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Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation.

A. shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with
B. shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
C. to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
D. the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
E. the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
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Margaret Mead, the best-known anthropologist of the twentieth century, helped shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation.

A. shape public opinion on fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, along with

1)the sentence is trying to introduce an example here so such as should be used
2)Also along with the relative merits of competition and cooperation is acting as a modifier modifying public opinion on fundamentally important areas which is incorrect.

B. shape public opinion in such fundamentally important areas as attitudes toward children and families and
This option is correct

C. to shape public opinion about such fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, also about
Same reason as A

D. the shaping of public opinion for fundamentally important areas such as attitudes toward children and families, and those toward
1)helped the shaping of is unclear (as per my thinking)
2)Pronoun those does not have antecedent

E. the shaping of public opinion around fundamentally important areas like attitudes toward children and families, and those of
1)helped the shaping of is unclear (as per my thinking)
2)Pronoun those does not have antecedent
3)Such as should be used to introduce example
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02 Oct 2012, 09:09
usually like is used for comparison (nouns, noun phrases) and such as used to give examples...
now A,C.E use like and B.D use such as....
This sentence says "Margaret Mead helped shape public opinion on areas"....followed by examples of those areas....so such as suits here...
In D those doesnot have antecedent also i feel helped the shaping is awkward....helped shape is better construction....so only one left is B.
so eliminate all the options that do not contain such as....we are left with B and D....
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02 Oct 2012, 09:43
A really tricky one. Thanks.it would have been more helpful if we get similar types of examples in future. Thanks
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