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# Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs,

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183. Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control pests in the state’s vast sugarcane fields.
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as attempts at controlling
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12 Jun 2007, 18:38
A person is a native of South America, but I'd say that a species is native to South America.
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12 Jun 2007, 18:54
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Whats the OA?

OA is A
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12 Jun 2007, 22:33
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183. Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control pests in the state’s vast sugarcane fields.
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as attempts at controlling

I felt that A was wrong initially because of the usage of "introduced into Florida" but when compared with the other options A is still the best answer.
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13 Jun 2007, 00:52
(B) 'as attempts to control' -> not correct idiom
(C) 'in an attempt at controlling' -> wrong idiom
(D) 'as an attempt at controlling' -> incorrect idiom
(E) perfect tense not required

A is best.
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Native of is used for human beings
Native to is used for animals, plants, insects etc..
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13 Jun 2007, 02:40
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as attempts at controlling

This is how I thought
D, E - Eliminate - Changes the context - Sentence seems to say that the toads are no longer natives

Left with A, B & C
B - Eliminate - Use of "native in" is wrong.

Left with A & C
C - Eliminate - Use of "in an attempt at controlling" is not a good construction when compared to A

Hence A should be the answer.
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06 Jul 2007, 08:35
vishalsuri wrote:
183. Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control pests in the state’s vast sugarcane fields.
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as attempts at controlling

The frog is native to a certain country. BCE are wrong. D implies the frog is no longer indigenous to its native country, which is nonsensical.
Therefore A.
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31 Aug 2007, 10:06
Is tense consistency not required? I would like to know if a single sentence can contain both past and present tenses. Any explanation is greatly appreciated as I have been looking around for this answer for a while.
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31 Aug 2007, 17:34
vishalsuri wrote:
183. Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control pests in the state’s vast sugarcane fields.
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930’s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930’s as attempts at controlling

look at it another way...look at d last part
E-- attempts at controlling --wrong idiom
D--again 'attempt at' is wrong idiom
C--it also say d same-' attempt at' again wrong idiom
B-- it say 'attempts to' can consider once but den look at d first part it says 'native in' so eliminate it.cuz no one wud select 'native in' its a common sense
only A remains..moreover A also uses correct idiom in d last part- 'attempt to'

eg. You attempt to do something
Wrong- you attempt at doing something.
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30 Jun 2016, 03:26
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30 Jun 2016, 05:34
"In an attempt to control" ---- > This sounds best to my ears than the other options...
Even if one does not read the initial part before those last 4 5 word in each options it is OK... that is just my opinion.
"A" for me.
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30 Jun 2016, 08:26
A native of refers to humans

A native to refers to non human things ( category, characteristic, or species etc...)

Correct answer will hence be (A)

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30 Jun 2016, 08:35
IMO A

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30 Jun 2016, 09:04
A correct

B incorrect

are natives in ..... incorrect idiom
C incorrect

are natives of....
attempt at controlling.....
incorrect idiom

D and E ....
wrong tense used...
A specie is always a native to something....

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