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# It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that

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It is an oversimplified view of cattle raising to say that all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them and to drive them to market when the time is ripe.

(A) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and to

(B) all one has to do with cattle is to leave them alone to feed themselves, to corral them, and

(C) all one has to do with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves and then corral them and

(D) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and

(E) the only thing that has to be done with cattle is to leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them, and

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23 Oct 2004, 10:37
Not sure but is the answer D?

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23 Oct 2004, 10:44
I'll go for D, as verb tenses are consistent throughout the sentence

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24 Oct 2004, 13:03
D

parallel construction:

the only thing that has to be done with cattle is leave them alone while they feed themselves, corral them, and drive

A,B,C,E - don't support parallel

IMHO: I guess that 'all one' is redundant

http://www.bartleby.com/64/C001/043.html
http://www.bartleby.com/64/C003/021.html
http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/one.htm
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24 Oct 2004, 16:53
The OA is C but no explanation. Can anyone give a good explanation as to why C is correct and D isn't?...

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25 Oct 2004, 08:22
C is my choice also.

In D the three different things cannot be the only thing. Also D is passive in tone. C is active, parallel and unambiguous, as ETS would like to say.

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26 Oct 2004, 09:09
I think C is better because it describes the order of things that must be done with cattle. The list in D implies three independent actions. You can't very well take the cattle to market before letting them feed themselves.

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