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In the admissions process, universities have begun to focus more and more on recommendations from teachers and personal statements from students, in part that their student body should acquire diversity and partly because recommendations provide more personal appraisals of students' abilities.

a) in part that their student body should acquire diversity
b) in part for the acquisition of diversity in their student body
c) partly because of their student body acquiring diversity
d) partly because diversity should be acquired by their student body
e) partly to acquire diversity in their student body

Hey Guys,

Please explain the parallelism in this question. For me the correct parallel construction would be "partly because X... and partly because Y" i.e. because after partly in both parts of the sentence. However that does not seem to be the case.

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08 Oct 2013, 08:02
kalravaibhav wrote:
Please explain the parallelism in this question. For me the correct parallel construction would be "partly because X... and partly because Y" i.e. because after partly in both parts of the sentence. However that does not seem to be the case.

This question is a tweaked version of a question from 10th OG:

In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used crossbreeding, in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics and partly because crossbreeding is said to provide hybrid vigor.

(A) in part that their steers should acquire certain characteristics
(B) in part for the acquisition of certain characteristics in their steers
(C) partly because of their steers acquiring certain characteristics
(D) partly because certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers
(E) partly to acquire certain characteristics in their steers

And the official explanation is:

Choice E is best; it best indicates purpose for crossbreeding-- partly to acquire. In A, in part that does not grammatically connect the underlined portion to the first part of the sentence (the independent clause). In both A and B, in part is not parallel with and partly in the nonunderlined portion. Choice C causes a misreading, suggesting that the steers' acquisition has caused the crossbreeding. D awkwardly and illogically shifts to the passive voice: certain characteristics should be acquired by their steers; the steers, however, are not agents in the acquisition.

Hope you have understood why D is wrong here.
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kalravaibhav wrote:
In the admissions process, universities have begun to focus more and more on recommendations from teachers and personal statements from students, in part that their student body should acquire diversity and partly because recommendations provide more personal appraisals of students' abilities.

a) in part that their student body should acquire diversity (that's referral?)
b) in part for the acquisition of diversity in their student body (not parallel)
c) partly because of their student body acquiring diversity
d) partly because diversity should be acquired by their student body (passive)
e) partly to acquire diversity in their student body (correctly parallel with intended meaning of doing 2 things that the university is looking for)

Hey Guys,

Please explain the parallelism in this question. For me the correct parallel construction would be "partly because X... and partly because Y" i.e. because after partly in both parts of the sentence. However that does not seem to be the case.

Thanks.

It is not always that we need to have exact match of words when checking for parallelism, though that is the first thing we look for as soon as we know that it is a parallelism questions! . Party to acquire... is parallel to partly because... When you have searched all options and you cannot find a pair you are looking for (and there is no F option ), dear we are definitely wrong somewhere. Here comes the other most important part, MEANING!, if you have not figured at the beginning when diving down to choices. The correct option will always convey clear crisp meaning and will definitely make sense.

You may want to go to this post "In recent years cattle breeders have increasingly used" and check explanation provided by Manhattan expert
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26 Aug 2017, 07:41
kalravaibhav wrote:
In the admissions process, universities have begun to focus more and more on recommendations from teachers and personal statements from students, in part that their student body should acquire diversity and partly because recommendations provide more personal appraisals of students' abilities.

a) in part that their student body should acquire diversity
b) in part for the acquisition of diversity in their student body
c) partly because of their student body acquiring diversity
d) partly because diversity should be acquired by their student body
e) partly to acquire diversity in their student body

Hey Guys,

Please explain the parallelism in this question. For me the correct parallel construction would be "partly because X... and partly because Y" i.e. because after partly in both parts of the sentence. However that does not seem to be the case.

Thanks.

I encountered similar question from OG and this is one such question where we make mistake in meaning to maintain parallelism .
A and B are out because we need partly to maintain parallelism
C is out because it is wrong as it is fragment .
D is also wrong
E is correct

Now Just look at D

Should in GMAT moral obligation it does not mean that it has to be followed for example
The doctor advised Jon , who had an accident a month ago , that he should take physiotherapy for 3 months .
Here the advice is just a moral obligation and Jon is not mandated to take physiotherapy sessions.
He may or may not take take physiotherapy sessions .

E on the other hand is little off with respect to parallelism but the meaning is very clear
Infinitive of purpose is used and therefore E is superior to D

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