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    As the result of his work, Ebbesmeyer has become known as the scientist to call with questions about any unusual objects found floating in the ocean. He has even started an association of beachcombers and ocean experts. They have recorded all lost objects ranging from potatoes to golf gloves.

    What does the underlined part mean in the above passage? Thanks for help!

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    It means that he is the person one should call whenever an unusual object is found floating in the ocean.

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    More specifically, it means that if you have questions about unusual floating objects, he is the person to call (that you should call).

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    More specifically, it means that if you have questions about unusual floating objects, he is the person to call (that you should call).
    The following is a part of the reading comprehension of a passage in a college exam in China this year:
    ...As the result of his work, Ebbesmeyer has become known as the scientist to call with questions about any unusual objects found floating in the ocean. He has even started an association of beachcombers and ocean experts, with 500 subscribers from West Africa to New Zealand. They have recorded all lost objects ranging from potatoes to golf gloves.
    Question: Ebbesmeyer is most famous for ________.
    A. traveling widely the coastal cities of the world B. making records for any lost objects on the sea
    C. running a global currents research association D. phoning about any doubtful objects on the sea
    And the answer given to students is "D".

    Don't you think it is a misunderstanding of "the scientist to call"? Ebbesmeyer is such a famous scientist that we, if having a question about any unusual objects found floating in the ocean, may call him for his expertise. It is common people that call the scientist for information. But answer D means that it is the scientist who calls.
    We can find his information easily on the wedsite:http://flotsametrics.com/author.php, which says:"Media worldwide have turned to his expertise on ocean currents and floating objects", and "hosting the radio program Flotsam Hour, in which listeners call in with interesting flotsam". See, listeners call him, turn to his expertise.
    Thanks for help!
    Last edited by harryzhp; 02-Sep-2014 at 14:11.

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    Yes, the only possible answer is D. I would not have written that question, and parts of it are not in good English. But all the other answers can be ruled out.
    Which would you choose?

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Ebbesmeyer has become known as the scientist to call with questions about any unusual objects found floating in the ocean.
    Can it be rewritten as 'Ebbesmeyer has become known as the scientist for people having questions about any unusual objects found floating in the ocean to call'?

    Coincidentally, the same question was already asked in this thread https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/t...t-to-call-quot

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    My problem with answer D is that it has him making the calls rather than receiving them.

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    'The scientist to call' can mean 'the scientist for people to call' or 'the scientist who calls'.
    Is it correct?

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    Re: to call with questions about ...

    In context, it is the first.

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    Should answer D have been written as 'being phoned about any doubtful objects on the sea'?

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