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Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 08:27
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Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it , can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require

A) rather than burning calories to generate it
B) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
C) and not from generating it by burning calories
D) instead of by burning calories for generating it
E) instead of body heat generated by burning calories
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Re: GOOD ONE [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 08:29
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Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it, can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require

A) rather than burning calories to generate it
B) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
C) and not from generating it by burning calories
D) instead of by burning calories for generating it
E) instead of body heat generated by burning calories


My questions is how can A be correct ? "it" has no clear antecedent , it could refer to "sun" or "heat" . As a matter fact I do not find any correct !!! Help
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Re: GOOD ONE [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 08:36
In GMAT, ambiguity ,such as the one you are talking about here, is no longer an issue as long as sentence is meaningful. GMAT gives preference to meaning and here, we have 'heat' as the most meaningful logical referent for 'it'. Can we say that 'burning calories to generate 'sun'?

Hope it makes sense. :-)

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Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it, can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require

A) rather than burning calories to generate it
B) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
C) and not from generating it by burning calories
D) instead of by burning calories for generating it
E) instead of body heat generated by burning calories


My questions is how can A be correct ? "it" has no clear antecedent , it could refer to "sun" or "heat" . As a matter fact I do not find any correct !!! Help
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Re: GOOD ONE [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2014, 10:08
Hi,

Please underline the portion of the sentence and also rename the topic with the beginning of the sentence instead of " a good one"

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Re: Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2014, 09:49
Zatmah wrote:
Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than burning calories to generate it , can survive on ten percent of the nourishment that a mammal of similar size would normally require

A) rather than burning calories to generate it
B) rather than the generation of body heat by burning calories
C) and not from generating it by burning calories
D) instead of by burning calories for generating it
E) instead of body heat generated by burning calories


Why C is not a correct answer ? As it seems A has parallelism mistake . In option A "drawing their body heat " is made parallel to "burning calories" where as it should be "generating it" . Option C provides correct parallelism. Please respond.
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Re: Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2014, 08:41
dransa wrote:
As it seems A has parallelism mistake . In option A "drawing their body heat " is made parallel to "burning calories" where as it should be "generating it" .

That's not a parallelism mistake. That is the correct parallelism, clearly depicting the intended meaning:

Reptiles, by drawing their body heat directly from the Sun rather than (by) burning calories to generate it.......

In other words, reptiles:
i) draw their body heat directly from the Sun
ii) don't burn calories to generate the body heat
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