The United Parcel Service plans to convert its more than 2,000

Question

The United Parcel Service plans to convert its more than 2,000 gasoline-powered trucks in the Los Angeles area to run on cleaner-burning natural gas.

Option A
Option B
Option C
Option D
Option E

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Solution

Sentence Analysis

  • The United Parcel Service plans (Main Subject: United Parcel Service (UPS); Verb: plans)
    • to convert (Infinitive modifying the plan)
      • its more than 2,000 gasoline-powered trucks (object of ‘convert’)
        • in the Los Angeles area (prepositional phrase modifying ‘trucks’)
      • to run on cleaner-burning natural gas. (Infinitive phrase indicating the purpose of the conversion)

The sentence says that UPS plans to convert its trucks to run on cleaner-burning natural gas.

The sentence is correct as is.

Option Analysis

(A) Correct.

(B) Incorrect. The use of the dependent clause modifier ‘that are powered by gasoline’ makes this option inferior to option A since this modifier is not directly following ‘trucks’ and communicates the same idea as in option A using more words.

(C) Incorrect. For the following reasons:

  1. “plan on verb-ing” is not used in formal English. “plan to verb” is the correct form.
  2. “that will run on natural gas” doesn’t indicate the objective of the conversion. It seems to just provide additional information about the trucks that these trucks will run on natural gas sometime in the future. In this case, the sentence seems incomplete since the purpose of conversion remains unstated.

(D) Incorrect. The construction of this option is as follows:

UPS plans for its trucks to convert to run on natural gas.

This sentence implies that the plan is that the trucks convert on their own to run on natural gas. Clearly, a nonsensical meaning.

(E) Incorrect. This sentence has the same problem as option B has. Besides, the sentence structure indicates that the trucks will convert ‘by themselves’ to run on natural gas. Clearly, a nonsensical meaning.

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