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Found throughout Central and South America, sloths hang from

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Found throughout Central and South America, sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough that two species of algae grow on its coat and between its shoes.

A) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough

B) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs, they sleep 15 hours a day, and with such infrequent movements

C) sloths use their long rubbery limbs to hang from trees, 15 hours a day, and move so infrequently

D) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeping 15 hours a day and moving so infrequently

E) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeps 15 hours a day, and it moves infrequently enough
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04 Jun 2006, 10:38
iced_tea wrote:
Found throughout Central and South America, sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough that two species of algae grow on its coat and between its shoes.

A) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough
B) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs, they sleep 15 hours a day, and with such infrequent movements
C) sloths use their long rubbery limbs to hang from trees, 15 hours a day, and move so infrequently
D) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeping 15 hours a day and moving so infrequently
E) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeps 15 hours a day, and it moves infrequently enough

D. Note "its" (to refer sloth) that eliminates A/B/C. E is awackward.
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04 Jun 2006, 13:14
I am b/w D and E.

D seems more idiomatic "moving SO infrequently THAT..."

but the problem I see in D is the parallel construction:

"the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeping 15 hours a day and moving so infrequently" I see HANGS being described by "sleeping 15hrs...and moving" due to a comma... which is probably wrong... by just found it illogical. I thought it sleeps while hanging, so does this mean it moves while (by) hanging too? I guess could be true, but on the test day if I didn't know what sloth is then I would probably pick E... although now I see that it might be a trap answer.
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04 Jun 2006, 21:38
iced_tea wrote:
Found throughout Central and South America, sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough that two species of algae grow on its coat and between its shoes.

A) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough

B) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs, they sleep 15 hours a day, and with such infrequent movements

C) sloths use their long rubbery limbs to hang from trees, 15 hours a day, and move so infrequently

D) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeping 15 hours a day and moving so infrequently

E) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeps 15 hours a day, and it moves infrequently enough

In the non-underlined portion of the sentence, "its" refers to "Sloth".
So A, B and C are out.
"moves infrequently enough" is awkward.

So D is my choice.

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04 Jun 2006, 22:41
OA is D.
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04 Jun 2006, 22:46
Will go with D. A/B gives a wrong meaning to the sentence.
C -Sleeping is missing. And E is awkward. D correctly modifies with â€œitsâ€
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27 Jul 2007, 10:03
iced_tea wrote:
Found throughout Central and South America, sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough that two species of algae grow on its coat and between its shoes.

A) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs and sleep 15 hours a day, moving infrequently enough

B) sloths hang from trees by long rubbery limbs, they sleep 15 hours a day, and with such infrequent movements

C) sloths use their long rubbery limbs to hang from trees, 15 hours a day, and move so infrequently

D) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeping 15 hours a day and moving so infrequently

E) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeps 15 hours a day, and it moves infrequently enough

Easy one. Sloths vs the sloth. check for pronouns. its = singular. ABC are out.

2nd action in a parallel sequence determines everything else....
Therefore D.
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27 Jul 2007, 17:22
D for me...But the reason I chose this is becuase of the right use of modifier here....as in..

Found throughout Central and South America,the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs.

Found throughout Central and South America,the sloth sleeping 15 hours a day

Found throughout Central and South America, the sloth moving so infrequently

All the above have the right usage of modifiers when the sentence is split.

Also the other give away is the pronoun error as mentioned by bmwhype.
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07 Aug 2007, 14:49
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D for me...But the reason I chose this is becuase of the right use of modifier here....as in..

Found throughout Central and South America,the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs.

Found throughout Central and South America,the sloth sleeping 15 hours a day

Found throughout Central and South America, the sloth moving so infrequently

All the above have the right usage of modifiers when the sentence is split.

Also the other give away is the pronoun error as mentioned by bmwhype.

Ashwin, bmwhype, could you again explain why D is better than E. Actually E has another error. It uses "it" in "and it moves infrequently enough". Let's say I modify E so that it becomes

E) the sloth hangs from trees by its long rubbery limbs, sleeps fifteen hours a day and moves so infrequently

Would E be better than D now?

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07 Aug 2007, 14:55
yeah D for me too...

2 things tested here, we need the singular noun the SLOTH, cause the last part of the sentence says "two species of algae grow on its coat"

second the idiom is ..so that...

E gets this part wrong..
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07 Aug 2007, 15:53
Sloths vs the sloth. check for pronouns. its = singular. ABC are out.
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That tripped me up. I thought it was plural.
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18 Aug 2007, 06:48
Could you guys be more specific on the awkward part of E?

What about parallelism? Isn't "hangs", "sleeps" and "moves" parallel?

thank you
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