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Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 23:32
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“Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas, Venus fly traps attract insects by secretion of sweet nectar and spring shut in less than a tenth of a second, digesting the prey thoroughly enough that only dried skin fragments remain when its sealed stomach opens again ten days later.”

A. Venus fly traps attract insects by secretion of sweet nectar and spring shut in less than a tenth of a second, digesting the prey thoroughly enough

B. Venus fly traps attract insects by secretion of sweet nectar, they spring shut in less than a tenth of a second, and with such thorough digestion of the prey

C. Venus fly traps use secretion of sweet nectar to attract insects, spring shut in less than a tenth of a second, and digest the prey so thoroughly

D. the Venus fly trap attracts insects by secretion of sweet nectar, springing shut in less than a tenth of a second and digesting the prey so thoroughly

E. the Venus fly trap attracts insects by secretion of sweet nectar, springs shut in less than a tenth of a second, and it digests the prey thoroughly enough
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Re: Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 23:45
D it is : the Venus fly trap attracts insects by secretion of sweet nectar, springing shut in less than a tenth of a second and digesting the prey so thoroughly

please underline the question
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Re: Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 23:47
Can someone please explain why the Official answer is correct?
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Re: Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas [#permalink] New post 14 May 2014, 23:49
Apologies, I have underlined part of question now.
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Re: Native to the coastal swamps of the Carolinas [#permalink] New post 15 May 2014, 00:29
see why do i ask people to underline is because normally people on this forum do questions in a time limit and a non underlined question is a big waste of time !!
so here is the solution :
look at the non underlined portion --->" when its sealed stomach opens again ten days later.
now because we have "its" so we need a singular subject -----> eliminate A B C

E has two problems
firstly it breaks the parallelism
also u do not need parallelism in this case as "springing and digesting" are consequence of "attracts" .remember that parallelism is done only when two or more actions are of EQUAL importance .this is not the case here !!
because we are talking about the consequence so we need a modifier as is done in the correct answer

secondly it has not used the idiom "so X that Y" correctly
correct usage is "so X that Y" or ADJECTIVE ENOUGH (no THAT)

also note that i doubt if this question is from GMAC because Venus flytrap is the insect not
the Venus fly trap
if u leave a gap between "fly" and "trap" then different meaning can be construed !!
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