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Re: A wild American alligator grows to about 10 feet long, but one kept as [#permalink]
My answer is (A). It took me 01:12.

(B) In a list "X, Y, and Z", "and" cannot be omitted. It is true that omitting "and" can be a well-established rhetorical device, but I think that GMAT subscribes to the more prosaic writing style.

(C) "that" cannot be used after comma. Use "which" instead.

(D) For parallelism, use " and preventing".
Even in the unlikely event that "only to" is correct, there should be "and" between "stunting the development of the alligator’s jaw" and ”exacerbating the premature loss of teeth“。

(E) See (B).
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Re: A wild American alligator grows to about 10 feet long, but one kept as [#permalink]
A wild American alligator grows to about 10 feet long, but one kept as a pet can suffer from cramped housing, which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, and prevents those teeth from growing back at the proper angles.

Slash & burn:

An alligator kept as a pet can suffer from cramped housing, which stunts X, exacerbates Y, and prevents Z.

All the verbs in the modifier is parallel (stunts, exacerbates, prevents). 'which' correctly modifies the "cramped housing".
Original sentence is correct, let's eliminate the other choices.

A) which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, and prevents those teeth from growing back
The correct choice is A with no error noticed.


B) which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, prevented from growing back
prevented is not parallel with the other verbs in the list and the list is missing conjunction, 'and'. Eliminate


C) that stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, only to prevent them from growing back
participle 'exacerbating' is not parallel to 'stunts'. Eliminate


D) stunting the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, only to prevent them from growing back
'only to prevent' is not parallel to other items in the list (stunting, exacerbating). Eliminate

E) stunting the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, preventing them from growing back
-ing modifiers are supposed to modify the verb, 'can suffer'. Here the modifiers are far away and misplaced. Eliminate
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Re: A wild American alligator grows to about 10 feet long, but one kept as [#permalink]
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A wild American alligator grows to about 10 feet long, but one kept as a pet can suffer from cramped housing, which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, and prevents those teeth from growing back at the proper angles.


A) which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, and prevents those teeth from growing back

B) which stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbates the premature loss of teeth, prevented from growing back

C) that stunts the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, only to prevent them from growing back

D) stunting the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, only to prevent them from growing back

E) stunting the development of the alligator’s jaw, exacerbating the premature loss of teeth, preventing them from growing back


What's the main point of this sentense? It talks about cramped housing that 1) staunts the development of jaw; 2) exacerbates the loss of teeth and 3) prevents those teeth from growing back. Lets look at answer choices
A. Looks good. Parellism is correct
B. Subject-verb problem
C. Same as B'
D. Subject-verb again
E. Verb is missing after after comma

Hence A is a correct choice
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