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Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds

Clearly between A and B. What is your choice and why?
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 17:16
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I believe the answer is B and not A.
In A, 'grains of sand or of pebbles' means grains of sand or grains of pebbles. But 'Grains of pebbles' doesn't make sense.
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 18:19
The answer should be 'B' because it is comparison by size which is taking place.

See 'grains of sand or of pebbles' is not correct because we can't say grains of pebbles (pebbles are small stones).
actual parallelism here is 'often larger than X Or Y'
which would then be 'grains of sand or pebbles'.
Hence B.

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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 21:05
In A "tiny flecks of celestial detritus" are compared w/ "grains of sand" and "grains of pebbles"

In B "tiny flecks of celestial detritus" are compared w/ "grains of sand" and "pebbles"

In B "burn up while speeding" makes sense. So B.
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2010, 21:07
There is a very nice explanation on this page

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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2010, 18:50
Looks like the original owner has the wrong OA.
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 02:51
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OA is B.
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 22:34
I wnt for B too but A looked good for but for not having While ........."of sand or of pebbles" or "of sand or pebbles" which one is right ?
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2010, 22:35
Yeah looked at the explanation understood my mistake......amnhattan forum explanation very good
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2010, 23:38
I thought it was D still a bit confused
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 02:07
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Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds

Clearly between A and B. What is your choice and why?



Why is the usage of which wrong in C...B and C according to me are exactly the same... which refers to 'grain' since 'of sand or pebbles' is a prepositional phrase....
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Re: Meteor showers [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2011, 03:32
Because which refers to near word, so when we use which in "X or Y " construction, it is ambigues to ey to X or Y it reffers


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Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.

A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds

Clearly between A and B. What is your choice and why?



Why is the usage of which wrong in C...B and C according to me are exactly the same... which refers to 'grain' since 'of sand or pebbles' is a prepositional phrase....
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Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 23:09
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Re: Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2013, 23:38
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Meteor showers and individual streaks of light that flash across the sky every night are generated when tiny flecks of celestial detritus, often no larger than grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding through the atmosphere.
A. grains of sand or of pebbles, burn up speeding - Use of OF is incorrect. More over modifier SPEEDING creates confusion. Incorrect.
B. grains of sand or pebbles, burn up while speeding - Correct
C. grains of sand or pebbles, which burn up while speeding
- Placement of WHICH changes the meaning of the sentence because in this case WHICH refers to "a grain of sand or pebble" and means that sand or pebble burns rather than FLECKS burning. Thus Incorrect
D. a grain of sand or pebble, which burns up as it speeds
- Placement of WHICH changes the meaning of the sentence because in this case WHICH refers to "a grain of sand or pebble" and means that sand or pebble burns rather than FLECKS burning. Thus Incorrect
E. a grain of sand or a pebble, burns up when it speeds
- Its the tiny flecks that burns because FLECKS is plural, use of Singular pronoun & verb is incorrect. Thus Incorrect
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