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Cartographers have long struggled with the problem of having the spherical Earth to draw on a flat sheet of paper.

(A) having the spherical Earth to draw on a flat sheet of paper
(B) having a flat sheet of paper on which to draw the spherical Earth
(C) how can one draw the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper
(D) how they could use a flat sheet of paper to draw the spherical Earth
(E) how to draw the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper

https://www.nytimes.com/1988/10/25/science/the-impossible-quest-for-the-perfect-map.html

CARTOGRAPHERS since Ptolemy in the second century have struggled with the problem of drawing the round Earth on a flat sheet of paper, knowing there is no perfect solution.

the focus of this question is the problem and how addresses the problem. Therefore AB are out. D is out because we cannot use a flat sheet of paper TO DRAW something.

C, I think is wrong because the emphasis is on how can one draw rather than how one can draw. This changes the meaning of the sentence.

Therefore E.

Originally posted by bmwhype2 on 17 Jun 2007, 20:39.
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You are right, I would go with E as well. But what is the point of posting the question and giving the answer as well as explanations along with it? :)
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You are right, I would go with E as well. But what is the point of posting the question and giving the answer as well as explanations along with it? :)


I wanted other people to criticise my mistakes, if any.
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Cartographers have long struggled with the problem of having the spherical Earth to draw on a flat sheet of paper.

(A) having the spherical Earth to draw on a flat sheet of paper
(B) having a flat sheet of paper on which to draw the spherical Earth
(C) how can one draw the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper
(D) how they could use a flat sheet of paper to draw the spherical Earth
(E) how to draw the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper

the focus of this question is the problem and how addresses the problem. Therefore AB are out. D is out because we cannot use a flat sheet of paper TO DRAW something.

C, I think is wrong because the emphasis is on how can one draw rather than how one can draw. This changes the meaning of the sentence.

Therefore E.


Can we say that C would have been correct, if like
(C) how one can draw the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper
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Pl clarify between C Vs E
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'how can one draw' is a question format. 'how one can draw' is the normal indicative format. C is wrong for using the question format.
E is ok.
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Thanks daagh sir for a lucid explanation

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'how can one draw' is a question format. 'how one can draw' is the normal indicative format. C is wrong for using the question format.
E is ok.


Hi Daagh sir,

I want to know is the question format in the option makes C wrong??
Also, if option C would have been 'how one can draw', then which option would be right??

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Yes! Per se the question format in C is wrong. If option C is edited as 'how one can draw', the question would be illegal for having two correct choices.
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Hi daagh sir,

Please help me understand if below 2 sentences are correct. These are not actual options from the given question.

- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem of having the spherical Earth drawn on a flat sheet of paper.
- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem to have the spherical Earth drawn on a flat sheet of paper

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- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem of having the spherical Earth drawn on a flat sheet of paper.
- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem to have the spherical Earth drawn on a flat sheet of paper

IMO, both are not effective communications. More dynamic would be to say that -- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem of drawing the spherical Earth on a flat sheet of paper.

- Cartographers have long struggled with the problem to draw the spherical earth on a flat sheet of paper

The problem is because of the passive voice of 'having the earth drawn' or 'to have the earth drawn'. They are nowhere near the dynamism of to draw or of drawing. I wouldn't consciously endorse both of them.
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https://www.expertsglobal.com/subjunctive-mood
This video explains indicative and subjunctive moods.
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