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Guys dont we need an AND here - "he could eat dates and coconut meat, AND relax in a palm recliner in his palm-post bungalow under a palm-thatch roof," We have a list here with 2 items and so isnt an AND called for?
Can anybody explain why "and" is not needed before "relax"?
because relax is not the last word in the parallel construction. the sentence continues after the underlined portion with "watch" and the last parallel work. look at sesamemochi's post. _________________
Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."? _________________
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Good question. I agree that C is correct, but about D, can't we enter a modifier in between in a parallel construction? I mean what is wrong with, "I could eat meat,( while) relaxing on the recliner.."?
It's possible, but probably you would change the meaning of the sentence. Nothing tells you that those all actions are performed at the same time. _________________
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Re: If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island [#permalink]
06 Apr 2012, 09:10
Subjunctive "were" is appropriate here. So A, B and E are out. Dont just rule out D because it uses a continuous "relaxing" that doesnt seem to be parallel with eat, buff and watch. In many cases, use of continuous tense among simple presents can be correct.
Pay close attention to whether the continuous tense adds new activity in the list or simply modifies the earlier written activity. For instance "I ate my hamburger and watched TV" - lists two activities. Now consider "I ate my hamburger, watching TV" - Still two activities but the latter acts as a modifier and not just another activity. Therefore, pay attention to whether the author means that Crusoe ate dates and meat while relaxing in a recliner or that the Crusoe ate date and meat and also relaxed in a recliner.
Re: If a latter-day Robinson Crusoe was marooned on an island
06 Apr 2012, 09:10
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...