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New post 09 Feb 2014, 00:39
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Scientists claim that the discovery of the first authenticated mammal bones in amber could provide important clues of determining, in addition to how, when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies.

A: of determining, in addition to how, when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies

B:in the determination of how and when the islands of the West Indies were colonized by mammals

C:to determine how mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies and when they did

D:for determining when the islands of the West Indies were colonized by mammals and how they were

E:for determining how and when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies

My queries are,

For Choice C, Merely on the basis of the pronoun ambiguity "They" we should not eliminate the option as did here. They is clearly referring to Mammals isn't it?
Second " could provide important clues to determine" isn't this structure is correct or there is any idiom involved in it ?
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Scientists claim that the discovery of the first authenticated mammal bones in amber could provide important clues of determining, in addition to how, when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies.

A: of determining, in addition to how, when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies

B:in the determination of how and when the islands of the West Indies were colonizedby mammals

C:to determine how mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies andwhen they did

D:for determining when the islands of the West Indies were colonized by mammals and how they were

E:for determining how and when mammals colonized the islands of the West Indies....CORRECT....
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New post 11 Feb 2014, 03:34
In C, 'they' is not ambiguous. 'they' refers to mammals obeying parallelism.
I will go with C.

Parallelism: ...could provide clues to determine (how mammals colonized ...and when they did.)
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New post 23 May 2014, 21:46
egmat wrote:
Hi Sachin,

Choice B is incorrect because it is very wordy. It does not have any grammatical error, but it certianly is lot more wordy. Choice E is concise.

Well, there are no rules for awkwardness because it is a stylistic issue and not a grammatical issue.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Shraddha,

When is "for" preferred over "to". I'm sometimes not really able to choose between "to <verb>" and "for <verbing>". Could you please help with examples. Thank you very much in advance.

Thanks very much for helping out.
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New post 24 Jan 2016, 22:59
Very tricky one.
Firstly, i am not so sure to eliminate "to , for and in" + different forms of "determine"
from the intended meaning, i am quite sure that B,D,E is certainly better
Secondly, i am not sure about if how and when can be used together...
then i googled this usage and it turns out to be widely used...
So i pick up E in the end.

BTW, other thoughts such as "provide... for..." and "pronoun ambiguity" can be a good decision point as well.
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New post 08 Feb 2016, 11:00
Hi egmat / chetan2u / daagh ,

Is "Clues+to" and "Clues+For" are idioms..??
Please assist. :)
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New post 05 Mar 2016, 23:38
this is about idiom

clue to something is correct idiom in the dictinary
but
noun for doing is normally uesed and is not showned in dictionary

we do not have clue to do

though for some noun
noun to do is correct.
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egmat wrote:
Hi Sachin,

Choice B is incorrect because it is very wordy. It does not have any grammatical error, but it certianly is lot more wordy. Choice E is concise.

Well, there are no rules for awkwardness because it is a stylistic issue and not a grammatical issue.

Hope this helps. :-)
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Payal, good afternoon.

Besides what you presented above, I detected one more error on choice C: Even if "they" were linked correctly to "mammals", this choice does not refer to the right pronoun at the end of the choice. In this case, "it" is missing.

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