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New post 04 Feb 2016, 15:28
Good question, mikemcgarry, and I think it also serves as a good example of parallelism. The items in this list are very wordy, making the list structure easy to miss at first.
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Dear chetan2u & daagh,
My two very impressive colleagues, I wanted to add my voice to this discussion. :-) As it happens, I am the author of this particular question, and it appears originally in this blog article on Auxiliary Verbs.

I think chetan2u gave a brilliant analysis of this question. In particular, he gave a good explanation of the tricky idiom "Act like" vs. "Act as", which cannot be inferred simply from the Like vs. As rule.

Let me know if there are any more questions about this SC problem. Best of luck to both of you!

Mike :-)


Hi mikemcgarry,
A beautiful Q as usual from you, although I still differ slightly on that assumption Q :wink:
It too was a great Q with superb explanation otherwise.

And thank you for your appreciation. Appreciation from you and daagh in verbal means a lot.
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Knocked from the asteroid belt, an asteroid that comes close to Earth may be captured by Earth's gravitational field, ultimately spiraling inward and becoming fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere while acting like a "falling star,” or becoming redirected at high speeds along a new trajectory.

a)spiraling inward and becoming fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere while acting like a "falling star,” or becoming redirected
b)having spiraled inward and having become fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere acting as a “falling star,” or having become redirected
c)spiraling inward, becoming fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere, and acting as a “falling star,” or be redirected
d)having spiraled inward and become fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere, acting like a “falling star,” or being redirected
e)spiraling inward and being fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere as a “falling star,” or be redirected


In this jumble of modifiers and symmetrical parallelism, the critical factors are:

1. The first arm of the symmetry of parallelism is the entire phrase starting with the participle of verb+ing --ultimately spiraling inward and becoming fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere while acting like a "falling star,”. Therefore, on the other side of the parallelism marker -- ‘or’, it should be another present participle of verb+ing form.
On that note, 'spiraling' and 'becoming' are parallel. Be redirected as in C and E are wrong.

The phrase ‘having spiraled denotes a wrong sequence that the asteroid may be captured after having spiraled inward. This is against the intended meaning. Therefore, B and D are gone. Only A is correct with an intact parallelism


Hi Daagh,
I too first thought A to be the answer at first glance...
But had to relook due to following reasons..

1) Act like vs act as..
act like is generally used with animate object and not with inanimate objects, and we are talking of inanimate objects..
A and D can be eliminated..

2) parallel issue..
spiralling, becoming and acting are parallel..
therefore spiralling inwards, becoming...., and acting is the correct form..
A,B,D and E can be eliminated..

3) Meaning issue..
All three activities spiralling inwards, becoming...., and acting are actions of the preceding clause be captured by Earth's gravitational field..
so is correctly used this way..
Again C is only left..

4) the final error is the parallelism between captured by earths atmosphere and redirected..
so C is correctly conveying parallelism in two different activities..
Knocked from the asteroid belt, an asteroid that comes close to Earth may be captured by Earth's gravitational field,ultimately spiraling inward, becoming fully consumed during its fiery descent through the atmosphere, and acting as a “falling star,”or be redirected at high speeds along a new trajectory...

SO C should be correct..




Mike, Chetan & Daagh,

OA is C or E?? The explanation points out C. But the answer marked above is E. Kindly clarify
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On second thoughts, I agree that "be captured" must parallel 'be redirected. Hence, A cannot be the answer. Between C and E, both of which use 'be directed", E is particularly weak in using "being consumed" (being here is neither part of a subject nor a passive voice verb). C maintains the list parallelism without any hitch. The preposition 'as' is used as a role player in the context.
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this is a very nice question. all the explaination point towards c, but the OA is E. can you please explain why is c wrong and e right?
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this is a very nice question. all the explaination point towards c, but the OA is E. can you please explain why is c wrong and e right?


Hi kanikas1 ,

The OA marked was incorrect. I have corrected the same. It must be C as very well explained above by our experts.
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Hi Abhimahna,
I took this question from magoosh and the right answer is E, here is the link
https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/auxiliary ... -the-gmat/

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this is a very nice question. all the explaination point towards c, but the OA is E. can you please explain why is c wrong and e right?


Hi kanikas1 ,

The OA marked was incorrect. I have corrected the same. It must be C as very well explained above by our experts.

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Hi Abhimahna,
I took this question from magoosh and the right answer is E, here is the link
https://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/auxiliary ... -the-gmat/



Dear sananoor ,

Please compare the options in the two posts. Option C on GMATClub is the same as option E in the link you provided.

I hope that makes sense. :)
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