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# Advanced SC: The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff

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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 cowed by the peformance, will fall over and play dead.

(A) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but, having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

(B) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

(C) 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

(D) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

(E) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
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30 Sep 2007, 20:50
I too chose E but I know why it is wrong

In E

broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes

looks like "feigning repeated strikes" is modifying "broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does" which is not

It is a parallel action so a conjunction "and" would be good as in choice C
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30 Sep 2007, 21:03

makes sense..!
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30 Sep 2007, 21:08
we need -ing form here to have the elements in parallel form.
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30 Sep 2007, 21:22
trivikram wrote:
we need -ing form here to have the elements in parallel form.

Could you please explain in more detail. Thanks.
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13 Oct 2008, 06:32
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.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

C 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

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
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13 Oct 2008, 09:11
Needs to be parrallel eliminate A, B and D

Leaves C, E. Don't really like either of them. But I would have to go with C.

E, Creates a list including "hissing...broadening...feignings....will fall over and play dead," which would not be parralell. So the list needs to stop after "feining," you can do that by placing an "and" between "does....feigning". Then treating the final clause as a stand along descriptor of the snake.
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13 Oct 2008, 09:18
C for me

but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom.....

need the "it"
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14 Oct 2008, 23:55
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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.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

C 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

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

OA is unknown !! i saw this question in MGMAT questions!!

I will go with "B"
I feel the question is based on the concept of list "broadens" is parrallel with "puts"
and then between "A" and "B" i selected "B" because "having" in "A" is wrong..
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15 Oct 2008, 02:53
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i'll go with B, it makes broadens, feigns parallel to puts
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15 Oct 2008, 08:45
Read the explanations. It's pretty clear that the answer is C (I went with B as well).
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15 Oct 2008, 09:08
From the grammar standpoint, I think all are incorrect but the best of the rot is C.
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21 Oct 2008, 19:31

Yes rightly even i found this the best !!!
actually the logic is X puts impressio by A-ing,B-ing and C-ings

the and used above is present only in C .....
thanks for all the posts !!!
this has helped a lots
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23 Oct 2008, 03:25
I saw this in GMATPrep and OA is indeed C.

broadening and feigning are ||el to hissing. Also the clause with but follows its own ||elism
has no dangerous fangs and no venom both are nouns.
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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.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,
B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,
C 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
D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

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C
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07 Jun 2010, 19:10
What is the source? What is OA?

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,
subordinate fragment

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,
Not parallel

C 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
Correct

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
Not parallel

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
subordinate fragment
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Between C, D and E

The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom -- better

The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff but with no dangerous fangs and no venom - change of meaning. "with" changes the sentence
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15 Jun 2010, 17:08
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.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom, - not parallel with "hissing"

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, - not parallel with "hissing"

C 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 - correct

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and - not parallel with "hissing"

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and - missing "and" before feigning
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15 Jun 2010, 17:34
fabulous question --- it is testing quite a few concepts. can you pls tell me the source? is it a real gmat question?
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