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# As envisioned by researchers, commercial farming of lobsters

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10 Jan 2006, 21:33
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As envisioned by researchers, commercial farming of lobsters will enable fisheries to sell the shellfish year-round, taking advantage of off-season demand, standardize its sizes and colors, and to predict sales volume in advance.
(A) taking advantage of off-season demand, standardize
(B) taking advantage of off-season demand, to standardize
(C) taking advantage of off-season demand, standardizing
(D) take advantage of off-season demand, standardizing
(E) take advantage of off-season demand, to standardize

Another one I found difficult. This is # 126 in the 1K ques posted.

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10 Jan 2006, 22:18
I will go with 'B' because of parallelism in to sell ...to Standardize... to predict.

I do not believe we need to change the structure of 'taking advantage' as it is only modifying the phrase,'to sell the Shell fish year round'.

As envisioned by researchers, commercial farming of lobsters will enable fisheries to sell the shellfish year-round, taking advantage of off-season demand, standardize its sizes and colors, and to predict sales volume in advance.
(A) taking advantage of off-season demand, standardize
(B) taking advantage of off-season demand, to standardize (C) taking advantage of off-season demand, standardizing
(D) take advantage of off-season demand, standardizing
(E) take advantage of off-season demand, to standardize

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10 Jan 2006, 22:19
but my question is.. the parallelism starts with" to sell", so why dont we have "to take" if it is B??
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10 Jan 2006, 22:32
I would go with B.

The confusing ones are B and E..
Lets see E,

As envisioned by researchers, commercial farming of lobsters will enable fisheries to sell the shellfish year-round, take advantage of off-season demand, to standardize its sizes and colors, and to predict sales volume in advance.

This beats parallelism because all the fragements should start with "to" then.

B is correct becasue "taking advantage" is not shown as a separate sentence fragement but rather as a continuation of the earlier framegment.

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10 Jan 2006, 23:02
B it is.

Think this way

commercial farming of lobsters will enable fisheries to sell X, to standardize Y and to predict Z, taking advantage of A.
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11 Jan 2006, 20:24
Thanks all for helping. I like the explanation given by andy_gr8.

So the question is how strict does the wording have to be to be called parallel. In this sentence, the tense is parallel (all present). Then why use an "ing" verb...

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