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OG13, Q 26

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Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 590 Q48 V23
GPA: 3.9
WE: Operations (Manufacturing)
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OG13, Q 26 [#permalink] New post 25 Oct 2013, 08:46
Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest
ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date,
and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and
mango trees: and indirectly help produce tequila by
pollinating agave plants.
(A) pollinating banana, breadfruit* and mango trees;
and indirectly help produce
(B) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees;
and indirectly helping to produce
(C) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees;
and they indirectly help to produce
(D) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango
trees; and indirectly help producing
(E) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango
trees; indirectly helping the producing of

Hello experts, please opine on my analysis:

Option A: aiding in / pollinating is not parallel with indirectly.....
so incorrect
Option B : contender, looks fine
Option C: parallelism error as in A, after semicolon it should be independent clause, so incorrect
Option D E: semicolon is not followed by Independent Clause.

Hence B is correct.

My doubt is, is it necessary always to spot meaning errors first?
In this question I could not locate any meaning error. Also "if we are able to spot some grammar rules error easily, is it still necessary to go back and start elimination as per intended meaning of original question ?"
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Re: OG13, Q 26 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 11:30
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5553
Hi there,

Thanks for posting your query here, as requested!

Yes, we recommend that you identify errors before eliminating answer choices. In this case, your reason for eliminating option A is not entirely accurate; this choice is not wrong because of the adverb ‘indirectly’. This word is just a modifier for the verb ‘help’. Here, option A is wrong because ‘help’ should be ‘helping’ in order to be parallel to ‘aiding’ and ‘pollinating’.

Secondly, when you say that there should be an independent clause after a semicolon, note that this rule applies only when a semicolon is used to separate independent clauses. In this sentence, this is not the function of the semicolons. It is being used to separate the parallel items: that is, the items are listed as ‘X; Y; and Z’. In such a context, the items separated by the semicolon do not need to be independent clauses. A useful way to find out the function of the semicolon is that if there are multiple semicolons in a sentence, they are usually used to separate items on a list, whereas a single semicolon usually separates two independent clauses. However, it is always safest to be sure of the meaning and to complete your error analysis before you start eliminating options, so that you don’t accidentally eliminate the correct answer.

I hope this helps! :-)

Regards,
Meghna
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Joined: 07 Apr 2012
Posts: 128
Location: United States
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Operations
Schools: ISB '15
GMAT 1: 590 Q48 V23
GPA: 3.9
WE: Operations (Manufacturing)
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 7 [0], given: 45

Re: OG13, Q 26 [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2013, 20:28
egmat wrote:
5553
Hi there,

Thanks for posting your query here, as requested!

Yes, we recommend that you identify errors before eliminating answer choices. In this case, your reason for eliminating option A is not entirely accurate; this choice is not wrong because of the adverb ‘indirectly’. This word is just a modifier for the verb ‘help’. Here, option A is wrong because ‘help’ should be ‘helping’ in order to be parallel to ‘aiding’ and ‘pollinating’.

Secondly, when you say that there should be an independent clause after a semicolon, note that this rule applies only when a semicolon is used to separate independent clauses. In this sentence, this is not the function of the semicolons. It is being used to separate the parallel items: that is, the items are listed as ‘X; Y; and Z’. In such a context, the items separated by the semicolon do not need to be independent clauses. A useful way to find out the function of the semicolon is that if there are multiple semicolons in a sentence, they are usually used to separate items on a list, whereas a single semicolon usually separates two independent clauses. However, it is always safest to be sure of the meaning and to complete your error analysis before you start eliminating options, so that you don’t accidentally eliminate the correct answer.

I hope this helps! :-)

Regards,
Meghna


Thanks:)
Re: OG13, Q 26   [#permalink] 30 Oct 2013, 20:28
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