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A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lake’s temperature and salinity.

A) and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lake’s temperature

B) and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake

C) but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake

D) but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lake’s temperature

E) but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lake’s temperature
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29 Mar 2006, 14:29
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Paul wrote:
A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

1. and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
2. and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake
3. but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake
4. but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
5. but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature

I think its between 4 & 5.
In four "like" is used to compare "definite environmental needs" and "lake's temperature and saliny", which I believe is not the intended meaning.
So I'll vote for 5.
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29 Mar 2006, 15:27
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^ 5 ^

A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

>> "not only...but also" or "not only..but..as well" so 1 and 2 are out

>> we need "for" to have a reasonable meaning so 4 is out. it sounds as if the lake passes on as well

>> in 3 " the temperature of one specific lake and salinity" is not ||
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29 Mar 2006, 18:05
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5

such as is apt here in this context

"Strictly, such as precedes an example that represents a larger
subject, whereas like indicates that two subjects are comparable.
Steve has recordings of many great saxophonists such as Ben Webster
and Lee Konitz. Steve wants to be a great jazz saxophonist like
Ben Webster and Lee Konitz." Nobody would use "such as" in the
second sentence; the disputed usage is "like" in the first sentence.

http://www.alt-usage-english.org/excerpts/fxlike00.html
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29 Mar 2006, 18:21
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Paul wrote:
A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

1. and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
2. and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake
3. but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake
4. but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
5. but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature

E. llism. "temperature" needs to make the sentence ll with "salinity".
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29 Mar 2006, 19:19
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Paul wrote:
A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

1. and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
2. and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake
3. but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake
4. but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
5. but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature

IMO it is 5.

- Not only....but also structure
- A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity

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29 Mar 2006, 20:48
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I'll go with E.
not only requires but and also it is ||.
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30 Mar 2006, 01:16
Between C and E, I will go with E.

In situations like this where the difference between C an E is only in the last part "temperature of one specific lake " and "one specific lake's temperature" is there an "always correct" answer? Please explain..
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30 Mar 2006, 09:18
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E.

What is the difference between the two:

Environmental needs... for the temperature of one specific lake
and salinity
Environmental needs .... for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity

Paul wrote:
A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

1. and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
2. and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake
3. but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake
4. but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
5. but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
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30 Mar 2006, 19:53
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I'd go for choice 5 because it is the best available choice. But I think even 5 is not completely correct.

but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature

gives the impression that catfish passes the genetic makeup for the temp of one specific lake, say a lake in Alaska! (rather than a specific temperature of the lake and specific level of salinity of the lake).

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31 Mar 2006, 04:03
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Can someone please tell me why 'D' is wrong? I dont understand why 'for' should be present in the answer.
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31 Mar 2006, 08:50
OA is E
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31 Mar 2006, 21:34
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E.

What is the difference between the two:

Environmental needs... for the temperature of one specific lake and salinity

[Brajesh] Here, it talks about the temperature of the lake but salinity has no subject.

Environmental needs .... for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity
[Brajesh] It talks about the Temperature and Salinity of the same lake.

This is the perfect explanation. If there is not only, but also should be followed. So the answers are C and E. However, as explained above, salinity in C has no subject. E is the correct answer
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20 Jul 2008, 19:41
I always think tha such as is used to tell about similaity..........i.e in the above question if i use such as it will mean that the conditions similar to the two environmental that are mentioned here are needed not the one that are mentioned here

I am confused as it contradicts to what i have studied
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31 Dec 2009, 04:15
5/E is correct

3/c temperature of one specific lake and salinity. seems that salinity is a characteristic of the temperuature.
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05 Jan 2010, 16:40
I choose 5 also. I think it's been explained sufficiently in the above posts.
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08 Jan 2010, 01:45
Hmmmm...it's a toss up between D and E for me...

Why can't it be D? I'm not sure why the preposition 'for' is in there, unless it completes the said needs (i.e., "...such as [needs] for one ... and salinity.")

I guess using "like" as a initiator for an example of something is a no-no...
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08 Jan 2010, 11:50
E
Wowo check out the views on this one... obviously was first posted back in 2006.

But Also .... for .... As many as
Such as for example; dropping Like for lack of comparison
Concision between C & E
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11 Jan 2010, 16:55
Was confused between D and E. Thanks for the explanation guys.
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12 Jan 2010, 00:02
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Can someone please tell me why 'D' is wrong? I dont understand why 'for' should be present in the answer.

A catfish passes on to its offspring not only a particular genetic makeup and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature and salinity.

1. and also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
2. and also definite environmental needs, like the temperature of one specific lake
3. but also definite environmental needs, such as for the temperature of one specific lake
4. but also definite environmental needs, like one specific lakeâ€™s temperature
5. but also definite environmental needs, such as for one specific lakeâ€™s temperature

The focus here is the split on the "such as" VS "like". I guess "for" here has no definite right or wrong. It can not be use to justify the right VS wrong answer choice.
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