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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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(A) For the best extraction of the flavor of saffron threads, it should be soaked in liquid after being pounded - Incorrect - it = singular, saffron threads =plural

(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding - Incorrect = Unidiomatic
(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded - Incorrect - Tense problem
(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 - Incorrect - it = singular, saffron threads =plural
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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

I do not know what "it" refers to here. Eliminate.

(B) To best extract their flavor, saffron threads should be soaked in liquid after pounding

(Saved for now)... seems okay to me...

(C) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is soaking them in liquid after being pounded

(being pounded)?

(D) The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them
(No problems)...

(E) The flavor of saffron threads can best be extracted by soaking it in liquid after pounding it
(it again refers to what?) eliminate.

Now I was stuck between D and B, chose B and started crying
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02 Aug 2016, 07:08
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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

Correct answer must be (D) , errors highlighted in red...

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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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25 Jul 2019, 07:56
PTK wrote:
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

we need to understand to do/doing more. doing/to do can refer to a specific noun in the sentence or can refer to no noun in the sentence, depending on the structure.

I learn gmat to go to us
inhere, "to go to us" refers to "I". this mean I will go to us.
I learn gmat while watching tivi. this mean watching refers to "I". I am watching.

but for some pattern, doing/to do refer to no noun.

to learn gmat after learning english well is good. there is no subject /agent inhere., so, "to learn" and "learning' can not refer to any noun.

look at choice b.
threads should be soaked in liquids after pounding....
grammatically, "pounding" must refer to "threads". and this means "threads" perform "pounding". this is not logic. choice b is gone.

look at choice d.
The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is to soak them in liquid after pounding them

"pounding" normally refer to subject of the main clause. but inhere, we have no subject . in fact "after pounding" modifies "to soak"

to soak them after pounding them

this mean "to extract", "to soak" and "pounding" refer to general action or refer to a implied persons
the best way for someone to extract the flavor .. is for someone to soak them after someone pound. this is logic.

the pattern in choice d is special because there is no agent who perform the action. note this pattern of no agent.

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in all above sentences, to do/doing refer to general action , not to a specific person/agent in the sentence. we do not have specific agents/persons in the sentences.
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26 Jul 2019, 21:01
PTK wrote:
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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we can choose to make a sentence without the agent who perform the actions in the sentence. in other words, actions in the sentence will refer to general actions, not actions perform by any agents in the sentence. of couse, the verb forms used to refer to general actions must be to do or doing and can not be a definite forms of verbs.

choice d, oa, is the example of the above idea.

but the pattern in which no agent performing actions appear requires special structure like that in choice d.

to soak them after pounding them

in above phrase, after pounding is fine because pounding can not refer to any noun in the sentence.

to make a sentence in which all actions are general action, not referring to any noun in the sentence, we should be careful because we can make the sentence in which to do/doing can refer to a noun in the sentence.

look at choice b.

threads should be soaked after pounding with a mortar.

in this phrase, pounding can not refer to general action but to "threads", a specific noun, grammatically. this reference makes illogical meaning. threads can not pound

choice a is similar to choice b. "being pounded" must refer to "it".

now, look at choice c. this is hardest choice to analyse.

The best way to extract the flavor from saffron threads is (to soak) them in liquid after being pounded

this choice satisfy the condition that no agent in the sentence appears and to do/doing refer to general actions. but it has new problem. (suppose that "to soak" is in place of "soaking", this error is idiomatic error, and,so, easy)

active infinitive "to extract" , active infinitive "to soak" , passive infinitive "being pound". we add "SOMEONE" to understand meaning

the best way FOR SOMEONE to extract the flavor from saffron threads is FOR SOMEONE to soak them in liquid after SOMONE IS being pounded.

meaning is wrong. it should be "after SOMEONE pound"

so, the rule is that all the infinitive verb forms must be active or passive. to check , ADD SOMEONE into the infinitive verb forms.

we can make the sentence will all passive infinitive verb forms , to do/doing

to be suppressed is to be taken of freedom.

choice e/
this choice is easy.
passive clause+by+agent . in this pattern the noun after "by" is agent perform the main action in the main clause. soaking is agent but this is not logic
active clause+by+doing. in this pattern, doing is the action subject do to perform the main action in the main clause.
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is there any other problem except pronoun agreement issue in choice (E)? EducationAisle
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is there any other problem except pronoun agreement issue in choice (E)? EducationAisle

E is also written in passive voice- which is less preferred over active voice
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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

PTK wrote:
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

Choice A: This answer choice uses the singular pronoun "it" to refer to the plural noun "saffron threads". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice does not have any subject for the verb "pounding" to act upon; for this reason, the sentence is incomplete. Additionally, this answer choice uses the possessive pronoun "their" to refer to the noun "saffron threads". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice repeats the missing subject error found in option B. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice D: This answer choice maintains proper pronoun use and its application leads to a complete sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice E: This answer choice repeats the error seen in Option A. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, D is the best answer choice.

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