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Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human has a skull that is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," rather it is a series of body plates joined together by anatomical lines known as sutures.


A. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human has a skull that is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," rather it is

B. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is neither an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but it is

C. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing or does it have "soft spots," but rather

D. Although soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but rather

E. Although being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but

Originally posted by annusngh on 25 Apr 2017, 11:26.
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Somebody ready to help distinguish btw D. and E.?
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AlexGmat2017 wrote:
Somebody ready to help distinguish btw D. and E.?


being is awkward and redundant....but rather together is redundant in D
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How can the OA be D? Isn't "but" and "rather" redundant?
Moreover can we use FANBOYS (but) with a subordinate conjunction (Although), in one sentence?
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How can the OA be D? Isn't "but" and "rather" redundant?
Moreover can we use FANBOYS (but) with a subordinate conjunction (Although), in one sentence?


"But" and "rather" can be used together - the contrast is emphasized when "but rather" is used.

Here "although" and "but" are NOT related to each other - "But" is related to "Not" ( idiom: Not X, But Y: X = an unbroken casing with "soft spots", Y = a series of body plates).
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Why option A is incorrect ,I was confused between A and D
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Why option A is incorrect ,I was confused between A and D
Apart from being a little awkward (its being), option A puts a newborn human right after the comma.

Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human has a skull...

This makes it sound as if a newborn human is soft enough to grow, which is not the intended meaning. Take a look at the correct option:

Although soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull...

This is much clearer. :)
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Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human has a skull that is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," rather it is a series of body plates joined together by anatomical lines known as sutures.


A. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human has a skull that is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," rather it is

B. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is neither an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but it is

C. Despite its being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing or does it have "soft spots," but rather

D. Although soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but rather

E. Although being soft enough to grow, a newborn human's skull is not an unbroken casing with "soft spots," but


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Creating a filter: in the original sentence, the phrase "despite its being soft enough to grow" grammatically modifies "human," and that's not the intended meaning. The skull of the newborn is what's soft, according to the intended meaning. We eliminate (A) and go straight to the other answer choices to eliminate others with modification errors.

Applying the filter: as it turns out, (B) through (E) are all free of the error in (A). So we'll move straight to finding defects in the other choices.

Finding objective defects: choices (B) and (C) use the gerund unnecessarily in the phrase "despite being," so we focus on (D) and (E), which end differently. The phrase "but rather" is clear in this case, in which we are saying the baby's skull is not one thing, but rather another. Since the word "but" alone can mean different things, we prefer to use "but rather" when relevant for clear meaning, though it's not an absolute requirement. Choice (E) is scarcely flawed, but (D) is objectively clearer and still succinct.

The correct answer is (D).
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