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# It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in loweri

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It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A) can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(B) can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

(C) can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

(D) can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(E) can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

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27 Apr 2016, 09:05
It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

its a tough one
2-3 split between less & fewer
Just a quick question: can we count signs of heart muscle damage??( I'm always confused )
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27 Apr 2016, 09:11
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It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

its a tough one
2-3 split between less & fewer
Just a quick question: can we count signs of heart muscle damage??( I'm always confused )

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not only there is a split in fewer and less.. By the way signs can be counted and will be fewer..
also there is parallelism issue - all should be in comparative form - lower , better , and fewer
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27 Apr 2016, 09:58
special diet causes/results in few things(low BP & others) here.

verb lowering is not parallel to other comparative forms better and fewer.
modifier as a result in option C is unnecessary as it does not refer to any particular action.
Tie seems to between D and E where D wins the battle since less signs sounds awkward.
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27 Apr 2016, 19:50
Yes it's parallelism question and list should be parallel and should make sense

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27 Apr 2016, 21:13
||ism tested.

Hope i got this one right.. Its always better to say fewer signs IMHO.
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28 Apr 2016, 02:54
It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

Paralleism analysis:

List is lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

Now, problem is with lowering. indicating present participle and it should be lower to make the items parallel in the list

So, the correct answer is D.
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28 Apr 2016, 08:06
My analysis of this question :

Meaning - It has been discovered that grape enriched diet can result in three things - 1) lower BP 2) Better heart function 3) show fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

Error analysis - Original answer option does not maintain parallelism i.e. lowering BP not parallel to better heart conditions and fewer signs

POE :

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs ----> Wrong for the reasons mentioned

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs ----> Wrong for the reasons mentioned ; less is wrong here. Since signs can be counted, we must use few.

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs ----> as a result is redundant

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs ----> Correct !

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs ----> less is wrong here.

Folks, please correct me if I am wrong !
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28 Apr 2016, 08:36
It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

Wrong-->Parallelism error - lowering blood pressure, better heart function...

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

Wrong-->Parallelism error . Also less signs is not correct usage, since signs can be counted.

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

Wrong-->Change in meaning. 'As a result' is not used as intended in the original sentence

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

Correct --> lower blood pressure, better heart function and fewer signs are parallel

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

Wrong--> Less signs is not correct usage
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28 Apr 2016, 09:02
The sentence lists the effects of a diet rich in grapes,but fails to make this list parallel: the gerund lowering cannot belong to a series of nouns (function and signs)

A. Lists a gerund along with nouns, thus violating parallelism.

B. The list now contains two gerunds and a noun and so still remains not parallel. Additionally, less signs is wrong since less can only be used with uncountable nouns.

C. Tries to list two verbs and a noun (can lower, improve, and fewer signs). It is unclear what a phrase as a result refers to.

D. The series of three nouns is correct.

E. Less signs is incorrect: since signs is countable and plural, it must be fewer signs instead.

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28 Apr 2016, 09:14
I got the correct answer "D"...

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20 Dec 2016, 10:30
chetan2u wrote:
zxcvbnmas wrote:
It has been discovered that a grape-enriched diet can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs of heart muscle damage.

(A)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(B)can result in lowering blood pressure, better heart functioning, and less signs

(C)can, as a result, lower blood pressure, improve heart function, and fewer signs

(D)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and fewer signs

(E)can result in lower blood pressure, better heart function, and less signs

its a tough one
2-3 split between less & fewer
Just a quick question: can we count signs of heart muscle damage??( I'm always confused )

Hi,
not only there is a split in fewer and less.. By the way signs can be counted and will be fewer..
also there is parallelism issue - all should be in comparative form - lower , better , and fewer

Is "less" parallel with lower and better or "lesser"? although not in answer choices....
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10 Mar 2017, 00:37
saurabhsavant wrote:
Is "less" parallel with lower and better or "lesser"? although not in answer choices....

No, less is not parallel to lower and better.
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