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# native of/native to

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11 Nov 2006, 06:33
On the example below, should we use "are native to" that is para// to "were introduced" or " are natives of" ?
I have a difficulty to distinguish between "native to" as verb and " a native of" as an adj. Both seem to be correct idioms

Bufo marinus toads, fierce predators that will eat frogs, lizards, and even small birds, are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930s in an attempt to control pests in the states vast sugarcane fields.

A. are native to South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930s in an attempt to control

B. are native in South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930s as attempts to control

C. are natives of South America but were introduced into Florida during the 1930s in an attempt at controlling

D. had been native to South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930s as an attempt at controlling

E. had been natives of South America but were introduced to Florida during the 1930s as attempts at controlling
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11 Nov 2006, 06:52
I guess:

"native to" is used for animals, insects, trees etc.
"native of" is used for human beings.

going by that, I choose A.
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11 Nov 2006, 07:18
I am for A as well

first of all we can't say natives as this is an adjective and it can't go in plural (unless it's french ) So C is out.

An attempt to neads infinitif - control so C, D and E are outsiders

For be attempt in plural is awkwards so here we go A!!!
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11 Nov 2006, 14:01
My 2 cents:

I am a native of xyz country means that I actually hail from XYZ country.

Frogs are native to XYZ. means frogs were do not hail from XYZ but probably belonged to XYZ sometime point in the past - may have migrated to another place etc.
11 Nov 2006, 14:01
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