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# If I like to swim, run, and dance. correct, why

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15 Nov 2011, 11:33
If “I like to swim, run, and dance.” correct, why "ability of recognizing and spontaneously grasping" incorrect?

that dolphins have the ability of recognizing themselves in mirrors—an ability that is often considered as a sign of self-awareness—and spontaneously grasping

OG expl - "of recognizing and spontaneously grasping are not parallel" (OG12, page 95)

Does someone know the rule or something?
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15 Nov 2011, 16:12
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If “I like to swim, run, and dance.” correct, why "ability of recognizing and spontaneously grasping" incorrect?

that dolphins have the ability of recognizing themselves in mirrors—an ability that is often considered as a sign of self-awareness—and spontaneously grasping

OG expl - "of recognizing and spontaneously grasping are not parallel" (OG12, page 95)

Does someone know the rule or something?

Nope, they are parallel, the problem in answer choice D is the unidiomatic. You cannot say the "ability of V-ing". The correct idiom is 'ability to do'. Also, choice D have problem with idiom, "consider as". The correct idiom is "consider X Y"

Other idioms:

"be able to do"
"be capable of doing"
"has the ability to do"
"has the capability of doing"
"be possible for ... to do"
"has the possibility of doing"

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15 Nov 2011, 17:05
if they are parallel it's ok. My concern was only about that statement in the OG that they are not.

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16 Nov 2011, 03:32
Lets dissect the parallelism in the original statement:

that dolphins have the ability of recognizing [strike]themselves in mirrors—an ability that is often considered as a sign of self-awareness—[/strike]and spontaneously grasping

The parallelism had to be enforced between

[recognizing] and [spontaneously grasping]

This is not parallel. A properly parallel statement would be
[recognizing] and [grasping spontaneously].

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17 Nov 2011, 13:48
crick20002002 wrote:
Lets dissect the parallelism in the original statement:

that dolphins have the ability of recognizing [strike]themselves in mirrors—an ability that is often considered as a sign of self-awareness—[/strike]and spontaneously grasping

The parallelism had to be enforced between

[recognizing] and [spontaneously grasping]

This is not parallel. A properly parallel statement would be
[recognizing] and [grasping spontaneously].

Crick

so what is missing is "of"? ...and of spontaneously grasping?
than why is "I like to swim, [strike]to[/strike] run, and [strike]to[/strike]dance.” without to is correct?
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