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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 leave them alone while they feed themselves, to corral them and

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05 May 2004, 18:18
C??....tough one
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05 May 2004, 18:24
Agree with C. This one is testing parallelism.

C) 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 and then corral them and drive them to market when the time is ripe.

A and B are not parallel
D and E use passive form "has to be done" which is wordier and not ideal
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05 May 2004, 18:32
I am not sure if it is just parallelism here. I believe you cannot do mutiple things with cattle at one time especially when each activity is mutually exclusive with the other.

C is the best but for a different reason.
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06 May 2004, 10:49
Is it gramatically okay to have a list of things connected with "and"? This always trips me up because it doesn't sound right.
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06 May 2004, 11:01
Although it is preferable to have commas separating an enumeration, the use of and between each elements is not grammatically wrong
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06 May 2004, 11:22
jo1to6 wrote:
Is it gramatically okay to have a list of things connected with "and"? This always trips me up because it doesn't sound right.

C) 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 and then corral them and drive them to market when the time is ripe.

There are three actions discussed in the sentence.
1. leave
2. corral
3. drive

If you want to coordinate all three actions than we say as follows.

You leave the cows, correl them, and drive them to the market.

But, the statement in question has different intent.
You leave the cows and then corral them and drive them to the market.

then in the sentence clearly indicates that "corral" and "drive" are
done togather, and "leave" had been done before in time.

Thus, the use of two "and"s is okay.

BTW: thanks to Pual, Anand and others for responding to my questions.
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