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As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream of atomic particles known as the solar wind.

(A) As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(B) Besides heat and light, also the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(C) Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming
(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
(E) The Sun is the source of not only heat and light but, as well, of a continuous streaming
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02 Nov 2009, 17:39
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IMO D.

Besides heat and light, xxx....here xxx should not be 'the sun'..it can be something else that the sun possesses. Seems like heat, light and 'the sun' are compared.

A and E don't read too well.
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02 Nov 2009, 18:20
tejal777 wrote:
. As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream of atomic particles known as the solar wind.

(A) As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
Not preferred construction.
(B) Besides heat and light, also the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
"Besides X, also the sun" is incorrect.
(C) Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming
"continuous streaming", present progressive is not preferred over simple present - stream.
(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
Uses "Not only X but also Y" correctly. This is correct.
(E) The Sun is the source of not only heat and light but, as well, of a continuous streaming
Uses "not only but, as well" which is incorrect.
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02 Nov 2009, 21:44
IMO D.
The expression not only... but also ... is tested.
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02 Nov 2009, 23:38
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why not C ?

"a continuous streaming" is incorrect and it should be "a continuous stream"
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03 Nov 2009, 20:35
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why not C ?

Because it's not parallel.
"Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming"
This sentence means "besides the sun is heat and light, the sun is also the source of ..."
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04 Nov 2009, 08:55
I was thinking between C and D until i realised the 'ing' in stream
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04 Nov 2009, 11:58
The sentence in C is missing ing word after besides,
plus the use of besides and also, is a little redundant as well.
Whenever, you have option to choose simpler sentences, choose it. GMAT likes simplicity.
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14 Oct 2010, 04:39
engel wrote:
why not C ?

It saya the sun is also a source of a continuous stream.Heat and and light are also sources.
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What we have to be clear here is that Sun is the source of three factors, namely heat, light and a continuous stream ………. solar wind

A.Altered intent. This effectively means that along with heat and light, the Sun is a third source of the solar wind.
B.Altered intent. Same as A.
C. Altered intent. Same as A and B
D.Correct; Not only the intent is brought well forthrightly but also the structure is well constructed by properly using the correlative conjunction not only … but also
E.Missing parallelism, by saying not only heat and light but as well of a continuous streaming. The of after as well is breaking the parallelism. In addition, continuous streaming also is wrong; it should be continuously streaming

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14 Oct 2010, 06:08
D.
is the comma between not only but also correct
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14 Oct 2010, 06:37
Comma is a vexatious issue, with different measurements applied in different systems. American English is liberal about such use of comma just before and & but, while British English does not encourage such a use. We will go by AE, which is what GMAT is concerned about
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14 Oct 2010, 07:26
tejal777 wrote:
As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream of atomic particles known as the solar wind.

(A) As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(B) Besides heat and light, also the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(C) Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming
(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
(E) The Sun is the source of not only heat and light but, as well, of a continuous streaming

D it is.
A- absolutely wrong
B- Incorrect position of the word "also". Distorts the original meaning.
C- Wrong use of Progressive tense "streaming2. General definitions should be written in Present tense.
E- Idiom error.
D- Correct use of idiom and prepositions in maintaining parallelism
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15 Oct 2010, 02:49
+1 for D

(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
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24 Oct 2010, 07:08
I selected D.

Eleminated C due to 2 reasons:
1. First, Wrong use of the clause "Besides ..." as it appears to modify unintended "Sun"
2. Secondly, incorrect use of tense. "streaming..."

Does anybody disagree?

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24 Oct 2010, 09:36
D.

Context of the passage is most clear this way.

A, B and C all sound ambiguous writing as if sun and light are compared to the sun itself.
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18 Oct 2011, 09:42
D - Idiomatic - Not only X but also Y
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not only ..... , but also ...... + 1 for D
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19 Oct 2011, 12:26
tejal777 wrote:
As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream of atomic particles known as the solar wind.

(A) As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(B) Besides heat and light, also the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(C) Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming
(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
(E) The Sun is the source of not only heat and light but, as well, of a continuous streaming

Although i agree with D.

But if in C if "streaming" is replaced by "stream". Does the OA becomes C in that case ?
Which one is better. Could anyone please explain ?
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29 Oct 2011, 04:05
tejal777 wrote:
As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream of atomic particles known as the solar wind.

(A) As well as heat and light, the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(B) Besides heat and light, also the Sun is the source of a continuous stream
(C) Besides heat and light, the Sun is also the source of a continuous streaming
(D) The Sun is the source not only of heat and light, but also of a continuous stream
(E) The Sun is the source of not only heat and light but, as well, of a continuous streaming

D wins. (correct use of correlative conjunction). Others fall apart.
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