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Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 01:40
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Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian – fresh leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, and tubers - and animal carcasses rarely.


A. and animal carcasses rarely.

B. and animal carcasses is rare.

C. with animal carcasses as rare.

D. animal carcasses a rarity.

E. with animal carcasses a rarity.
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 02:11
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a,b,d are straightway out.... in c as rare is not the correct usage
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2009, 03:01
OA is E.. but plz explain.

why rare usage is wrong??
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2009, 03:12
Please, double check E answer. I guess it should be
with animal carcasses as a rarity

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Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian – fresh leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, and tubers - and animal carcasses rarely.


A. and animal carcasses rarely.

B. and animal carcasses is rare.

C. with animal carcasses as rare.

D. animal carcasses a rarity.

E. with animal carcasses a rarity.
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2009, 04:04
Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian – fresh leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, and tubers - and animal carcasses rarely.


A. and animal carcasses rarely.incorrect position of rarely- adverb should be placed before the verb

B. and animal carcasses is rare.awkward and distorted meaning

C. with animal carcasses as rare.unidiomatic

D. animal carcasses a rarity.missing a conjunction or a preposition

E. with animal carcasses a rarity.CORRECT.Idiomatic. Correct usage of 'with' to show the contrast warranted by 'despite'
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2009, 04:57
nehguup wrote:
Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian – fresh leaves, fruits, berries, nuts, roots, and tubers - and animal carcasses rarely.


A. and animal carcasses rarely. ----

B. and animal carcasses is rare.

C. with animal carcasses as rare.

D. animal carcasses a rarity.

E. with animal carcasses a rarity.



E.

There is a similar question in OG 11, just talking about Greeks.
Try to disregard the list of things bear eats, and then you will have:

Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian ...

A - and animal carcasses rarely; doesnt make sense - and is wrong, should use with; largely and rarely should not be parallel
B- and animal carcasses is rare - again and is wrong, this sounds like carcasses is in limited supply.
C- with animal carcasses as rare. - sounds like rare acts like something in the diet
D- carcasses cant be part of this list
E- with is used correctly and makes sense.

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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2009, 05:36
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bsv180985, my thought on missing 'a' is due to entire class of beer as a carnivore...!
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Re: Despite being a carnivore [#permalink] New post 25 Dec 2009, 12:38
what is the source of this question? there is a mistake in the non-underlined part

Despite being a carnivore, the diet of the bear is largely vegetarian


the diet cannot be a carnivore.
Re: Despite being a carnivore   [#permalink] 25 Dec 2009, 12:38
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