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236. The Coast Guard is conducting tests to see whether pigeons can be trained to help find survivors of wrecks
at sea.
(A) to see whether pigeons can be trained to help find
(B) to see whether pigeons can be trained as help to find
(C) to see if pigeons can be trained for helping to find
(D) that see if pigeons are able to be trained in helping to find
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(E) that see whether pigeons are able to be trained for help in finding

For now, what I know is that "whether" is used for two options, But I dont see any other option in the sentence above, so why the answer is A ?
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18 Jun 2010, 01:27
(A) to see whether [or not] pigeons can be trained to help find >> or not is understood

whether or not [ "or not" is generally redundant]

whether > if

(A) to see whether pigeons can be trained to help find >> Answer
(B) to see whether pigeons can be trained as help to find >> Problem
(C) to see if pigeons can be trained for helping to find >> Problem
(D) that see if pigeons are able to be trained in helping to find >> Problem
(E) that see whether pigeons are able to be trained for help in finding >> Problem
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18 Jun 2010, 01:51
IMO A

D and E are out because "that" which is subject for "see", refers to "tests" - per original statement it was the Coast Guard's intent to see

B out because I prefer to help than as help, kind of feel that as help adds a dimension of employing the pigeons rather than using them to help the coast guard find. Not sure ... would like to hear others comment on this

Between A and C, for helping to find v/s to help find - prefered to help find because of less wordy!
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30 Jun 2010, 07:07
A for me for the reasons mentioned above.
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30 Jun 2010, 08:49
A as well... "to help" just sounds more idiomatic than "in helping" (for helping is just wrong).

"to help" also stresses the intention (use of the infinitive form) of the training, and not the results (use of the -ing participle form) of the training.

+ other reasons (e.g., whether > if) mentioned above.
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