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Although trained in Sweden, the renowned doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.

(A) grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did

(B) has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did

(C) having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done

(D) growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing

(E) growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did

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In this type of parallelism/sentence construction problem, you need to isolate what structures need to be parallel. To start, you need to use the participial structure (growing or having grown) - what follows the word “Africa” is helping us understand better how she spent most of her life on the continent.

These are not separate things – she did not spend most of her life in Africa, AND grew up in Kenya, AND attended prep school in Namibia…these are just modifiers to help you understand how she has spent most of her life in Africa. Also, there is an illogical mixing of the simple past and present perfect tenses in series that follows.

(C) contains a bungled series – you cannot say “having grown, attended, and having done”. It would have to be “having grown, attended, and done” or “having grown, having attended, and having done.”

(D) uses the proper “ing” participial structure and is perfectly parallel: “growing…attending…and doing”.

(E) has another bungled series: “growing, attending, and she did”.

Correct answer is (D).
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New post 11 Jun 2015, 21:31
Hi,

Agree with Katzz..

"Growing" righlty modifies the preceeding clause and then g"rowing,attending,doing..." all look parallel.

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I think it should be D because it seems the author wants to explain the "spent in Africa" rather than listing some parallel activities with spent.
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What's wrong with d? Can someone pls explain


Really sorry buddy. Din't realize that I had published the wrong OA. D is the answer indeed.
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Agree with Katzz..

"Growing" righlty modifies the preceeding clause and then g"rowing,attending,doing..." all look parallel.

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Really sorry there. Din't realize that I had published the wrong OA. D is the answer. Made the correction.
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I think it should be D because it seems the author wants to explain the "spent in Africa" rather than listing some parallel activities with spent.


Really sorry. Din't realize that I had published the wrong OA. D is the answer. Made the correction.
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Why A is wrong? Why should be used growing?
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Per the meaning of the sentence - all the verbs can't be at the same level (even though they seem parallel grammatically). This situation brings the meaning into picture. According to the sentence, the renowed actor, though she trained in Sweden, she has spent most of her life in africa - How?

This bit is represented by verbing forms after the clause, highlighting extra information. (All the verbing forms are parallel in D)
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Why A is wrong? Why should be used growing?

Hi laraterra, clearly the confusion arose between option A & D :roll:

Let's read the sentence with option A

"The doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya ...., attended prep school in Namibia, and did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe."

The author intends to explain "most of her life" in subsequent portion. Thus participle structure [growing / having grown] is better to help us understand how she spent in Africa rather than just listing series of activities in simple past. Here sequence of tense also contradicts between present perfect and simple past.

Furthermore, meaning of the sentence demands "verb+ing" modifier for mentioning the additional information of how he spent life in Africa. Thus growing...., attending.... & doing.... serves the purpose.

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Though D is correct choice, I think this question is not good..
It expects you to know that Kenya, Namibia, Congo and Zimbabwe are in Africa. If someone does not know that these countries are in Africa, then it is impossible to choose the answer choice D.
And even if someone knows that these countries are in Africa, they may totally forget while solving the question-- which happened in my case!!! I ended up choosing C instead of D for the mentioned reason... :roll: :roll: :roll:
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Although trained in Sweden, the renowned doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.

A. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did

B. has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did

C. having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done

D. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing

E. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did


A. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did- not parallel to has spent.Also here the meaning changes.It appears all are a part of a single list.The meaning is doctor has spent most of her life...,HOW? growing up...,attending..... and doing...

B. has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
Changes meaning and also "did" is not parallel
C. having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done --Awkward

D. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing

E. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did -- "did" is not parallel[/quote]
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Although trained in Sweden, the renowned doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.
The three elements that are parallel in this sentence:
1. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children
2. attended prep school in Namibia
3. did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.
Modifier: after college and medical school in Sweden
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(A) grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
The parallelism here is fine, but meaning isn't properly conveyed. The author wants to convey that how the doctor has spent here life in Africa. So the past participles won't work here.

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(B) has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
The verb tense is an issue here. Three elements to be parallel are in "Present Perfect", "Present Perfect" and "Past". Also it doesn't convey the intended meaning.

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(C) having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done
Similar to B, parallelism is an issue.

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(D) growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing
The elements are parallel to each other.
All the three parallel phrases act as adjectival modifier, which is modifying the "renowned doctor"
Apart from parallelism, this is correct because the sentence basically tells that how the doctor spent her life in Africa, hence verb+ing.
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(E) growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did
Similar to B and C, parallelism is an issue.
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