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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls
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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 06:50
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I don't agree with the OA.
What's the problem with C in which it is stated that the beetle feeds on decaying flesh and pulls with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.
Any idea where I am going wrong.
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls


C means to convey the meaning that feeding on the decaying flesh and pulling with its mouthparts are different events. Whereas, the "pulling with the mouthparts" part is actually modifying the clause "feed on decaying flesh". That is, it is explaining how it feeds.

I think you would be able to appreciate the difference between:

He crossed the finish line, limping on one leg. and (He was limping while crossing the finish line)
He crossed the finish line and limped on one leg. (He limped after crossing the finish line)

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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 07:59
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C means to convey the meaning that feeding on the decaying flesh and pulling with its mouthparts are different events. Whereas, the "pulling with the mouthparts" part is actually modifying the clause "feed on decaying flesh". That is, it is explaining how it feeds.

I think you would be able to appreciate the difference between:

He crossed the finish line, limping on one leg. and (He was limping while crossing the finish line)
He crossed the finish line and limped on one leg. (He limped after crossing the finish line)

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Yep, actually, choice D is preferable over C as MacFauz said. Pulling.. is the modifier of the action feed on the decaying flesh.
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

Meaning Analysis: The curators use dermestid beetles in the preparation of animal skeletons for display because these beetles feed on flesh and by doing so, they pull the fat out of the bone.

Error Analysis: Notice this phrase in the non-underlined portion of the sentence – “…with its mouthparts…”. Singular pronoun “its” does not agree in number with its plural antecedent “dermestid beetles”. Hence, this antecedent must be changed to singular.

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A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull: Incorrect.
1. Same pronoun antecedent number agreement error.
2. The unintentional parallelism between “feed” and “pull” now separates these two activities as independent. It fails to connect the pulling with feeding.

C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls: Incorrect. Same parallelism error as in choice B.

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling: Correct.

E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls: Incorrect.
1. Same parallelism error as in Choice B.
2. Pronoun “it” is not needed.

Hope this helps. :)
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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 08:29
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls


is there any problem with A itself??
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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 08:33
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls


is there any problem with A itself??


A & B are both wrong for using the plural. "with its mouthparts" is in singular form and hence "the dermistid beetle" is correct

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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 08:48
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls


C means to convey the meaning that feeding on the decaying flesh and pulling with its mouthparts are different events. Whereas, the "pulling with the mouthparts" part is actually modifying the clause "feed on decaying flesh". That is, it is explaining how it feeds.

I think you would be able to appreciate the difference between:

He crossed the finish line, limping on one leg. and (He was limping while crossing the finish line)
He crossed the finish line and limped on one leg. (He limped after crossing the finish line)

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What I feel is that feeding on flesh and pulling to strip the bone are two independent things. The words "any residual" at the end is forcing me to think this way. The "any residual" is sufficient to strengthen my point that though beetle feeds on decaying flesh but it also pulls to strip the bone of any residual fat.
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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 09:08
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls


C means to convey the meaning that feeding on the decaying flesh and pulling with its mouthparts are different events. Whereas, the "pulling with the mouthparts" part is actually modifying the clause "feed on decaying flesh". That is, it is explaining how it feeds.

I think you would be able to appreciate the difference between:

He crossed the finish line, limping on one leg. and (He was limping while crossing the finish line)
He crossed the finish line and limped on one leg. (He limped after crossing the finish line)

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What I feel is that feeding on flesh and pulling to strip the bone are two independent things. The words "any residual" at the end is forcing me to think this way. The "any residual" is sufficient to strengthen my point that though beetle feeds on decaying flesh but it also pulls to strip the bone of any residual fat.


That would change the meaning of the original sentence. Unless there is no option which is grammatically correct and does not change the meaning, we always want to stick to what the original sentence means to say.
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Re: Used by many natural [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 09:33
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Let’s reason it out if feeding and pulling are two independent activities done by the beetles. The beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal dead bodies. They pull out any residual fat or muscle tissue left on the bone from their mouthparts. And why do they pull any residual fat? They do so to feed themselves. This is how they eat. If the beetles are not hungry, they will not nibble on the body. So the verb-ing modifier “pulling” is telling us how these beetles feed themselves. Hence both these activities are related in that “pulling” is explaining how the beetles eat.

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