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Proponents of the theory of spontaneous generation argued that an organic body sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life almost independently.
(A) sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life
(B) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction and came to life
(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life
(D) sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but
(E) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but had come to life

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09 Jan 2005, 08:45
C here. the original sentence missuses the negation. should be - did not X but Y.
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09 Jan 2005, 14:10
Well, if that is the case then I am clear.
However, Kaplan 800, which this question came from, says that "sprang" should not be used in (A). They compares "sprang" with "brang" for "bring". The word "brang" is not in the dictionary. I don't understand this because "sprang" is actually in the dictionary.
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09 Jan 2005, 20:33
i can see what you're saying.

spring-sprang-sprung
bring-brought-brought

there is no such thing as brang. that's why you can't use sprang, which is the past tense form of spring. hope that makes it clear
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10 Jan 2005, 07:54
Why not?
Kaplan 800's explaination never convinced me.
Look:
http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=sprang

It is in the dictionary.
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10 Jan 2005, 08:11
for A to be correct, this structure has to be observed.

"sprand to life not through.... but through some xyz"

C is the correct answer.
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10 Jan 2005, 10:16
Kayser's explanation about the idiom 'did not X but Y' makes sense.

I am not convinced with Kaplan's explanation either about 'sprang'
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03 Jan 2012, 08:03
Proponents of the theory of spontaneous generation argued that an organic body sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life almost independently.
(A) sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life
(B) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction and came to life
(C) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but came to life --Tense is changing without any reason.
(D) sprang to life not through a recognizable system of reproduction but through a
(E) did not spring to life through a recognizable system of reproduction but had come to life

Guys C has tence error and hence cannpt be the OA; the OA is D.
A & D are grammatically correct but D is preferable for A uses redundant"came to life"

we should look for not through a....but through a....
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03 Jan 2012, 09:46
@syedSan
Can you explain a bit more. in C Both clauses are using past tense. What tenses are you referring to? D is only making sense when you are adding "through a" at the end, which is missing in the original post. In that case the original post is incorrect.
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