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-as is used to compare clause so we have to fix it by using like.
-absorbing is parallel to protecting
(C) wins.
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New post 07 Aug 2012, 13:05
thevenus wrote:
-as is used to compare clause so we have to fix it by using like.
-absorbing is parallel to protecting
(C) wins.


'As' has 4 functions

1) comparison
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4) presenting role/function. Ex - As a brother John takes care of his younger sister. Ex 2 - BB joined Gmatclub as founder.
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What is rise/act referring to? I feel it can't refer to a prepositional phrase "of rocks", so I see breakwater as singular..

Going by parallelism is fine, but we need to look at subject verb singular/plural agreement too, right?

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as should be followed by a verb and like compares noun,
So shouldn't B be the answer?

The OA according to OG13 is C
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as should be followed by a verb and like compares noun,
So shouldn't B be the answer?

The OA according to OG13 is C


Nope. B is not parallel first of all.

In a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline and act as a buffer, so that it absorbs the energy of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

(B) act like a buffer so as to absorb
(C) act as a buffer, absorbing

Moreover "as" is used also to compare FUNCTIONS, "like" cannot do that: as-vs-like-correct-and-incorrect-usages-133950.html
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In a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline
and act as a buffer, so that it absorbs the energy of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

These are the subject-verb pairs so in option C the absorbing and Protecting is presenting the result of the clause " act as buffer" Is this correct?
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In a plan to stop the erosion of East Coast beaches, the Army Corps of Engineers proposed building parallel to shore a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline
and act as a buffer, so that it absorbs the energy of crashing waves and protecting the beaches.

These are the subject-verb pairs so in option C the absorbing and Protecting is presenting the result of the clause " act as buffer" Is this correct?


Hi fozzy.

You're not totally correct.

Verb-ing modifier + comma ==> always modifies a preceding clause. "absorbing" || "protecting" are verb-ing modifiers that modify a preceding clause. Let think, what can absorb water? ==> a buffer. What can protect the beaches? ==> a breakwater of rock.

So, the modifier part modifies the preceding clause "a breakwater of rocks that would rise six feet above the waterline and act as a buffer", not only "act as a buffer".

Hope it helps.
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I got the correct answer C but I wanted to understand if Ing modifier ( absorbing ) is modifying the preceding clause?

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this is how I eliminated the options. Now Rise has to be parallel to Act . So options B and c are the only ones left. Option B has introduced a parallelism error at the end of the sentence because absorbing must be parallel to protecting. Hence option C is the answer. Correct me if my analysis is wrong.

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this is how I eliminated the options. Now Rise has to be parallel to Act . So options B and c are the only ones left. Option B has introduced a parallelism error at the end of the sentence because absorbing must be parallel to protecting. Hence option C is the answer. Correct me if my analysis is wrong.

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