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Re: The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and [#permalink] New post 24 Dec 2013, 08:16
But can the "it" in option C refer to Cobra?
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Re: The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2015, 10:56
Can someone please explain how "it" refers to hognose snake and not king cobra?
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The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2015, 11:52
Once you realize that all of the verbs need to be gerunds in order to remain parallel, the final step is to validate whether you need the pronoun "it" in the final portion of the sentence. In order to help you determine the necessity of "it," cross out all of the stuff in the middle so you are only left with:

The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and eventually, if its pursuer is not cowered by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

This sentence does not make sense in any case (D/E) without the word "it." Ans C is clear
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Re: The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and [#permalink] New post 11 Oct 2015, 21:42
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1) The "3 item list" that begins with the verb "hissing....": so the other 2 items in the list have to have the same "format" (-ing verbs). Here, the verbs "broadening..." and "feigning...." are necessary.

2) The word "but" introduces a new clause to the sentence, and that clause does not need to follow the same parallelism in the list.
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Re: The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2015, 08:06
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The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowered by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

- broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,
- broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,
- broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
- broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
- broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and


The question has been discussed many times, but one point is unclear for me:
MGMAT instructor said that the meaning of the sentence clearly indicates that the forms of broaden and feign should be parallel to "hissing and rearing", since all of those things are actions that occur during the "impressive bluff". But why? How these 2 words define parallelism? For me, these 2 words should be paralleled to each other, without influencing other words, which have their own parallelism story... And it's way better to say broadens... So, for me structure in B is preferrable... Please anybody explain.


Thanks!


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A, B out = Looking at the structure, "broadens" should be used as a participle modifying "impressive bluff"
C = Hold on
D out = "broadening " and "feigns " should be parallel, as they are both modifying the same action
E out = need "and" before "feigning repeated strikes", as this changes the meaning. (modifier wise)

So C
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