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Observable as a tendency of our culture is a -----of ------psychoanalysis: we no longer feel that it can solve our emotional problems. (A) divergence.. certainly about
(B) confrontation.. enigmas in
(C) withdrawal.. belief in
(D) defense.. weaknesses in
(E) failure.. rigor in

From the second part of sentence, we know "observable as a tendency of culture" can no longer solve our emotional problems. So it'll probably be abandoned. C serves the idea fairly well; I see it.

What I want to ask is if 'observable as a tendency of our culture' is the complete subject? It seems it is. But "observable" is an adjective; how can it be a subject?

Help me out. Thank you.
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No, Jeff-- the clause is inverted. A withdrawal of belief in psychoanalysis (S) is observable etc. Observable is a predicate adjective.
(A) would have been more competetive without the typo of 'certainly'. (Should have been 'certainty'.)
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So please, Mr. M., give me other examples to show this usage. I am still not quite familiar. Is it common-use?

(A) would have been more competetive without the typo of 'certainly'. (Should have been 'certainty'.)
I was alway caught by your hawk-eyes. Emotion: smile But what do you mean "more competitive"? The choice A would not fit.
Quite common, Jeff--

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Are those sufficient examples?
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Thank you so much Mr. M. Now I guess I have to redefine the question.

"We no longer feel that it can solve our emotional problems." Here it refers to 'belief in psychoanalysis', right? Now I am a little bit relieved, since in the first place I have no clue at all how "observable as a tendency of our culture" deals with emotional problems?
Jeff_999But what do you mean "more competitive"?

'More competitive' is my way of saying that 'certainty' in the sentence offers a better test choice than 'certainly'--even though (A) would still have been the wrong answer.

The typo in (A) inadvertently put an adverb where a noun should have been. That typo almost automatically ruled out (A) as a possibility. With 'certainty' (A) would have been [C's best competitor] the closest in meaning to (C), the correct answer.
Emotion: smile I see, Davkett. But what about E?
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