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# S94-08

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A minor league baseball team has for several years pressured its agency to implement an advertising campaign targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans who enjoy reminiscing about the beginning days of the sport.

A. targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
B. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and for older fans
C. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
D. with the targets of young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and of older fans
E. targeting to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and to older fans

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A minor league baseball team has for several years pressured its agency to implement an advertising campaign targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans who enjoy reminiscing about the beginning days of the sport.

A. targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
B. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and for older fans
C. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
D. with the targets of young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and of older fans
E. targeting to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and to older fans

A campaign cannot be targeted to someone; it must be targeted at someone. This sentence is not idiomatically correct; the preposition to must be changed to the preposition at.

When answer choices differ because they use different prepositions, focus on the expression in which the preposition is used, and try to recall the list of common idioms. This campaign has two targets, young supporters and older fans. These targets must be introduced by the preposition at.

Choice C changes to to at; the campaign is targeted at young supporters and older fans. This change fixes the idiomatic error without introducing additional errors. The answer is C.

Choice B changes to to at in order to introduce the first group, the young supporters. However, by inserting for before the second group, choice B creates a new idiomatic error. Targeted...for older fans is not correct. When an idiom applies to more than one item in a sentence, as it does here, make sure that all items that use the idiom are correct.

Choice D uses targets of, which is equally as unidiomatic as targeted to or targeted for

Choice E retains the idiomatically incorrect targeting to.

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30 Jan 2017, 11:12
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Why are we not using the law of parallelism, and inserting "at" before older fans?? According to me, the sentence should be- "targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and at older fans"

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14 Oct 2017, 03:13
should "targeted" be "targeting"? the campaign is not the target anyway....the young and old audiences are
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30 Nov 2017, 22:44
" advertising campaign targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans"

Isn't option C incorrect because it can induce the meaning error- young supporters who need X ( a superstar) and Y (older fans)

While the intended meaning of the sentence suggests -

ad campaign targeted at X (young supporters-with modifier) and at Y( older fans -with modifier )

Is targeted for idiomatically incorrect- In this case, B appears to be correct as per meaning.
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11 Dec 2017, 11:18
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Bunuel wrote:
A minor league baseball team has for several years pressured its agency to implement an advertising campaign targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans who enjoy reminiscing about the beginning days of the sport.

A. targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
B. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and for older fans
C. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
D. with the targets of young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and of older fans
E. targeting to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and to older fans

Isn't option C violates parallelism .Souldn't "targeted at young supporters ...and at older fans" is correct.Is it an ellipses thing?
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20 Dec 2017, 14:17
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Bunuel wrote:
A minor league baseball team has for several years pressured its agency to implement an advertising campaign targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans who enjoy reminiscing about the beginning days of the sport.

A. targeted to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
B. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and for older fans
C. targeted at young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and older fans
D. with the targets of young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and of older fans
E. targeting to young supporters who need a superstar to idolize and to older fans

Isn't option C violates parallelism .Souldn't "targeted at young supporters ...and at older fans" is correct.Is it an ellipses thing?

This is the same thought I had. Did anyone reply to this?
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25 Jan 2018, 11:58
i think it should be option D as it follows parallelism correctly. option C changes the meaning
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