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First discovered more than 30 years ago, Lina's sunbird, a four-and-a-half-inch animal found in the Philippines and that resembles a hummingbird, has shimmering metallic colors on its head; a brilliant orange patch, bordered with red tufts, in the center of its breast; and a red eye.

A. found in the Philippines and that resembles
B. found in the Philippines and that, resembling
C. found in the Philippines and resembling
D. that is found in the Philippines and it resembles
E. that is found in the Philippines, resembling
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First discovered more than 30 years ago, Lina's sunbird, a four-and-a-half-inch animal found in the Philippines and that resembles a hummingbird, has shimmering metallic colors on its head; a brilliant orange patch, bordered with red tufts, in the center of its breast; and a red eye.

A. found in the Philippines and that resembles - That is required before 'found' to maintain parallelism. Moreover, Past participle is made parallel with clause.
B. found in the Philippines and that, resembling - There is no verb for Lina's sunbird. 'Resembling' seems to modify the act of 'discovery'.
C. found in the Philippines and resembling - Correct.
D. that is found in the Philippines and it resembles - 'It' must be 'That'
E. that is found in the Philippines, resembling[/quote] - 'resembling' seems to modify the act of 'found'. Found must acts as past participle or verb-ed modifier. Parallelism should be there.

Correct me if I am wrong in my reasoning.

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Found and resembling are modifiers and parallel..(participles)

IMO C
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This is a straight parallelism issue. Choice C provides the most concise answer.

Found and resembling and parallel are the correct answer. Eliminate D as that and it aren't parallel. Eliminate E as its unclear what resembling is modifying. A and B have an extra and unnecessary "that" in the sentence.

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First discovered more than 30 years ago, Lina's sunbird, a four-and-a-half-inch animal found in the Philippines and that resembles a hummingbird, has shimmering metallic colors on its head; a brilliant orange patch, bordered with red tufts, in the center of its breast; and a red eye.

A. found in the Philippines and that resembles
B. found in the Philippines and that, resembling
C. found in the Philippines and resembling
D. that is found in the Philippines and it resembles
E. that is found in the Philippines, resembling






IMO the answer should be A, because the correct idiom is 'found that'. the verb 'resembles' is correctly stated in simple present tense.

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IMO the answer should be A, because the correct idiom is 'found that'. the verb 'resembles' is correctly stated in simple present tense.

Perhaps you might be getting confused with a structure such as:

Yash found that the verb "found" should be followed by conjunction "that".
- This sentence correctly uses found that, because found in found that is a verb.

However, in the sentence under consideration, believe it or not, found is not used as a verb here; it is used as past participle.

Another easy way to eliminate A is that whenever the structure is and that, there is almost always another matching that structure before the and. So, for example, following would have been correct:

....a four-and-a-half-inch animal that is found in the Philippines and that resembles a hummingbird.....

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Hi souvik101990,
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First discovered more than 30 years ago, Lina's sunbird, a four-and-a-half-inch animal found in the Philippines and that resembles a hummingbird, has shimmering metallic colors on its head; a brilliant orange patch, bordered with red tufts, in the center of its breast; and a red eye.

A. found in the Philippines and that resembles - "found" and "that resembles" - parallelism issue
B. found in the Philippines and that, resembling - parallelism issue
C. found in the Philippines and resembling - Correct
D. that is found in the Philippines and it resembles - parallelism issue
E. that is found in the Philippines, resembling - parallelism issue

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