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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before
they rot when warmer weather returns.
(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather
returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit
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Construction is : X is to Y
A> "them" - pronoun agreement error.Citrus = singular
B> "they" and them - pronoun agreement error
C> "them" - pronoun agreement error
D> "they" and them - pronoun agreement error
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E...is the best possible choice w/o pronoun error
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This question took me 5 sec to find the answer. The structure is : the only way TO ... is TO ....
So E is obviously the only one.
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this question calls for parallelism and pronouns.
here, is acts as a linking verb. in that, it does not describe what the subject does but what the subject is. in other words it does not describe the action of the subject but state of the subject.

Eg. She is a student. is - linking verb.

Linking verbs demand that subject and object be parallel. hence, way to do X is to Y is the parallel structure here.
Remember, parallelism does not always need parallel markers. Parallelism is called for wherever ideas are logically parallel.
So, A and E are parallel.
Lets see more.
A - process them! oh! cirtus btw is a collective noun and hence, singular. them disagrees!
B - same error! they? no.
C - them again! no
D - they? same error
E - it, correct. fruit, correct.
The tie between A and E that both support parallelism can be solved by pronoun issue.
Note that, without knowing that citrus is singular, there was no way to solve this.
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One more take-away here.
To salvage... is... to process - A with other errors
To salvage .. is... to have it processed - E with no other errors.
Parallelism in A seems more perfect, but is deceiving. Note the trap.
Take-away? Look for other errors too.
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New post 25 Apr 2012, 17:16
Here's my question: How do you know in that sentence that citrus is singular?
If i'm not mistaken the plural of citrus is still citrus no?
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New post 25 Apr 2012, 17:44
cafay wrote:
Here's my question: How do you know in that sentence that citrus is singular?
If i'm not mistaken the plural of citrus is still citrus no?

hmm... i checked again & i dont think that there is a way to solve this without knowing that citrus is a fruit. One thing can be done. Lets say you think citrus is plural then what would be singular - citru ??? have you ever heard of this word..no , then citrus is singular and its plural is citruses
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Irrespective of citrus being singular or prural, the pronoun is the one that stands out and needs to resolved in the answer.
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The plural of citrus is citruses. Since citrus is used here we consider singular usage of the pronouns i.e. 'it'

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vanidhar wrote:
The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before
they rot when warmer weather returns.
(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather
returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit


Them in A is ambiguous, "growers" or "citrus"? Also, citrus is singular anyways.
What does they and them in B refer to? Ambiguous, B is gone.
Them incorrectly refers to growers. C is gone
"if the fruit is" and then "before they", this is incorrect parallelism
"it" is explained to refer to the fruit further in the text, thus we don't have any ambiguity. E is correct.
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in the pattern
the way to do is to do
"theway " is parallel with "to do" grammatically. but in fact they are not parallel., one a verb and other a noun.

papallel problem is not relevant here.

the point is that " the only way is to do" is an idom. end of story.

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Chose E. I think citrus is singular.
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Choice is between singular and plural, A and E, citrus is "singular" so E.
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E looks best, but I have a question. Isn't E changing the meaning of the original sentence, since E uses passive voice.

Original sentence seems to suggest that the growers process citrus, while E changes it to passive and says " to have it quickly processed", suggesting that someone else (not growers) are processing citrus.
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New post 18 Oct 2015, 04:39
vanidhar wrote:
The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before
they rot when warmer weather returns.
(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather
returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit


a non native, like me, will definitely remember citrus is plural or singular in the test room. so, using meaning analysis to solve the problem and this fact is the focus of new gmat test.

the meaning in a and e are both logic.
but which meaning is better. i think meaning in e is better.

in a, it is not clear that warm weather rots the fruit. in e it is clear the warm weather dose so.

on sc, when both meaning are logic, choose the better meaing. this situation is hard for us.
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