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Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras

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Gone are the sharp edges and jutting planes of styles from former eras instead, designers of everything from cars to computer monitors have adopted a cornerless style of smooth surfaces and curves that is more ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape for its own sake.

(A) more ergonomic, conforming to the shape of the body rather than flaunting shape
(B) more ergonomic, conformed to the body's shape and not to flaunting shape
(C) ergonomic, more conformed to the shape of the body and not to shape flaunted
(D) ergonomic, conforming more to the body's shape rather than shape flaunted
(E) ergonomic, conforming more to the shape of the body than flaunting shape



I took 5 minutes but still got it right.

So the catch is "idiom" more .... than.... is not used properly in C,D,E.
C has more.... but there is no "than" part.
D has more ... rather than.... that is weird
E has more to .... than flaunting; it should be more to .. than to...

Now between A and B, we very well know it is A. verb+ing now represents the result of the main clause .... and reads out well in comparison with B
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New post 04 Jan 2019, 01:07
pls, look at choice B
"and not" is wrong. it should be " but not'

am I right? pls explain.
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New post 18 Jan 2020, 02:08
daagh wrote:
Here two things are to be noted. A verb+ing word is called a present participle; it is a verbal and never a verb, when not proceeded by an auxiliary verb, such as is / are.

What is the role if verb+ ing word generally and especially in the case. A present participle is an adjectival, when placed at the start of the sentence modifying the noun, immediately after the modification is over, and an adverbial modifier, when placed elsewhere in the sentence, modifying the entire clause lying before or in effect, the gist of it. Here, therefore, the present participles conforming and flaunting are participle.
That the ing word has yet another role of a gerund, is another matter

The second point here is that about comparison: The comparator word ‘than’ is followed flaunting; it is clear, therefore, that the comparison is between flaunting and another similar participle, which in this case, is conforming; We can then see that the participle parallelism is well in place, because ergonomics is more x than y, where x is conforming and y is flaunting


Hi daagh ,
I have gone through the comments and no one has asked this.
What is "its" in the non-underlined portion referring back to? shape?
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