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# If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the

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22 Aug 2016, 12:32
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Can someone answer why D & E aren't parallel? Can't the article "a" be distributed to all items in a list? To maintain parallelism in the "either...or..." stem article should be present.

Distribution of article is not the issue in D - in authentic sources, such distribution has been used.

The problem of parallelism in D and E lies elsewhere. Because of use of "not", the idiom "not X but Y" comes into effect, and thus there arises a violation of parallelism.
not + verb (generate) requires but (rather) + verb to maintain parallelism.

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21 Aug 2017, 07:24
rohitgoel15 wrote:
If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment.

c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather

Can someone explain the comma between "heat" and "but rather"? Thanks!!

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21 Aug 2017, 11:37
I have a question regarding the use of but rather. rather is an adverb and here it seems to modify the noun phrase.So my question is"Don't we just need a but instead of but rather?"

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23 Aug 2017, 18:11
rohitgoel15 wrote:
If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment.

c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather

Could someone explain this comma to me? It's such a little thing, but I'm not sure what it's doing there since "an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment" definitely isn't an independent clause.

I have the same confusion about a similar ellipsis question:

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Until 2010, a state tax regulation known as the "80-20 rule required that condominium associations receive at least 80 percent of their gross income from their tenant-shareholders, and no more than 20 percent from other sources, like ground-floor rent for restaurants.

Sorry for being a pest and posting twice, but all the study advice says so stay persistent and follow every source of confusion until you fully understand the material. How I feel about commas right now: How I'll feel once I've got this sorted:

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29 Aug 2017, 06:33
NicoleJaneway wrote:
rohitgoel15 wrote:
If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment.

c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather

Could someone explain this comma to me? It's such a little thing, but I'm not sure what it's doing there since "an intense electromagnetic pulse disrupting, like a lightning bolt, all unshielded electric lines and electronic equipment" definitely isn't an independent clause.

I have the same confusion about a similar ellipsis question:

Quote:
Until 2010, a state tax regulation known as the "80-20 rule required that condominium associations receive at least 80 percent of their gross income from their tenant-shareholders, and no more than 20 percent from other sources, like ground-floor rent for restaurants.

Sorry for being a pest and posting twice, but all the study advice says so stay persistent and follow every source of confusion until you fully understand the material. How I feel about commas right now: How I'll feel once I've got this sorted:

Consider the following uses:

1 a. Use of "but" to join two clauses:
I can read, but I cannot write. ( comma must be included.)

1 b. Use of "but" to join two items that are not clauses (e.g. two verbs).
I can read but cannot write. ( comma must be eliminated.)

2. Use of "but" as a part of idiom "not X, BUT Y".
What I saw was not a child, but a man. ( comma is required.)

The usage of "comma" in option C is similar to the usage 2 above (idiom).

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29 Aug 2017, 06:36
techiesam wrote:
I have a question regarding the use of but rather. rather is an adverb and here it seems to modify the noun phrase.So my question is"Don't we just need a but instead of but rather?"

"But" and "but rather" would both be gramatically correct. "But rather" is more emphatic than just "but".

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