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A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to protect itself against predators.

A. likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
B. likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
C. liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
D. liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
E. at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can
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A young bull moose that is orphaned is likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to protect itself against predators.

A. likely to be at a severe disadvantage and is often unable to
Correct. ...........likely TO be........unable TO protect.........<== Parallel structure.

B. likely severely disadvantaged and often unable to
Wrong. ...........likely + Verb-ed..........unable + infinitive..........<== Parallelism problem.

C. liable to be severely disadvantaged and cannot often
Wrong. ............liable TO be..............cannot + protect (verb without TO) ...........<== Parallelism problem

D. liable that it is at a severe disadvantage and cannot often
Wrong. ...........liable THAT + clause.................and cannot often + Verb ...................<== Parallelism problem.

E. at a severe disadvantage, often likely to be unable that it can
Wrong. ........likely to be unable that <== every awkward grammar.

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07 Nov 2013, 02:17
"pqhai" Thanks for the Wonderful explanation.

Here is the Official Explanation for the question,

We have 3 things to look at here,

(i) "likely" versus "liable";
(iii) "often unable to" versus "cannot often" versus "unable that it can"

"liable to" is acceptable when followed by a negative possibility; therefore, we cannot use this.

"Cannot often" implies that every orphaned bull moose is unable to protect itself against frequent attacks by predators- This may be true, but changes the meaning of the sentence. Thus we eliminate (C) and (D).

"Unable that it can" is idiomatically incorrect so we eliminate (E).

The word "disadvantaged" is typically used in a socio-economic context; therefore, its use here is questionable. Though it is not wrong completely.

But when comparing "severely disadvantaged" with "at a severe disadvantage ", The later seems to good usage, so we eliminate B.

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