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Some cattle that were killed and badly injured in the fire last spring were infected with a parasite that went unreported to local agricultural officials.

A Some cattle that were killed and badly injured in the fire last spring were

B Some cattle that the fire killed and badly injured last spring have been

C Some cattle that were killed or badly injured in the fire last spring had been

D Last spring some of the cattle that were killed or badly injured in the fire had been

E Last spring the fire killed or badly injured some cattle that have been

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24 Feb 2004, 15:52
C& D: past perfect << correct.
D: last spring ........ fire << seperated << incorrect.

Ans : C
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24 Feb 2004, 16:38
I will go with C but my explaination is bit different.

A cattle cannot be injured and killed at the same time. It is either injured or killed. Only C makes this distinction by using "or"
Except for "and" there is no problem with choice A.
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24 Feb 2004, 20:42
anandnk wrote:
I will go with C but my explaination is bit different.

A cattle cannot be injured and killed at the same time. It is either injured or killed. Only C makes this distinction by using "or"
Except for "and" there is no problem with choice A.

I agree with anandnk on this one. Those cattle that were injured OR killed.
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25 Feb 2004, 04:45
anandnk wrote:
I will go with C but my explaination is bit different.

A cattle cannot be injured and killed at the same time. It is either injured or killed. Only C makes this distinction by using "or"
Except for "and" there is no problem with choice A.

another adding to your explanation. there should be sequence of tenses: first they "had been infected" by bla-bla, and then "were killed" or whatever.
and only after reading this question i saw in dictionary that the word "cattle" has plural form. thanks, vivek
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25 Feb 2004, 06:48
In this sentence, the first problem that arises is killed/badly injured. It is not logical to be both killed AND badly injured, to be killed OR badly injured is logical. Choices A and B are eliminated - killed and badly injured. Have been (E) is in the present perfect tense, but the fire occurred in the past (last spring). Of choices C and D, C is best because D does not make it clear that the fire occurred last spring.

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25 Feb 2004, 06:48
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