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Please explain the difference between the highlighted BOLD BLUE text.
which is correct between C and E and WHY and what's the difference between the highlighted text.

The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability
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12 May 2010, 15:32
LM wrote:
Please explain the difference between the highlighted BOLD BLUE text.
which is correct between C and E and WHY and what's the difference between the highlighted text.

The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

IMHO E is correct.

E : When the "ability to adjust" (of animals mentioned).... has created a new class...
C : "When to be able" .................................has created a new class...

So "when to be able" does not properly modifies "has created"

OA and OE Plz.
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12 May 2010, 16:19
E is correct

coyote - singular
they - plural

it is singular

the ability works better because the tense is past tense

the ability fits with established
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13 May 2010, 01:15
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E is correct..
"has created a new class..." this one requires a noun to complete the sentence.
to be able to adjust is not a noun
but the ability to adjust is a noun ..

so the ability to adjust ... has created .. is right.
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13 May 2010, 04:46

just try to indicate the noun and the verb in every sentence.
here we`ve got
the ability .... has
but not
to be able .... has
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16 May 2010, 05:15
A "They have" should be "it has," as "along with" does not create a compound plural subject (whereas "and" does).
B "They have" is problematic as noted in A, plus, double "being" is unnecessary.
C "When to be able" is awkward, confusing, and stylistically poor.
D "Being" is unnecessary and "its ability" should be "the ability."
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16 May 2010, 07:42
"when to be able to" is awkward - I would go with E
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16 May 2010, 09:40
The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

First "The coyote" is singular, so it will take pronoun "it" rather than "they".

Choice (E) is correct because "when the ability.........." introduces adverb subordinating clause of time and it depends upon the main clause containing "........era"
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17 May 2010, 01:51
E it is.

If "to be able" serves as a noun in the sentence, it is clearer to use its proper noun form "the ability"
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27 Sep 2011, 10:06
LM wrote:
Please explain the difference between the highlighted BOLD BLUE text.
which is correct between C and E and WHY and what's the difference between the highlighted text.

The coyote is one of several recent ecological success stories: along with the white-tailed deer, the moose, and other species that are enlarging their natural domains, they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability to adjust to the environmental changes wrought by human beings has created a whole new class of dominant large mammals.

A. they have established themselves as supreme adapters in an era when the capability

B. they have established themselves as being supreme adapters in an era when being able

C. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when to be able

D. it has established itself as being a supreme adapter in an era when its ability

E. it has established itself as a supreme adapter in an era when the ability

I went with E
C- when to be able is awkward.
D - being is redudant
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27 Sep 2011, 18:47
the ability sounds right
Cant think of a technical answer as to why its not C
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