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# Like the large tracts of unbroken forest that the pileated woodpecker

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09 Jan 2020, 11:11
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Like the large tracts of unbroken forest that the Pileated woodpecker requires to both feed and nest year-round as a non-migrating species, the woodpeckers disappearing in the eastern United States is a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of invasive species.

A. the woodpeckers disappearing in the eastern United States is a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of
B. the bird itself is disappearing in the eastern United States as a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of
C. that the birds themselves are disappearing in the eastern United States is due to suburban commercial developments and the introduction of
D. in the eastern United States, woodpeckers' disappearing due to suburban commercial developments and to the introduction of
E. in the eastern United States, the woodpeckers' disappearing, a consequence of suburban commercial developments and introducing of

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Re: Like the large tracts of unbroken forest that the pileated woodpecker  [#permalink]

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09 Jan 2020, 15:23
Abhi077 wrote:
Like the large tracts of unbroken forest that the Pileated woodpecker requires to both feed and nest year-round as a non-migrating species, the woodpeckers disappearing in the eastern United States is a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of invasive species.

Abhi077 wrote:
A. the woodpeckers disappearing in the eastern United States is a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of

looks good. Note that the use of like indicates that you need to compare two different nouns. In this case, large tracts and woodpeckers are compared
Abhi077 wrote:
B. the bird itself is disappearing in the eastern United States as a consequence of suburban commercial developments and of the introduction of

Wrong use of as 'is' is a better choice (as noted in b). In addition, the bird itself is redundant.
Abhi077 wrote:
C. that the birds themselves are disappearing in the eastern United States is due to suburban commercial developments and the introduction of

Not comparing a noun to a noun Wrong use of 'that'
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D. in the eastern United States, woodpeckers' disappearing due to suburban commercial developments and to the introduction of

This is not a complete sentence. Also, there is no comparison.
Abhi077 wrote:
E. in the eastern United States, the woodpeckers' disappearing, a consequence of suburban commercial developments and introducing of

Same reasoning as D
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Re: Like the large tracts of unbroken forest that the pileated woodpecker  [#permalink]

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10 Jan 2020, 02:27
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OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

The structure of this sentence, "Like [does something]" sets up a comparison between an animal and its own habitat. This is a strange way to talk about these two things, but we'll make it work. Since the sentence describes the habitat by naming the bird, we don't need to name the bird again, narrowing our options to Choices (B) and (C).
The biggest difference between our remaining options is that one has a singular subject, "the bird itself," and the other has a plural subject, "the birds themselves." The introductory phrase mentioned the bird, so we go back to it and see that it mentions a singular bird with "the pileated woodpecker," which means our subject has to be singular in order to match.

Choice (B) is the best answer.

Insights and Learning

• 'Like' Must represent logical comparison and convey intended meaning. It must be followed by a Noun/pronoun
• We must place Like at the correct place to present intended meaning
• Although not a strong error point, We must avoid the use of passive construction if there's a clear precise active construction in the answer choices
• Don't mistake gerund for verb in the sentence. a gerund is a verb form which functions as a noun ending with the suffix 'ing' .

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