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The rise in the price of crabmeat and an increase in demand

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982. The rise in the price of crabmeat and an increase in demand has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab that lives deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
(A) has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(B) has convinced some Floridians to try harvesting and selling a large crab species
(C) has convinced some Floridians that they should try the harvest and sale of a large crab species
(D) have convinced some Floridians to try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(E) have convinced some Floridians to try and harvest and sell a large crab species

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27 Dec 2007, 18:32
D.

rise in price and increase in demand...have (plural)
try TO not try AND

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27 Dec 2007, 20:48
982. The rise in the price of crabmeat and an increase in demand has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab that lives deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

(D) have convinced some Floridians to try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(E) have convinced some Floridians to try and harvest and sell a large crab species

A/B/C - The rise in X and increase in Y needs a plural verb (not "has")
D - correct
E - "to try and harvest and sell" sounds awk

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27 Dec 2007, 21:03
pmenon wrote:
982. The rise in the price of crabmeat and an increase in demand has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab that lives deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
(A) has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(B) has convinced some Floridians to try harvesting and selling a large crab species
(C) has convinced some Floridians that they should try the harvest and sale of a large crab species
(D) have convinced some Floridians to try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(E) have convinced some Floridians to try and harvest and sell a large crab species

and requires plural have-so D&E. In E and harvest and sell seem to make it parallel rather than a subordinate. So go with D

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29 Dec 2007, 17:02
OA is D

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30 Dec 2007, 09:17
pmenon wrote:
982. The rise in the price of crabmeat and an increase in demand has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab that lives deep in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
(A) has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(B) has convinced some Floridians to try harvesting and selling a large crab species
(C) has convinced some Floridians that they should try the harvest and sale of a large crab species
(D) have convinced some Floridians to try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(E) have convinced some Floridians to try and harvest and sell a large crab species

A,C incorrect because of should
B. the gerund in not needed...in this case to try needs the infinitive...it is not by means of
E. we miss the infinitive form
D. ok

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30 Dec 2007, 11:15
(A) has convinced some Floridians they should try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(B) has convinced some Floridians to try harvesting and selling a large crab species
(C) has convinced some Floridians that they should try the harvest and sale of a large crab species
(D) have convinced some Floridians to try to harvest and sell a species of large crab
(E) have convinced some Floridians to try and harvest and sell a large crab species

so I would go with D

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30 Dec 2007, 11:15
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