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A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.

(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm

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Originally posted by vannu on 05 Jun 2009, 09:10.
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vannu wrote:
A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.
(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm

I choose option D. We need to have parallelism between 2 adjectives. "gradual" is an adjective and so is "cataclysmic."
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01 Jan 2011, 08:25
(D)

(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm
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06 Jan 2011, 20:39
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Vannu,

tarek99 is right on here. "OR" is a classic parallelism marker. When you see that word, you should look for parallelism problems. Notice how "or" is used:

"Would you like to drink soda or tea?" --> The two nouns in parallel are "soda" and "tea." It would be incorrect to say "Would like to drink soda or drinking tea?"
"I am going to run or swim today." --> The two verbs in parallel are "run" and "swim." It would be incorrect to say "I am going running or to swim today."

In your example, the flood either one thing or another, so those two things need to be parallel.

Make sense?

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28 Dec 2011, 08:02
can someone pl explain whats wrong with E?
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29 Dec 2011, 01:36
nikhil007 wrote:
can someone pl explain whats wrong with E?

Firstly the parallelism. 2ndly look for Meaning in E. in X OR Y both X & Y should make sense together. Here it doesn't.
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18 Oct 2012, 18:16
vannu wrote:
A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.
(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm
(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic
(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm

'whether' is used when you have alternatives as in 'this or this'. 'if' is used when you have only one option. In the question above, since its about flood being gradual or not, we have to chose 'whether' instead of 'if.

Looking into option A, D and E -here comes the parallelism. A or B
So the answer is D - whether the flood was 'gradual' or 'cataclysmic'
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A little under a million years ago, the briny waters of the Baltic Sea began flooding into the cold North Atlantic: geologists are still debating whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm.

(A) whether the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm ==> Issue with parallelism

(B) if the flood was gradual or created a cataclysm ==> Issue with parallelism

(D) whether the flood was gradual or cataclysmic

(E) whether the flood was gradual or it created a cataclysm ==> Issue with parallelism
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17 Jul 2018, 19:49
Parallelism + Idiom

A is wrong because the things before and after ‘or’ are not parallel; i.e. “was gradual” and “created a cataclysm” are not parallel.
B is wrong because ‘whether’ is always better than ‘if’.
C uses an extra word ‘about’. We never debate ‘about’ something, we debate ‘over’ something.
E repeats the mistake in A.
D is the best choice.
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