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The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely related to whales and in fact include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is famous for its aggressive hunting pods.

A. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is
B. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing as big as 30 feet long and
C. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing up to 30 feet long and being
D. includes the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow as big as 30 feet long and is
E. includes the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and it is
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 03:05
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The fault that i find with the sentence is "grow to be". The fault is corrected by choices B and D. D is the most appropriate construction.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 10:41
Only B and D makes sense.
I pick D (it just sounds correct)

Can any gurus explain the grammatical error in B
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 16:08
I think I may be wrong, but in B, shouldn't "growing as big as 30 feet long" simply be "growing as big as 30 feet" (the long is redundant).
The same error crops up in D.
In C, there is a shift in tense.
The "it" in E is not needed.

So, I am going to go w/ A.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 17:58
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A. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is

(A) for me. 'it' in E is unclear as the antecedent for the pronoun is not clear
(D) as poor comparison between size and lenght
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 17:59
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touching a little more about (D)...

It'll only be a good comparison if the sentece said : "grow as long as 30 feet".

Big = size, not lenght.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 18:22
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The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely related to whales and in fact<< include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is >>famous for its aggressive hunting pods.

A. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is
B. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing as big as 30 feet long and
C. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing up to 30 feet long and being
D. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow as big as 30 feet long and is
E. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and it is


came down to A vs. D
picked A simply b/c it sounds better to my ear
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 18:51
I think "BIG" is ambiguous in D.
what is big? LONG, large, gargantuan, giant, colossal or what?

I choose A.

I might be wayward :wink:
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2004, 20:29
I choose A. I was in between A or D, but think about it.

A - the killer whale can grow to be 30 feet long and is famous for its....
D - the killer whale can grow as big as 30 feet long and is famous for its...

What sounds more correct to you? The "as big as" is redundant.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 09:16
The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely related to whales and in fact include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is famous for its aggressive hunting pods.

A. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is

B. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing as big as 30 feet long and

C. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing up to 30 feet long and being

D. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow as big
as 30 feet long and is

E. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and it is
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 10:27
D it is
in choice which can grow to be 30 feet long is incorrect

to be is the base form of verb is/was/were hence doesn't suit the context
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 11:22
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D it is
in choice which can grow to be 30 feet long is incorrect

to be is the base form of verb is/was/were hence doesn't suit the context


don't understand why D. grow as BIG as 30 fit LONG dont seem idiomatic.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 11:24
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My pick is A

D is wrong because you cann't say as big as 30feet long

big and long cannot compare
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 17:05
D

torn between D and A....although D has that big...long....thing, still go with D
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 17:24
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My pick is A

D is wrong because you cann't say as big as 30feet long

big and long cannot compare

Totally agree with A and above explanation. "grow to be" is fine
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 19:49
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(A) for me.


I now think (D) is right. Didn't read the second line at first.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 22:11
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My pick is A

D is wrong because you cann't say as big as 30feet long

big and long cannot compare

Totally agree with A and above explanation. "grow to be" is fine


I also go with D.

Is it sound to say "Killer Whale can grow to be 30 feet long"? i mean Killer Whale grow to be 30 ft not to be 31 ft ot 29 ft.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2005, 22:16
Well, I guess you guys are right. "grow to be" is grammatically fine but no in this context :?
ie grapes grow through the summer to be ripe in September
MA, you are right 8-)
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2005, 06:25
Paul wrote:
DLMD wrote:
My pick is A

D is wrong because you cann't say as big as 30feet long

big and long cannot compare

Totally agree with A and above explanation. "grow to be" is fine


Thanks. The OA is A.
sum up all explanation with my personal thought.

1. as big as 30 feet long is erronous usage.
2. in choice C, up to is wordy and needless.
3. grow to be is idiomatic.
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Re: The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely [#permalink] New post 29 Jan 2005, 12:43
Hmmm look at all those of us who switched from the right answer to the wrong one. :oops:
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