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If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment.

a. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but
b. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather
d. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
e. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but
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21 Sep 2010, 22:41
not sure why its C, i thought D would work as well.... any suggestions?
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21 Sep 2010, 22:46
no blast, shock, or heat
v/s
a blast, shock, or heat

The second list doesnt seem parallel.
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21 Sep 2010, 23:21
I also believe the answer should be D. Option C is not parallel also seems to changing the meaning of sentence!
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22 Sep 2010, 00:36
i went with option E
as i think But and rahter are redundant.
we should use 1 of them.
kindly give the official explaination and answer.
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22 Sep 2010, 04:27
it cant be D, there is no parallelism, after "but" is a noun, so we need a noun after ""NOT'" instead we have a verb "GENERATED"
I was down between A or C, I know C is the OA but why A is wrong?
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it cant be D, there is no parallelism, after "but" is a noun, so we need a noun after ""NOT'" instead we have a verb "GENERATED"
I was down between A or C, I know C is the OA but why A is wrong?

not X,Y, nor Z ... doesnt sound right
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22 Sep 2010, 06:03
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this one's a bit tricky ....

C and D look very similar, don't they?
In C, we're using "no" and a noun;
In D, we're using "not" and a verb.

"not... but..." is a conjunction and therefore requires parallel structure. So in D, after "not" we have "generate," a verb, and after "but" we have "pulse," a noun.
where as we need a verb.

So we can rule out D.
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22 Sep 2010, 07:26
good question. fell for E but agree with C and reasoning above.
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22 Sep 2010, 07:42
a. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but
- nor is wrong
b. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
- not parallel
c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather
d. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
- not parallel
e. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but
- not parallel
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22 Sep 2010, 07:53
Got confused with B initially....but its definitely C
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22 Sep 2010, 15:14
here is my thoughts about A and anyone is welcome to debate:
1)NOR is wrong not because it doesn't sound right ( nor by it self can actually complete a list of negative statements but with grammatical restrictions ) but because it's followed by an adjective and just an adjective, it's wrong
2) the usage of "if" structure: the presence of "would" indicate that the statement is out of the ordinary and hypothetical, which is not the case here, because the description in the sentence can actually happen.
PS: I was surprised that no one mentioned A, to me D was never a confusion.
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22 Sep 2010, 16:59
This is quite tricky....
I fell for D...But accept the reasoning for C.
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22 Sep 2010, 23:04
Good question....
the choice is between would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather and would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather

for this we need to take a look at what is after rather...is it a verb or a noun. If noun then the first one wins
if a verb then the second one wins.

intense electromagnetic pulse this is noun.
so to make things || we need a noun in the earlier clause.
So the sentence becomes ... would generate no blast ..... but ...(generate) intense electromagnetic .....

C wins
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30 Sep 2010, 21:33
I chose D. I see the point with C - a blast, shock or heat --> a heat????

generate [no] blast, shock or heat --> now i am not convinced if generate blast sounds fine.
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01 Oct 2010, 04:38
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I chose D. I see the point with C - a blast, shock or heat --> a heat????

generate [no] blast, shock or heat --> now i am not convinced if generate blast sounds fine.

"Generate blast" would be wrong, but "generate NO blast" is fine.
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01 Oct 2010, 06:24
it is a really good problem.
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If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment.

a. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but -----not and nor make the clause a double negative. It should be ‘neither …nor’ or ‘not … or’

b. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather – though accepted sometimes as good enough when extant alone, ‘not … but rather’ is still inferior to ‘not…. but’ because it is wordier. When both the forms of the idiom are available simple ‘not… but’ makes a better choice.

c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather ---- the same reasoning as in B. While the left of the conjunction but has no article, the right has an article in the form of an intense electromagnetic. Though not very significant, still it is a pin - prick.

d. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather --- not generate … but rather an intense ‘misses the correlative parallelism

e. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but ------ the same problem as in D.

Not happy with any of the choices.
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Can someone answer why D & E aren't parallel? Can't the article "a" be distributed to all items in a list? To maintain parallelism in the "either...or..." stem article should be present.
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