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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee.

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

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20 Jun 2013, 08:52
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Hi!
Well the idiom is: mistake + thing/person + for and eliminates thereby answer choices A,C and E.
When comparing B to D, one must chose between the call of the Mockingbird and the callING of the mockingbird.
The call of the mockingbird seems preferable in this sentence structure.

Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
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20 Jun 2013, 09:43
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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Although i reached the correct answer, still i would like to discuss it.

hi,
according to meaning context ornithologist mistook the call of MB with the call of some other RST bird.
secondly we have mistook in non underlined part ....and as per the idiom ..mistook - for is the correct idiom.

on the basis of idiom we can eliminate
A,C=>MISTOOK AS==wrong idiom.
NOW left with B,D,and E
E==>calling is compared to RST BIRD
D==>MISTOOK THE CALLING FOR .....this one is unidiomatic.

hence option B
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20 Jun 2013, 09:49
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Thanks for the explanations, but still they do not cater to my doubt
why is call preferred to calling?
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20 Jun 2013, 10:01
ankurgupta03 wrote:
Thanks for the explanations, but still they do not cater to my doubt
why is call preferred to calling?

hi ankur ,
see actually its all in meaning.
ornithologist: they study birds
in this sentence the meaning coming out that the ornithologist misunderstood the voice of MB for that of other bird.
call = voice. (as per my opinion)
now if you put calling
mistook the calling of A for calling of B.=== as per my opinion this doesn't makes sense.

hope it helps.
what was your approach?
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20 Jun 2013, 10:14
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
Thanks for the explanations, but still they do not cater to my doubt
why is call preferred to calling?

hi ankur ,
see actually its all in meaning.
ornithologist: they study birds
in this sentence the meaning coming out that the ornithologist misunderstood the voice of MB for that of other bird.
call = voice. (as per my opinion)
now if you put calling
mistook the calling of A for calling of B.=== as per my opinion this doesn't makes sense.

hope it helps.
what was your approach?

To some extent yes ... i agree with you, but still not fully convinced
I felt call was better than calling, calling just did not seem right.
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20 Jun 2013, 12:15
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Thanks for the explanations, but still they do not cater to my doubt
why is call preferred to calling?

calling is the ACT. You don't "mistook the calling", you "mistook the call": the actual thing that you hear.
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To some extent yes ... i agree with you, but still not fully convinced
I felt call was better than calling, calling just did not seem right.

There is a subtle difference between "the call" and "the calling" :-

The call - These two words are totally independant (the call, the sound, the voice etc) - It it is used casually ( I had a call today. The call was from... etc)

The calling - These two words together make a different meaning that each word individually. Its a noun - And to be used for somewhat non-common or higher reasons ( does that make sense? ) - The examples are as follows " I had always wanted to be in the army. The calling grew louder as I became an adult"

Hope it helps! ( --> http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/calling)
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
To some extent yes ... i agree with you, but still not fully convinced
I felt call was better than calling, calling just did not seem right.

There is a subtle difference between "the call" and "the calling" :-

The call - These two words are totally independant (the call, the sound, the voice etc) - It it is used casually ( I had a call today. The call was from... etc)

The calling - These two words together make a different meaning that each word individually. Its a noun - And to be used for somewhat non-common or higher reasons ( does that make sense? ) - The examples are as follows " I had always wanted to be in the army. The calling grew louder as I became an adult"

Hope it helps! ( --> http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/calling)

Hmmm ... you are right in the usage of calling here, but i feel that the usage that you have mentioned is not the one used here ...
Still more or less convinced as to why callingis wrong.

Thanks Zarrlou and vishnuns39620!!
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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee.

(A) calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(B) call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(C) call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(D) calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(E) Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

IDOM TESTED : MISTOOK - FOR.

basing this we can eliminate option A/C

(A) calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
WRONG.
==INCORRECT IDIOM USAGE.

(B) call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
CORRECT.

(C) call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
WRONG.
== SAME AS A

(D) calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
WRONG.
== MISTOOK THE CALLING IS AWKWARD ...correct usage = mistook the call....

(E) Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
WRONG.
==incoorect comparison...calling compared to bird
== MISTOOK THE CALLING IS AWKWARD ...correct usage = mistook the call....
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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee.

(A) calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(B) call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(C) call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(D) calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
(E) Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Idiom is 'mistook for' A, C are out

Ornithologists mistook the call and not the mockingbird. E is out

'Call' is better than 'calling'. B is right option.
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27 Oct 2016, 23:37
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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Although i reached the correct answer, still i would like to discuss it.

"The calling" is a complex gerund which is not kept in parallel with the relative pronoun "that".
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07 Jul 2017, 04:46
A. not parallel....mistook calling as...the rare
B. seems parallel. ...call of Mockingbird....for that...that represents call.
C. not parallel
D. seems parallel but calling of the mocking bird is a bit awkward....it is his calling....call is sound of mocking bird but why calling....
E. not parallel

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Early ornithologists often mistook the calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Although i reached the correct answer, still i would like to discuss it.
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
Thanks for the explanations, but still they do not cater to my doubt
why is call preferred to calling?

I took call over calling: " call of the Mockingbird" as the sound which was made by Mockingbird and which was mistaken to be of Rufous Sided Towhee.
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30 Sep 2018, 23:56
ankurgupta03 wrote:
Early ornithologists often mistook thecalling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Although i reached the correct answer, still i would like to discuss it.

Hi generis

Please underline the highlighted part

Thanks!
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ankurgupta03 wrote:
Early ornithologists often mistook thecalling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

A. calling of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
B. call of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
C. call of the Mockingbird as the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
D. calling of the Mockingbird for that of the rare Rufous Sided Towhee
E. Mockingbird calling for the rare Rufous Sided Towhee

Although i reached the correct answer, still i would like to discuss it.

Hi generis

Please underline the highlighted part

Thanks!

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01 Oct 2018, 00:22
B ..
Mistook for " is better..
" call " is better..
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"the call" vs "the calling"

Now as per the intended meaning you are comparing a "sound of a particular bird " to the "sound of another bird"

a quality - beauty , intelligence, smartness - is either an adjective or a noun ... as we are comparing nouns we prefer original powerful noun form

"call" - base form of noun - is basically an entity or a particular quirk of the bird

"the calling" - gerund ( non direct) - same function

so it all comes down to how direct you wanna sound ...

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