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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

(A) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
(B) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult.
(C) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult.
(D) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind.
(E) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500.
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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
(A) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision. 'it' may refer to sense of vision as well as a baby, and vision cannot 'be blind'
(B) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult. same as A
(C) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult. An integrate sentences should follow a semicolon
(D) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind. correct. semicolon here can separate two sentence with interlinked meaning.
(E) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500. same as A
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(D). This problem is testing whether or not we understand how to use the semicolon. Both sentences can stand alone.
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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

A] As a baby emerges form the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
B] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult.
C] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult.
D] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind.
E] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500.
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Can someone please explain why, in C, "qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult" -- why is that not a complete sentence?

It - Subject
To Be - Verb

Why is that a fragment?
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Here's my take on the question:

As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

A. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
B. A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally lind as an adult.
C. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult.
D. A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind.
E. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500.

1. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision. - No clue what does this IT refers to. It could refer to emergence of baby or to the rudimentary sense of vision.

2. A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult. - Improper construction

3. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult. - Its may refer to baby or to womb. The second issue is that after semicolon, there's a fragment.

It is a fragment because, there is no proper noun to which it can refer to and if an adult is incomplete. The correct formation could be, if it were an adult. Though the answer would still be wrong, because of It.

4. A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind. THAT clearly refers to rudimentary sense of vision. A semicolon is used before an independent clause. Sentence is correct.

5. As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500. Its is a possessive pronoun, so it must have a noun before it to which it can refer to. As a baby emerges is not a noun.

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18 Dec 2005, 11:39
D is correct and has a correct usage of a semicolon where two clauses are able to stand on their own
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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

A] As a baby emerges form the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
B] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult.
C] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult.
D] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind.
E] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500.
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13 Mar 2008, 11:32
At first i liked E, but "its" is slightly ambiguous.
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13 Mar 2008, 20:07
I narrowed it down to B and D because they are in the active voice. Then I choose D because I didn't think "or" was correct.
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14 Mar 2008, 02:47
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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

A] As a baby emerges form the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.
B] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult.
C] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult.
D] A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind.
E] As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500.

I dont think you can eliminate A,C and E on the basis of the usage of 'it' because you can use 'it' when referring to a person whose gender is unknown.
e.g When is the baby due?
(When is it due?)
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I dont think you can eliminate A,C and E on the basis of the usage of 'it' because you can use 'it' when referring to a person whose gender is unknown.
e.g When is the baby due?
(When is it due?)

In A 'it' is ambiguous. In C,E maybe you are right: 'its' is not worse than 'with'.
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14 Mar 2008, 15:03
I think one can eliminate C due to the presence of the semi colon.
There should be a comma instead.
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16 Mar 2008, 05:27
OA is D.
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Can someone please explain why, in C, "qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult" -- why is that not a complete sentence?

It - Subject
To Be - Verb

Why is that a fragment?
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As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision.

(A) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision, it would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind if it were an adult with such vision --> 1st "it" refers to vision, 2nd "it" refers to baby. Onepronoun must always refer to the same noun if used > time
(B) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500, or legally blind as an adult --> Here, as an adult seems to refer to a sense of vision, implying that a SENSE OF VISION can function AS AN ADULT.
(C) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision would be rated about 20/500; qualifying it to be legally blind if an adult. --> qualifyin os not a verb -> makes the part after a semicolon a sentence fragment
(D) A baby emerges from the darkness of the womb with a rudimentary sense of vision that would be rated about 20/500; an adult with such vision would be deemed legally blind --> Correct. Baby is compared with an adult. Both sentences before and after a semicolon are have a subject and a verb (can stand alone)
(E) As a baby emerges from the darkness of the womb, its rudimentary sense of vision, which would be deemed legally blind for an adult, would be rated about 20/500 --> A viosion can not be blind ...)))
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I narrowed it down to B and D because they are in the active voice. Then I choose D because I didn't think "or" was correct.

Passive sentences can be grammatically correct...
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21 Oct 2015, 16:58
I will also go with D... This option has the most proper construction without any errors...
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