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GMAT Sentence Correction 19-24

I solved the Sentence Correction questions 19 to 24 twice; 3 correct and 3 incorrect for the first time, and 5 correct and 1 incorrect for the second time.
Reference: The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

The question that troubled me most is 24:
In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used crossbreeding, in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics and partly because crossbreeding is said to provide hybrid vigor.

Which of these two do you think is correct?

(D) partly because certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers
(E) partly to acquire certain characteristics in their steers

steer (n): a male domestic bovine animal that has been castrated and is raised for beef


Answer is (E).

Corrected as of January 4th, 2013.
I was so bothered by the construction of (E) that seems to violate parallelism between "partly to do" and "partly because", but it was in fact allowable here. (D) is awkward and illogical due to the passive voice of "should be acquired by their steers". It seems vague as the reason why cattle breeders are using more and more crossbreeding. I'm wondering if (D) can be correct with the passive structure of "can be acquired", which talks about a possibility, not a duty or obligation. I could be wrong, though.

On the other hand, (E) is a clear and concise reason why cattle breeders rely on crossbreeding so much, making us assume that the subject for the verb "acquire" is cattle breeders themselves, and the phrase "to acquire certain characteristics" is obviously their purpose.

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