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# Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs,

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Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt to control pests in the stateâ€™s vast sugarcane fields.
(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt to control
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s as attempts to control
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt at controlling
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930â€™s as an attempt at controlling
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930â€™s as attempts at controlling

I know there are glitches in idioms but I need to know more explainations.
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13 Mar 2006, 20:25
D and E are out --> 'had been' suggest the toads are no longer natives to s.america
B is out --> attempts is wrong since the introduction of the toads is only a single attempt
C is out --> attempt at controlling is not idiomatic

A is the best choice
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13 Mar 2006, 20:31
ywilfred wrote:
D and E are out --> 'had been' suggest the toads are no longer natives to s.america
B is out --> attempts is wrong since the introduction of the toads is only a single attempt
C is out --> attempt at controlling is not idiomatic

A is the best choice

Is 'are natives to' incorrect??
Do we have to use 'native' instead of 'natives' as plural?

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13 Mar 2006, 21:11
b14kumar wrote:
Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt to control pests in the stateâ€™s vast sugarcane fields.

Nothing wrong with A.
Proper usage of idiom native to.
Plus present simple are native.
We should use present simle here as these toads are always native to SA.
They were not native to other place and after it to somewhere else.
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13 Mar 2006, 23:28
A is the ebst choice for me

Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt to control pests in the stateâ€™s vast sugarcane fields.

(A) are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt to control
native to is the correct idiom.corect sentence
(B) are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s as attempts to control
incorrect idiom -native in
(C) are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930â€™s in an attempt at controlling
here controlling seems to be incorrect.Natives of is a correct usage
(D) had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930â€™s as an attempt at controlling
"had been " usage makes the predators not anymore the natives of SAmerica.
(E) had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930â€™s as attempts at controlling
similar eroor as in D
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14 Mar 2006, 01:03
A for sure

D-E are out for using wrong tense.

B-natives in is wrong

C- in c, "attempt at " is wrong

A is correct. (native to, attempt to)
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14 Mar 2006, 02:05
b14kumar wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
D and E are out --> 'had been' suggest the toads are no longer natives to s.america
B is out --> attempts is wrong since the introduction of the toads is only a single attempt
C is out --> attempt at controlling is not idiomatic

A is the best choice

Is 'are natives to' incorrect??
Do we have to use 'native' instead of 'natives' as plural?

'are' is correct because the toads are plural. And 'native' is the correct idiomatic form.
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14 Mar 2006, 07:11
Yes ^ A ^

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15 Mar 2006, 20:53
OA is A.
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15 Jun 2014, 08:36
Correct choice must be A

Reasoning as follows :

Subject of the underlined portion is fierce predators (Plural) hence verb must be Plural .
Time line of event : Since it is informational statement, hence tense must be simple, therefore D & E are out,
as they uses past perfect tense.

now A/B/C : Difference is in between idiomatic usage of attemp :

A) : in an attempt to control (Sounds Good & Grammatically correct also)
B) Wrong attempts (Plural) wrong
C) In an attempt for controlling (Awkward & wrong idiom usage)

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