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The caterpillar of the geometrid moth strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, after capturing its prey, holds the victim so that it cannot escape.
(A) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(B) striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, but
(C) which strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(D) which, striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(E) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and,
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(A) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(B) striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, but
(C) which strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(D) which, striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(E) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and,

We need to use strikes as subject is singular.
rule out B and D (not striking as action is not continuous)

use of which is not necessary, rule out C

Between A and E, read the sentences and follow its structure. A is awkward and it should be E, for the use of 'and' at the end.
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10 Jun 2006, 09:53
(E) satisfies Parallel construction

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11 Jun 2006, 20:09
Learn wrote:
The caterpillar of the geometrid moth strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, after capturing its prey, holds the victim so that it cannot escape.
(A) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(B) striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, but
(C) which strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(D) which, striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(E) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and,

It's E.

Note the ||ism.

The caterpillar of the geometrid moth strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and, after capturing its prey, holds the victim so that it cannot escape.

Here "and," is required to connect the second clause from first.

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11 Jun 2006, 20:29
straight 'E' .

we don't need the relative pronoun 'which' after moth because the statement The caterpillat of the ...moth is not a independent clause with a verb, in other words it needs a proper verb to support itself.

Which leaves with option 'A' 'B' & 'E'

'B' - is out because striking is not correct because we are talking about facts or generic behaviour and not describing any specific action or event.
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12 Jun 2006, 14:59
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The caterpillar of the geometrid moth strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, after capturing its prey, holds the victim so that it cannot escape.
(A) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(B) striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed, but
(C) which strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(D) which, striking when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed,
(E) strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and,

>> A is out because we have two verbs in a sentence and this is wrong !!!

>> B is out because the part before "but" is not a sentence but only the subject. So the sentence costruction is not parallel.

>> C is out. The case here is not non restrictive clause. We don't need "which"

>> D is out. Here we have only a phrase -the subject- . Where is the verb ??

>> E satnds and it is parallel :

The caterpillar of the geometrid moth strikes when special tactile hairs on its body are disturbed and after capturing its prey, holds the victim so that it cannot escape.
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