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Just as more powerful telescopes are penetrating deeper into the secrets of space, so the new colliding-beam machines help physicists to probe even more deep into the most basic natural phenomena.


a) help physicists to probe even more deep

b) help physicists in their probing even deeper

c) are helpful for physicists probing even deeper.

d) are of help to physicists because they probe even more deeply

e) are helping physicists probe even more deeply.



I picked c.
My reasoning is...
a) "deep" should be "deeply" because it modifies a verb "probe"

b) "in their probing" is awkward.

c) I picked this.

d) wordy

e) "are helping" GMAT does't like -ing form.

Obviously, my reasoning e is incorrect.
Please, give me your opinion about my reasoning and the reason that d is not correct.

Originally posted by eybrj2 on 12 Feb 2012, 02:05.
Last edited by Bunuel on 11 May 2018, 10:28, edited 1 time in total.
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This is a parallelism problem.

Spot the parallelism:

Just as
Part I : more powerful telescopes are penetrating deeper into the secrets of space,
so
Part II: the new colliding-beam machines help physicists to probe even more deep into the most basic natural phenomena.

The two verbs in bold must be parallel. E fixes it.

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Just as X so Y .... X and Y should be parallel only E has that. E is the best option.
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Is it mandatory that in Just as X so Y idiom , both X and Y should be in same tense form as shown in this OE
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Just as more powerful telescopes are penetrating deeper into the secrets of space, so the new colliding-beam machines help physicists to probe even more deep into the most basic natural phenomena.


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Although parallelism appears to the most apparent and appealing, yet there are other things too in this topic, but whether verb form is the only criterion of parallelism may not be very correct. After all, an official GMAT question may not be tested on such a narrow spectrum


a) help physicists to probe even more deep -- 'more deep' is not the accepted form of comparative degree. 'deeper' is the word choice.

b) help physicists in their probing even deeper -- 'in their probing' is awkward.

c) are helpful for physicists probing even deeper. -- 'are helpful' is wordier and less dynamic than the active and direct verb 'help'

d) are of help to physicists because they probe even more deeply -- The wordiest of all

e) are helping physicists probe even more deeply -- Now we can see why E is the best. It is also 'more parallel' than other choices.

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