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A peculiar feature of the embryonic mammalian circulatory [#permalink]
01 Sep 2004, 01:25
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18. A peculiar feature of the embryonic mammalian circulatory system is that in the area of the heart the cells adhere to one another, beating in unison and adopting specialized orientations exclusive of one another.
(A) beating in unison and adopting
(B) they beat in unison while adopting
(C) beat in unison, and adopt
(D) beating in unison yet adopting
(E) even though they beat in unison and adopt
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I still think C is the best. True, D does do contrasting of the two actions, but to be a grammatically better sentence, paralllelism would be more important. That C does not provide a contrast is okay as it has not got to a point when readers cannot tell the difference (as in bad comparisons or poor modifiers)
I like C too.
IMO, the parallel structure is more important.
I guess the question is whether the peculiarity is in the features of the cells in the heart area or in the contrasting actions (beating in unison but adopting specialized orientation). So I think "peculiar feature" could be singular.
D does not suffer from parallel structure.
D uses present participle to describe the process of the cells adhering to one another: the participial phrase acts as an adjective giving extraneous information to the cells which adhere...