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For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded with a mortar and pestle.

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it
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For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded with a mortar and pestle.

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it


saffron threads -- plural
so we need them not it. Eliminate A and E.
in B their is possessive form of the the noun and it has been introduced before the noun
In C is soaking is wrong and it uses being

D maintains SV agreement and uses is to soak
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also note that D is just better sentence structure instead of starting with "for" or "to"... just to add my 2 cents...
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For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded with a mortar and pestle.

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded
==> Saffron is plural, it is singular. Hence wrong.
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding
==> Placement of after pounding is wrong.
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded
==> should be "from saffron threads it to soaking"
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
==> Correct Answer.
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it
==> It is ambiguous.
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"the best way ... is ..." must go with an infinitive (TO + verb), not a gerund. i.e., you must write "the best way is ... TO + verb".
it's unidiomatic to write "the best way is ... verbING".
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I would go with D

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded -- "it" is ambiguous and does not have an antedecent.
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding --"pounding" is not parallel
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded -- should be "to soak them..." rather than "soaking them..."
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them --Correct
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it -- it is ambiguous
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D...the question is nailed .However .
D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid (after pounding them ).. closely look at this ......should it not be close to saffron threads ...?
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Yes... I too read the reasoning provided above... Still would like to know why is B wrong ...

On a side note - "Their" always has to come after the noun - Is this a kind of rule- I don't think so.
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For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded with a mortar and pestle.

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it


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For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded with a mortar and pestle.

(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded
(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded
(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it


this is hard.

in A and E , "it" can not refer to "threads" so, "it" is wrong.

in C, the best way to do is to do, we need. "to soak". soaking is wrong.

between B and D.
normally, "after+doing" refer to subject of main clause. so, in B, after refer to "threads" . this is not logic because "threads " can not pound. "after being pound" could be better.

in D. this is a new pattern we should learn about how to use "after doing"

after doing must refer to subject of preceding clause, it here is a subject
I learn english after waiching tivi.
in here, we learn new pattern

to soak them after pounding them. there is NO SUBJECT

in this pattern, " to soak" and "pounding" has no suject/agent which do those action. "to soak " and " after pounding" refer to general action. this use is ok by gmat.

we see the complex grammar of english. in this pattern "after doing" refers to general action , not refer to subject of preceding clause. because there is no such subject.

a hard one. we have to use logic/meaning analysis to go to correct choice. we can not know the pattern which is rarely used in english like the pattern in D

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Option A - Incorrect

"Saffron threads" is plural. Therefore "it" does not have an antecedent.

Option B - Incorrect

The initial modifier "to best extract their flavor" - should refer to a person. Here, it refers to "saffron threads". Illogical.
"after pounding with a mortar and pestle" - After pounding what? Not clear.

Option C - Incorrect

"after being pounded …" seems to refer to the speaker of the sentence.

Option E - Incorrect

The pronoun "it" does not have an antecedent.
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