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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.


A. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but

B. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather

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

D. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather

E. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but
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no blast, shock, or heat
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a blast, shock, or heat

The second list doesnt seem parallel.
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i went with option E
as i think But and rahter are redundant.
we should use 1 of them.
kindly give the official explaination and answer.
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it cant be D, there is no parallelism, after "but" is a noun, so we need a noun after ""NOT'" instead we have a verb "GENERATED"
I was down between A or C, I know C is the OA but why A is wrong?
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it cant be D, there is no parallelism, after "but" is a noun, so we need a noun after ""NOT'" instead we have a verb "GENERATED"
I was down between A or C, I know C is the OA but why A is wrong?


not X,Y, nor Z ... doesnt sound right
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this one's a bit tricky ....

C and D look very similar, don't they?
In C, we're using "no" and a noun;
In D, we're using "not" and a verb.

"not... but..." is a conjunction and therefore requires parallel structure. So in D, after "not" we have "generate," a verb, and after "but" we have "pulse," a noun.
where as we need a verb.

So we can rule out D.
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a. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but
- nor is wrong
b. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
- not parallel
c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather
d. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather
- not parallel
e. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but
- not parallel
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New post 22 Sep 2010, 14:14
here is my thoughts about A and anyone is welcome to debate:
1)NOR is wrong not because it doesn't sound right ( nor by it self can actually complete a list of negative statements but with grammatical restrictions ) but because it's followed by an adjective and just an adjective, it's wrong
2) the usage of "if" structure: the presence of "would" indicate that the statement is out of the ordinary and hypothetical, which is not the case here, because the description in the sentence can actually happen.
PS: I was surprised that no one mentioned A, to me D was never a confusion.
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Good question....
the choice is between would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather and would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather

for this we need to take a look at what is after rather...is it a verb or a noun. If noun then the first one wins
if a verb then the second one wins.

intense electromagnetic pulse this is noun.
so to make things || we need a noun in the earlier clause.
So the sentence becomes ... would generate no blast ..... but ...(generate) intense electromagnetic .....

C wins
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I chose D. I see the point with C - a blast, shock or heat --> a heat????

generate [no] blast, shock or heat --> now i am not convinced if generate blast sounds fine.
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I chose D. I see the point with C - a blast, shock or heat --> a heat????

generate [no] blast, shock or heat --> now i am not convinced if generate blast sounds fine.


"Generate blast" would be wrong, but "generate NO blast" is fine.
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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.

a. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would generate not a blast, shock, nor heat, but -----not and nor make the clause a double negative. It should be ‘neither …nor’ or ‘not … or’

b. If a nuclear weapon were to be detonated above the atmosphere, it would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather – though accepted sometimes as good enough when extant alone, ‘not … but rather’ is still inferior to ‘not…. but’ because it is wordier. When both the forms of the idiom are available simple ‘not… but’ makes a better choice.

c. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would generate no blast, shock, or heat, but rather ---- the same reasoning as in B. While the left of the conjunction but has no article, the right has an article in the form of an intense electromagnetic. Though not very significant, still it is a pin - prick.

d. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, or heat, but rather --- not generate … but rather an intense ‘misses the correlative parallelism

e. A nuclear weapon detonated above the atmosphere would not generate a blast, shock, nor heat, but ------ the same problem as in D.

Not happy with any of the choices.
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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.
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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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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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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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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: :x How I'll feel once I've got this sorted: :-) :grin: 8-)
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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: :x How I'll feel once I've got this sorted: :-) :grin: 8-)


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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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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New post 26 Nov 2018, 06:04
I wonder why the OA choice C can use the word "would" because the sentence in C does not look like hypothetical one.

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