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Caribou are wary animals with excellent hearing, so stalking

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13 Aug 2016, 06:43
anje29 wrote:

Hi ,
Please correct me if I am wrong . I read , and requires independent clause not just and .

Your understanding is correct. "AND" is a co-ordinating conjunction, which is used to join Independent clauses.

but you can also use AND to connect two things. if you have more than two things to connect with commas then use AND before the last thing.

As AND is used as parallel marker so if you say "I like eating,cooking" then it is wrong. you better write "I like eating AND cooking".

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13 Aug 2016, 07:10
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anje29 wrote:

Hi ,
Please correct me if I am wrong . I read , and requires independent clause not just and .

Your understanding is correct. "AND" is a co-ordinating conjunction, which is used to join Independent clauses.

but you can also use AND to connect two things. if you have more than two things to connect with commas then use AND before the last thing.

As AND is used as parallel marker so if you say "I like eating,cooking" then it is wrong. you better write "I like eating AND cooking".

Hope it helps

Thanks , I like eating , cooking is not wrong . You can find GMAT questions having this str. just saying

IMO "I like eating , cooking" is not correct.
like is verb. eating and cooking are its objects. there is not one object but two. so whenever you have two or more than two AND is necessary. otherwise how would you know your list has ended or not.
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22 Oct 2016, 13:45
The key to this sentence is you have to see that in the part of the sentence that is not underlined the subject wary animals goes with the verb are, so it must be plural. So you can eliminate a,d, and e because of the singular it. Choose b over c because it's the exact same as c, expect it's more concise.
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29 Jun 2017, 02:47
I feel that the answer is C. I'm not sure why 'to stalk' is more appropriate than stalking.
Plus in B, I feel that 'to stalk....and get' breaks the parellelism law. It should be 'to stalk.....to get'
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I feel that the answer is C. I'm not sure why 'to stalk' is more appropriate than stalking.
Plus in B, I feel that 'to stalk....and get' breaks the parellelism law. It should be 'to stalk.....to get'

I agree with you on the first part, rekhabishop: I'm not sure that there's a clear reason why "to stalk" is fundamentally better than "stalking." In general, I'd be fine with either one of those, and the difference between "to stalk" and "stalking" really isn't the deciding factor, anyway (unless we're worried about the parallelism -- more on that in a moment). The bigger issue is that the pronouns are wrong in A, D, and E, so we're left with two options that feature "to stalk."

But the parallelism is completely fine in B and C: "get" is parallel with "stalk", and there's no reason to repeat the word "to." It might not be wrong, exactly, if we repeated "to", but it certainly isn't necessary.

And even if you want the sentence to say "to get", that's not an option, so it isn't something you should worry about. What's the only difference between B and C? Just a couple of extra, unnecessary words ("in order") in C. So B must be the correct answer.

I hope this helps!

Thank You! Makes more sense, now. However, just out of curiosity, is it a legit question? I mean, per GMAT standard, are the options really that close?
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However, just out of curiosity, is it a legit question? I mean, per GMAT standard, are the options really that close?

Sadly... yeah, it's a legit question. Actually a retired official exam question. Most of the time, the difference between right and wrong answers is more substantial than just a couple of extra words, but questions like these are definitely fair game.
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18 Nov 2017, 22:28
Caribou are wary animals with excellent hearing, so stalking them over the treeless landscape, getting close enough to kill it with nothing but a handheld lance, as Dorset people did, required exceptional hunting skill.

(A) so stalking them over the treeless landscape, getting close enough to kill it -- usage of it is incorrect as Caribou are wary animals --
(B) so to stalk them over the treeless landscape and get close enough to kill one - Correct
(C) so in order to stalk them over the treeless landscape and get close enough to kill one -- in order to is unnecessary
(D) and so in order to stalk it over the treeless landscape, getting close enough to kill it -- same as A
(E) and so stalking them over the treeless landscape and getting close enough in order to kill it -- same as A

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I am not sure if anyone noticed, but don't we need a ";" after the independent clause - "Caribou are wary animals with excellent hearing," ?
Is comma sufficient to join two independent clauses?
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I am not sure if anyone noticed, but don't we need a ";" after the independent clause - "Caribou are wary animals with excellent hearing," ?
Is comma sufficient to join two independent clauses?

If you stick a conjunction ("and", "so", "although", etc.) in front of an independent clause, the clause then becomes dependent. So there's no problem here at all: "caribou are wary animals with excellent hearing" is the independent clause, and the following clause -- beginning with "and" or "so" -- is dependent. A comma is no problem in this situation, and a semicolon would be incorrect.

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