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Arctic terns, being true long-distance migrants

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Arctic terns, being true long-distance migrants, they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe but fly south for thousands of miles to spend the European winters in Antarctica

A. Arctic terns, being true long distance migrants , they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
B. Arctic terns are true long distance migrants, nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
C. Being that they are true long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
D. Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants
E. True long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe

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A. Arctic terns, being true long distance migrants , they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe Containing two subjects - Arctic terns and they - is not grammatically correct.
B. Arctic terns are true long distance migrants, nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe Two predicates are not parallel - nesting...and fly...; furthermore, by making the modifier the predicate, the sentence no longer has the same meaning and is somewhat illogical because of the "but" conjunction
C. Being that they are true long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe "Being that they are" is redundant
D. Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants The predicate is illogical because of the "but" conjunction
E. True long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe OK - A possible trap is that the sentence is inverted.
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GOOD question.

At first I chose D and then when I saw the OA, I realized I was wrong. I just felt it was not right about the modify in E. Personally I'm not a native speaker.

However,D is wrong because the predicate isn't parallel. Thxs mejia401.
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Arctic terns, being true long-distance migrants, they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe but fly south for thousands of miles to spend the European winters in Antarctica

The basic parallelism we need to search here for correct option is using the keyword in the non-underlined part, i.e. fly
Contenders : (A),(C) & (E).
PoE :
(A) : pronoun "they" is placed far away from "Arctic terns" to which it is referring. Also, the use of "being" is awkward here.
(C) : Although the modifier is placed at correct position, "Being that they are" is wordy construction.
(E) : Proper usage of modifier and follows parallelism (nest ... fly)

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Arctic terns, being true long-distance migrants, they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe but fly south for thousands of miles to spend the European winters in Antarctica

A. Arctic terns, being true long distance migrants , they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
B. Arctic terns are true long distance migrants, nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
C. Being that they are true long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
D. Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants
E. True long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe


"but" show a contract. only "nest " and "fly" can be in this contrast and E is correct logically. in D, "are" can not be in contrast with "fly" and so is not logic.
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Arctic terns, being true long-distance migrants, they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe but fly south for thousands of miles to spend the European winters in Antarctica


A. Arctic terns, being true long distance migrants , they nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
B. Arctic terns are true long distance migrants, nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
C. Being that they are true long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
D. Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants
E. True long distance migrants, arctic terns nest in coastal wetlands of northern Europe
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D. Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants

(D) has a major meaning issue

Nesting in coastal wetlands of northern Europe, arctic terns are true long distant migrants but fly south for thousands of miles to spend the European winters in Antarctica

If artic terns are true long distant migrants and "fly south for thousands of miles" represents long distance, then "but" is illogical. There is no need for a contrast.

In my opinion, this is why (D) is wrong, "Nesting ..." is a modifier describing artic terns.
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