Need your help on this question:
1. Modern pesticides provide a valuable service to farmers by inhibiting the reproduction or exterminating
a. inhibiting the reproduction or exterminating
b. the extermination or the inhibiting the growth of
c. the extermination of or the inhibition of the growth of
d. exterminated or inhibited reproduction of
e. exterminating or inhibiting the reproduction of many insects.
I have a confusion b/w options c and e. It's a question on 'X or Y' where X and Y need to be parallel and X as well Y should independently fit grammatically with the remainder of the sentence. This logic weeds out option a, b and d.
Now, according to Veritas
, 'use of two "Noun+Preposition"s is awkward and the change to inhibition from more active inhibiting
slightly changes the meaning of the sentence'.
According to me, option e significantly changes the meaning of the sentence:
The original sentence implies that modern pesticides exterminate many insects or inhibit the reproduction of many insects.
Option e implies that modern pesticides exterminate the reproduction of many insects or inhibit the reproduction of many insects.
Hence, c should be the correct option. Request you to let me know your thoughts.