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# Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months

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Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months before giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves, a process that frees the mother from the stress of acquiring nutrition for both herself and her young ones.

A) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months before giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves, a process that frees
B) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months and give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process frees
C) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves and freeing
D) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process freeing
E) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months to give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves and to free

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11 Aug 2017, 00:18
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Of the answer options available, the sentence is best as is.(Option A)

A) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months before giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves, a process that frees
B) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months and give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process frees
C) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves and freeing - Change in meaning from the original sentence
D) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process freeing
E) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months to give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves and to free - Change in meaning from the original sentence
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11 Aug 2017, 02:13
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I picked up the option A - Is this the correct answer?
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Although A seems to be the best among the choices, this question is having a fundamental flaw. The use of the relative pronoun 'who' to refer to the young ones of the female pandas is highly dubious. Choice D and E, however, are worth looking at for bringing out the misplaced modification to the fore.

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Hope you guys got this one right! Feel free to post questions/thoughts. This question has also been included in the Modifier Mondays Revision Thread. Check back there next Monday for more questions!
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14 May 2018, 12:13
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A) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months before giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves, a process that frees
No errors according to me. Meaning is intact. CORRECT CHOICE

B) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months and give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process frees
Female pandas don't do two things i.e. gestate and give birth. INCORRECT

C) Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who start to feed themselves and freeing
The verb-ing modifier "freeing" seems to modify "female pandas". So the sentence means "female pandas free the mother from stress....." Doesnt make any sense. INCORRECT

D) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months, giving birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves, a process freeing
The gestation period gives birth to young ones? . INCORRECT

E) The gestation period of female pandas lasts only for 2 to 3 months to give birth to young ones who can start to feed themselves and to free
"The gestation period lasts only for 2 to 3 months to give birth" - Doesnt make any sense at all. INCORRECT
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24 May 2018, 08:10
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In option A, 'a process' can refer to the actions of previous clause...gestate, giving birth, feed on themselves.
I dropped A and chose E coz I thought it can refer to gestate or feed on themselves
How to make sure that it is referring to which action
Re: Female pandas gestate only for 2 to 3 months &nbs [#permalink] 24 May 2018, 08:10
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