can we reject option A because “to + verb” shows intent which in this case changes the meaning of the sentence what is the reason to eliminate D & E?
A March 2000 Census Bureau survey showed that Mexico accounted for more than a quarter of all foreign-born residents of the United States, the largest share for any country to contribute since 1890, when about 30 percent of the country’s foreign-born population was from Germany.
A)the largest share for any country to contribute
B)the largest share that any country has contributed
C)which makes it the largest share for any country to contribute
D)having the largest share to be contributed by any country
E)having the largest share to have been contributed by any country
OA : B
Source: Verbal REview 2018
My question is :
- can we reject option A because “to + verb” shows intent which in this case would change the intended meaning of the sentence
- what is the reason to eliminate option D and E?
A: “The largest share for any country to contribute” – The intended meaning is that the contribution made by Mexico is the largest since 1890.
The phrase “for any country to contribute” distorts the meaning by implying that “more than a quarter” has been the upper limit of contributions by any country since 1890 and that the survey says that Mexico has reached this upper limit. Hence this answer choice is incorrect
C: It isn’t clear what “it” refers to in this sentence. Also, “for a country to contribute” is wrong usage. Hence this answer choice is incorrect
D and E: It isn’t correct to say “Mexico is having the largest contribution by any country”. Hence these answer choices are incorrect
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