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# A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may

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28 Jul 2017, 11:45
Martini wrote:
I get that answer B is correct, I wanted to understand why the comma is placed after and(and,) and not before it.

Hello Martini,

Let me present the sentence with Choice B:

A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, as a result, to make sense of speech.

Please note that the phrase as a result has been placed between two commas as it presents additional information that because some children may have difficulty in distinguishing discrete sounds and words, they may not be able to make sense of what is spoken.

If we were to remove the phrase as a result from the sentence, then the commas before as and after result would be removed too.

So, the comma after and does not belong to and.

Hope this helps.
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24 Nov 2017, 03:01
I am unable to understand how to identify from where the parallelism is starting. According to me it started from "distinguishing discrete..." (which is incorrect).Can anyone help me with problem
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I am unable to understand how to identify from where the parallelism is starting. According to me it started from "distinguishing discrete..." (which is incorrect).Can anyone help me with problem

I have rephrased the sentence in most concise way possible for me to do. Hope it gets the doubt about parallelism clear

A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk that it hampers the ability of some children
1) to distinguish discrete sounds and words
and
2) to make sense of speech as a result.

The phrase 'as a result' is a descriptive phrase for what follows it, much like the the "however" in the following example-
" I , however, don't feel that the plan will be a success. "
The "however" can be placed at the beginning as well, in exactly the same way as seen in the actual question - " as a result, to make sense of speech".
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A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make sense of speech.

(A) it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make - ability of is unidiomatic
(B) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, as a result, to make - Correct
(C) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, the result of this, they are unable to make - the result of this is not needed
(D) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words, and results in not making - The problem with "...results in not making sense" is that it doesn't specify who doesn't make sense of things. As a result, the sentence is inadvertently describing the general phenomenon of "not making sense of ...".
(E) as to hamper the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words, resulting in being unable to make - ability of is unidiomatic

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A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make sense of speech.

A. it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make
B. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, as a result, to make
C. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, the result of this, they are unable to make
D. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words, and results in not making
E. as to hamper the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words, resulting in being unable to make

A new controversy: The OA is said to be B. However, what does the pronoun 'it' stands for in B? It could be the 'study' or the 'pace', the two nouns available for the pronoun 'it' to refer to. However, both do not make much sense. After all, a study does not hamper anything nor can the 'pace', which simply means the rate of speed by itself, really hamper. It is the briskness of the pace that really hampers. All the same, the word briskness is conspicuously absent in the choice
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05 Dec 2017, 23:51
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A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make sense of speech.

(A) it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make
(B) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, as a result, to make
(C) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, the result of this, they are unable to make
(D) that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words, and results in not making
(E) as to hamper the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words, resulting in being unable to make

A) doesn't use [that]- faulty
C) use of they, secondly focus on the meaning. Root phrase of the sentence is [ Hampers the ability of children to do x...and to do ...Y]. Now notice sentence already has stated that chidlren are hampered by something there is no need to mention [unable] after that. it sort of becomes a double negative. Makes it illogical.

D) Similarly. Root phrase is [ Hampers the ability of children to X And Hampers the ability of children in NOT making sense ] ? .. When connected with root phrase [ NOT making sense] becomes illogical. Hence option D is wrong.

E- Use of being, use of the wrong idiom so as to.

Option B is correct.
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05 Dec 2017, 23:52
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A new study suggests that the conversational pace of everyday life may be so brisk it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make sense of speech.

A. it hampers the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words and, the result is, to make
B. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, as a result, to make
C. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words and, the result of this, they are unable to make
D. that it hampers the ability of some children to distinguish discrete sounds and words, and results in not making
E. as to hamper the ability of some children for distinguishing discrete sounds and words, resulting in being unable to make

A new controversy: The OA is said to be B. However, what does the pronoun 'it' stands for in B? It could be the 'study' or the 'pace', the two nouns available for the pronoun 'it' to refer to. However, both do not make much sense. After all, a study does not hamper anything nor can the 'pace', which simply means the rate of speed by itself, really hamper. It is the briskness of the pace that really hampers. All the same, the word briskness is conspicuously absent in the choice

Then same can be said about option C&D as well
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