is the correct answer.

All the other words are grammatically and idiomatically correct in the context of the sentence.

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