Can this machine be adopted______farm work?

Options were: a)in b)into c)for d)by

Please provide the correct answer with proper explanation.

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    Did the source say adopted, or did it say adapted? – JoshG Aug 9 '18 at 16:43
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    I think it would be "clumsy" whichever preposition you put in there. Most likely the writer (test-setter?) has mangled the more natural Can this machine be adapted for/to farm work? But he would be an inexperienced / incompetent test-setter, since there's no justification for supposing there could be a single unambiguously correct answer. – FumbleFingers Aug 9 '18 at 16:43
  • If that's a multiple-choice test question, why not cite it fully, please? Otherwise, where did it come from? Either way, given those specific choices the best answer would be "Can this machine be adopted for farm work" but that doesn't make it a good question, nor much of a useful one. – Robbie Goodwin Aug 9 '18 at 23:50

The preposition "for" would be the best option, based on the etymology of the word. Adopt = "chose for oneself, take by choice, select".

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