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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns.

(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns

(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them

(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather returns

(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns

(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit
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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns.

(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns

(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them

(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather returns

(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns

(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit


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only E makes sense here.

A,B,C,D -> have Pronoun reference issues. Frozen Citrus is singluar, so you can't use "They, them when refering to Citrus)
C -> fruit rots wrong here. weather rots the fruit
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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns.

(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit

Keep getting this one wrong:( Need detailed explanations..


Agree with E. The use of "them/they", which refer to "the growers", is wrong.
"It" is required to refer "frozen citrus".
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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before
they rot when warmer weather returns.
(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather
returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit

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Construction is : X is to Y
A> "them" - pronoun agreement error.Citrus = singular
B> "they" and them - pronoun agreement error
C> "them" - pronoun agreement error
D> "they" and them - pronoun agreement error
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E...is the best possible choice w/o pronoun error
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This question took me 5 sec to find the answer. The structure is : the only way TO ... is TO ....
So E is obviously the only one.
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this question calls for parallelism and pronouns.
here, is acts as a linking verb. in that, it does not describe what the subject does but what the subject is. in other words it does not describe the action of the subject but state of the subject.

Eg. She is a student. is - linking verb.

Linking verbs demand that subject and object be parallel. hence, way to do X is to Y is the parallel structure here.
Remember, parallelism does not always need parallel markers. Parallelism is called for wherever ideas are logically parallel.
So, A and E are parallel.
Lets see more.
A - process them! oh! cirtus btw is a collective noun and hence, singular. them disagrees!
B - same error! they? no.
C - them again! no
D - they? same error
E - it, correct. fruit, correct.
The tie between A and E that both support parallelism can be solved by pronoun issue.
Note that, without knowing that citrus is singular, there was no way to solve this.
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One more take-away here.
To salvage... is... to process - A with other errors
To salvage .. is... to have it processed - E with no other errors.
Parallelism in A seems more perfect, but is deceiving. Note the trap.
Take-away? Look for other errors too.
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Here's my question: How do you know in that sentence that citrus is singular?
If i'm not mistaken the plural of citrus is still citrus no?

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Here's my question: How do you know in that sentence that citrus is singular?
If i'm not mistaken the plural of citrus is still citrus no?

hmm... i checked again & i dont think that there is a way to solve this without knowing that citrus is a fruit. One thing can be done. Lets say you think citrus is plural then what would be singular - citru ??? have you ever heard of this word..no , then citrus is singular and its plural is citruses

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Irrespective of citrus being singular or prural, the pronoun is the one that stands out and needs to resolved in the answer.

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The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns.(A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them
(C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather returns
(D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns
(E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit.

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"A" is the right answer. There is nothing wrong with the sentence.
"E" is a more simpler version of "A" but "A" is not wrong so "E" cannot replace "A" in being the right answer.

I just dont see a "if" starting in the clause making sense. So "B" & "D" are not okay.
"C" doesn't make sense either.

So the right answer is "A"

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1022lapog wrote:
"A" is the right answer. There is nothing wrong with the sentence.
"E" is a more simpler version of "A" but "A" is not wrong so "E" cannot replace "A" in being the right answer.

I just dont see a "if" starting in the clause making sense. So "B" & "D" are not okay.
"C" doesn't make sense either.

So the right answer is "A"


Also, the pronoun "it" in E refers to singular object. Here the citrus word should refer to plural fruits. E is definitely wrong. Of the answer choices, A better suits.

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1022lapog wrote:
"A" is the right answer. There is nothing wrong with the sentence.
"E" is a more simpler version of "A" but "A" is not wrong so "E" cannot replace "A" in being the right answer.

I just dont see a "if" starting in the clause making sense. So "B" & "D" are not okay.
"C" doesn't make sense either.

So the right answer is "A"


Also, the pronoun "it" in E refers to singular object. Here the citrus word should refer to plural fruits. E is definitely wrong. Of the answer choices, A better suits.



Who said frozen citrus is Plural ??

It is singular and will need a singular pronoun !
E is the correct answer, all others are wrong !! period.

frozen citrus is a type of fruit, and is singular


also look at the parallel structure, it requires an infinitive to be parallel. A lacks both and is doomed !

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"E" is the right answer.. Same question was posted in another thread as well, with its original answer..

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1022lapog wrote:
"A" is the right answer. There is nothing wrong with the sentence.
"E" is a more simpler version of "A" but "A" is not wrong so "E" cannot replace "A" in being the right answer.

I just dont see a "if" starting in the clause making sense. So "B" & "D" are not okay.
"C" doesn't make sense either.

So the right answer is "A"


There are many cases in sentence correction questions when two options are both grammatically correct but the right one is the simpler one.

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The plural of citrus is citruses. Since citrus is used here we consider singular usage of the pronouns i.e. 'it'

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Although I understood the reasoning behind POE of this answer choice, can anyone enlighten me by justifying the below explanation from OG12.

Parallelism requires that the same word forms
perform the same functions in the sentence. Here,
the linking verb is requires two infinitives: to
salvage … to process (or to have … processed).

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