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"She was criticized by her fellow lawyers not because she was not _, but because she so _ prepared her cases that she failed to bring the expected number to trial.
A well versed ... knowledgeably
B well trained ... enthusiastically
C congenial … rapidly
D hardworking ... minutely
E astute ... efficiently"

The answer is D. I don't get why she still failed to bring the expected number to trail, even though she minutely prepared the cases.

And what is "expected number"?
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There must be some kind of logical quota of cases that go to trial.
Thank you, Pieanne. But I need more details. ..
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Perhaps you could try posting in Legal English, Jeff.
I think the implication is that she spent so much time on each case that she didn't handle as many cases as she should.

Perhaps you could try posting in Legal English, Jeff.


Thank you, Abbie. But I think it tests us logical skill more than legal English.
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I think the implication is that she spent so much time on each case that she didn't handle as many cases as she should.


Thank you, Khoff. But what "the expected number" means here?
Hello Jeff

Isn't it "the expected number of cases"? It means the number of cases that she was expected to bring to trial, I suppose.

paco
D hardworking ... minutely

The answer is D. I don't get why she still failed to bring the expected number to trail, even though she minutely prepared the cases.

And what is "expected number"?

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The implication is that she was too detailed in her preparations, she engaged in overkill. By worrying about miniscule details, 'she' didn't have enough time to carry out her expected workload, the number of cases that she was expected to bring to trial.
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