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# Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric

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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate

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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate

IDIOM TEST:
EITHER X OR Y
X and Y MUST BE PARALLEL.
only E is USING parallel structure.

hence E
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01 Sep 2013, 06:17

Only Option E follows Parallelism by using "to find, to defend and to communicate".
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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate

Note you can also flip the sentence as such:

"Using their power to A, to B, and to C, hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents."

The descriptive phrase "in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies" - really is just fluff.

Since the above flipped sentence makes sense, then we can say the original unflipped version makes sense as well.
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11 Feb 2014, 12:01
nice question !

A and B uses correct idiom either....or.. but they are not parallel.
C and d uses wordy..
only e is concise, clear, and three things are correctly listed.
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27 Apr 2014, 17:01
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EITHER X OR Y is a dual marker of parallelism. It can compare only two items. So use of EITHER X OR Y
is wrong here.

C and D doesn't have ||'sm. E wins.
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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating (Wrong Idiom)
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation (Purpose so "to" required)
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation (Parallelism Not Correct)
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation (Purpose so "to" required)
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate
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25 May 2015, 23:18
As I understand, the phrase "using their power...." modifies the clause "Hundreds of species of fish....", and "their" is the pronoun of "electric currents". Since "using their power..." is not a result of the clause, it must modify through adding information to the clause. For example: Joe killed the snake, using his knife.

However, in this question, I just cannot see how the modifier "using their power..." adds information to the clause "Hundreds of species...", I think it should be an independent clause, such as ", their power was used to .......".
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27 May 2015, 10:41
Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.
"either" should be used for two options only and here we have three, so eliminate A and B
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation not parallel
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation not parallel
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate
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10 Sep 2016, 11:36
I have a query

I have read that - the construction is generally in the format ---> to X, Y and Z and NOT --> to X, to Y and to Z.

Though I chose E because it was the best among other options but is it stylistically correct?
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10 Sep 2016, 23:09
warriorguy wrote:
I have a query

I have read that - the construction is generally in the format ---> to X, Y and Z and NOT --> to X, to Y and to Z.

Though I chose E because it was the best among other options but is it stylistically correct?

No, both are optional. We can have either 'once outside' or 'every time inside' rule.

So, both the below statements are correct.

Either to X, to Y or to Z

or

to Either X,Y or Z.
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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating - Parallelism issue - either X or Y is a dual marker - it can compare only 2 items
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation - Parallelism issue
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation - Parallelism issue
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation - Parallelism issue
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate - Correct answer

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05 Jan 2017, 12:17
Understand meaning
Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating. : to communicate and navigate

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11 Jan 2017, 04:36
A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate
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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

Issue: Parallelism

Analysis: Quite straightforward parallelism issue question. Need to make sure that all the verbs are in the same form.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
- Non-parallel structure: infinitive, infinitive, or participle

(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
- Non-parallel
- Also breaks "once out or every time in"

(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
- breaks "once out or every time in" with "to" missing after "or"

(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation

(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate
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(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate
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21 Sep 2017, 23:23
in Option E

to defend is part of II list or is modifier of to find and attack prey ?

I thought its acting as modifier and if this is the case then "Either to X or to Y" is valid.
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22 Sep 2017, 00:19
gaitbhu wrote:
in Option E

to defend is part of II list or is modifier of to find and attack prey ?

I thought its acting as modifier and if this is the case then "Either to X or to Y" is valid.

Hi gaitbhu, when you say you thought its acting as modifier, then your interpretation is that fish attack prey in order to defend themselves!

Well, by some stretch of imagination, I suppose that's possible (attack is the best defense:)).

However, if that was the intent, one would not have expected a comma after prey. Isn't it?
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Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

(A) either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating
(B) either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation
(C) to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation
(D) for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation
(E) to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate

It is infact a simple question but is a very bad trap laid those who don't read the sentence properly. As soon as one reads the question, we tend to correct the most frequent EITHER OR idiom in the sentence. Beautifully hidden fact is that, use of EITHER...OR to express more than two things in a sentence is WRONG. As there are three items in a list, we should look for a parallel three itemed list, which is what Choice D is...
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02 Apr 2018, 12:14
shra1raju wrote:

It is infact a simple question but is a very bad trap laid those who don't read the sentence properly. As soon as one reads the question, we tend to correct the most frequent EITHER OR idiom in the sentence. Beautifully hidden fact is that, use of EITHER...OR to express more than two things in a sentence is WRONG. As there are three items in a list, we should look for a parallel three itemed list, which is what Choice D is...

Hello shra1raju,

Good analysis of the question. there. However, I just want to let you know that the correct answer of this official problem is Choice E.

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