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19 Mar 2006, 03:46
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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
I always have a doubt in this question.
Thanks to SimaQ for bringing this up.
I am between D and E.
Though D is in passive voice, I am for D.
Though E is concise, I feel that "to acquire certain .... in their steers" is wrong. "Steers" are the ones who acquire characteristics. Hence, steers should be the subject of the sentence. But in E, "farmers" is the subject. Farmers only facilitate the steers to acquire characteristics and not make them acquire....
The sentence gives two reasons that cattle breeders use crossbreeding; these reasons should be introduced in parallel ways with the word partly. The infinitive to acquire clearly and concisely conveys the purpose of the crossbreeding.
D. Passive voice should be acquired by is awkward and illogical.
E. Correct In this sentence, the word partly is used to introduce both reasons; the phrase to acquire certain characteristics is clear and concise.
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