Official Solution: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.

Answer: C

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