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In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used crossbreeding, in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics and partly because crossbreeding is said to provide hybrid vigor.

(A) in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics
(B) in part for the acquisition of certain characteristics in their steers
(C) partly because of their steers acquiring certain characteristics
(D) partly because certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers
(E) partly to acquire certain characteristics in their steers
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 21:15
We can safely ignore A and B because of lack of parallelism.

Between C, D and E, C is wrong as it makes no sense.
Dand E are quite close. D is passive and does not indicate the acquisition process. E is acceptable, although I am not very comfortable with it either.
I will go with E
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 21:17
I think D is the correct answer.

D says "partly because certain" and "partly because crossbreeding". Both of these are parallel.

C is wrong because it implies that farmers are forced to crossbreed because their steers are acquiring strange characterstics(Although I wouldnt blame them with all the mad cow disease j/k)

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2005, 21:19
Damn you are right, I forgot passive voice does not exist in the GMAT, I stand corrected. I would place my bets on E.
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