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    What "have bedeviled psychiatric research"

    If the subject is "failure", it should be "failures."

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    The diagnostic classification scheme (e.g., DSM-IV) upon which both research and clinical practice rely is derived from expert consensus based on clusters of symptoms and signs and disease course. As a result, failure to delineate well-defined disease entities and to reliably assign individuals, to affected versus nonaffected status have bedeviled psychiatric research.

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    Re: What "have bedeviled psychiatric research"

    Hi,

    IMO, it's the verb that should be changed to 'has bedeviled'. See examples of #1 here

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    Re: What "have bedeviled psychiatric research"

    I agree - failure has. Also, the comma after "individuals" is wrong.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What "have bedeviled psychiatric research"

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi,

    IMO, it's the verb that should be changed to 'has bedeviled'. See examples of #1 here

    charliedeut
    Thank you.

    Does "failure to delineate well-defined disease entities and to reliably assign individuals, to affected versus nonaffected status have bedeviled psychiatric research" mean "failure to delineate well-defined disease entities to affected versus nonaffected status and failure to reliably assign individuals to affected versus nonaffected status have bedeviled psychiatric research"?

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    Re: What "have bedeviled psychiatric research"

    Hi,

    It means that failure to do all that (to delineate disease entities and to assign individuals to a certain status) has bedeviled psychiatric research.

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