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# In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used

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In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used crossbreeding, in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics and partly because crossbreeding is said to provide hybrid vigor.

A) in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics
B) in part for the acquisition of certain characteristics in their steers
C) partly because of their steers acquiring certain characteristics
D) partly because certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers
E) partly to acquire certain characteristics in their steers
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11 Jun 2005, 13:52
Vithal wrote:
E it is (OG question)

E? really?

i would have gone for D

any explanations would be appreciated
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11 Jun 2005, 14:18
B/C/E are out ..
though A and D seem to be right ..
I would choose "D" for parallel structure.
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11 Jun 2005, 15:32
cloudz9 wrote:
Vithal wrote:
E it is (OG question)

E? really?

i would have gone for D

any explanations would be appreciated

I chose D when attempting the question too (if that is any consolation )

Here is the explanation from OG:

Choice E is best; it best indicates purpose for crossbreeding-- partly to acquire. In A, in part that does not
grammatically connect the underlined portion to the first part of the sentence (the independent clause). In both A
and B, in part is not parallel with and partly in the nonunderlined portion. Choice C causes a misreading,
suggesting that the steers' acquisition has caused the crossbreeding. D awkwardly and illogically shifts to the
passive voice: certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers; the steers, however, are not
agents in the acquisition.
11 Jun 2005, 15:32
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