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# A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected

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6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.
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11 Dec 2007, 09:12
sztiwari wrote:
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.

I think is A. This answer choice supports the parallalism.
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11 Dec 2007, 10:11
D for me

if you drop "making much easier and" the sentence still has to make sense and the adverd should be after the verb to make it || to the rest of the modifier

I think...
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12 Dec 2007, 11:16
D for me too.

Paralleliesm is required between "making" and "spreading"
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12 Dec 2007, 16:40
tarek99 wrote:
D for me too.

Paralleliesm is required between "making" and "spreading"

Then how do you say D? In that case it should be A , right?
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14 Dec 2007, 14:37
sztiwari wrote:
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.

Go with D:

The reflected radiation is doing two things:
1. Making ignition much easier
2. Causing Flames to spread more quickly
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07 Jan 2008, 02:00
D for me.
A, B, C have troubles with ||ism
E can't explain why it's wrong. it's not akward, but incorrect
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07 Jan 2008, 15:50
sztiwari wrote:
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.

Def. D. ABC \\ism issue. E is wordy and not ||.
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15 Apr 2008, 11:38
does anybody can explain why E is not correct?
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15 Apr 2008, 16:27
D for me
Parallel structure ... causing is || to making

Simplify to sentence :
A fire <does something>, making ignition much easier and causing flames to spread.

E is not correct because E is passive voice. In GMAT if an active sentence is always more correct than a passive one.

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6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames
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16 Apr 2008, 12:11
sztiwari wrote:
tarek99 wrote:
D for me too.

Paralleliesm is required between "making" and "spreading"

Then how do you say D? In that case it should be A , right?

no because "making.....and flames" aren't parallel.
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16 Apr 2008, 12:14
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does anybody can explain why E is not correct?

i think it's because you can't have a present participle and a gerund standing right next to each other cause that would make the sentence sound clumsy. that's just my opinion, but not really sure about this. Would anyone confirm whether i'm right?
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19 May 2008, 01:21
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ksh013 wrote:
does anybody can explain why E is not correct?

i think it's because you can't have a present participle and a gerund standing right next to each other cause that would make the sentence sound clumsy. that's just my opinion, but not really sure about this. Would anyone confirm whether i'm right?

I think you shoud simply avoid present progressive (continuous) tense if simple present will do. GMAT prefers simplicity (pun not intended ). Thus E is wrong.
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27 May 2008, 08:24
D seems fine to me because it obeys parallelism
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27 May 2008, 08:36
d is the correct choice

what is the OA to the question
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27 May 2008, 11:14
D
but wouldn't E be more parallel? hehe, so confusing
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27 May 2008, 12:04
making X and (making) flames spreading quickly - if you think this will work then A should be the answer for you.

making X and causing flames to spread much easier. - if you think D

I agree with the D crowd.
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23 Mar 2012, 04:38
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6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.

I agree D is parallel but so is E, I know there is something no so right about E but can anyone point out what exactly is it?

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23 Mar 2012, 05:13
D goes the best because of correct parallelism
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23 Mar 2012, 07:41
sztiwari wrote:
6.A fire in an enclosed space burns with the aid of reflected radiation that preheats the fuel, making ignition much easier and flames spreading more quickly.
(C) flames are caused to spread
(E) causing spreading of the flames

I got the answer correct but could not justify why. Please provide explanation.

D is the correct answer because of the below reasons-

1. In parallel with making ignition much easier"
2. (causing flames to spread) Grammatically more correct than the option A.

The other choices are out due to one or more errors.
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