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All-terrain vehicles have allowed vacationers to reach many previously inaccessible areas, but they have also been blamed for causing hundreds of deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging the nation's recreational areas.

(A) deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging
(B) deaths and injuring thousands, and serious damage to
(C) deaths, thousands who are injured, as well as seriously damaging
(D) deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as doing serious damage to
(E) deaths, thousands are injured, and they do serious damage to
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03 Jul 2003, 07:10
ummm.. a difficult one for me...

I vote A...

Maybe wrong...
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03 Jul 2003, 12:01
The official answer is D, but it is slightly clumsy:

All-terrain vehicles have allowed vacationers to reach many previously inaccessible areas, but they have also been blamed FOR causing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as FOR doing serious damage to the nation's recreational areas.

the second FOR is lost.
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07 Jul 2003, 03:03
Aggred that leaving the "for" outside the parallism can be a little awkward but it is "legal" grammar nonetheless.

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11 Jun 2010, 07:28
A further point strengthening D comes from parallelism: by removing the comma between deaths and injuries deaths and injuries are directly linked to causING which interacts perfectly with doING.

Otherwise we would need something ala "injurING thousands"

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11 Jun 2010, 08:03
Hey stolyar

There is ellipsis here.
blamed for causing X and Y, as well as (for) doing Z.
the first for appears in the sentence not the second for.

D is the best.
blamed for causing deaths and thousands of injuries
blamed for doing serious damage to the nation's recreational areas.

stolyar wrote:
The official answer is D, but it is slightly clumsy:

All-terrain vehicles have allowed vacationers to reach many previously inaccessible areas, but they have also been blamed FOR causing hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as FOR doing serious damage to the nation's recreational areas.

the second FOR is lost.

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19 Jun 2010, 14:54
I narrowed to A and D.

Though I understand the parallelism in D I think "seriously damaging" in (A) is better than "doing serious damage to" in (D). Hence picked (A).

Can someone explain the reasoning behind chosing D and not A.

All-terrain vehicles have allowed vacationers to reach many previously inaccessible areas, but they have also been blamed for causing hundreds of deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging the nation's recreational areas.

(A) deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging
(B) deaths and injuring thousands, and serious damage to
(C) deaths, thousands who are injured, as well as seriously damaging
(D) deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as doing serious damage to
(E) deaths, thousands are injured, and they do serious damage to
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20 Jun 2010, 01:52
seekmba wrote:
I narrowed to A and D.

Though I understand the parallelism in D I think "seriously damaging" in (A) is better than "doing serious damage to" in (D). Hence picked (A).

Can someone explain the reasoning behind chosing D and not A.

All-terrain vehicles have allowed vacationers to reach many previously inaccessible areas, but they have also been blamed for causing hundreds of deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging the nation's recreational areas.

(A) deaths, injury to thousands, and seriously damaging
(B) deaths and injuring thousands, and serious damage to
(C) deaths, thousands who are injured, as well as seriously damaging
(D) deaths and thousands of injuries, as well as doing serious damage to
(E) deaths, thousands are injured, and they do serious damage to

Hi ..
The only reason is parallelism ..if you go by A then sentence will have 3 parts
1.. Causing deaths ,
2 injury to thousands
3..seriously damaging ..
if we look at above 3 parts and choose option A , then 1 and 3 would be parallel but not 2 ..(injury to ...)

but if we take D then we have 2 parts
1. CAUSING deaths and thousands of injuries ( so causing is joined with deaths and injuries by AND )
2. doing serious damage ...
So causing and doing are parallel here...in option D and thus D is better than A..
hope this helps

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20 Jun 2010, 02:41
To attain parallelism, we have to opt for D. No other choices are proper for the same.
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