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Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.

(A) so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(B) so it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning
(C) the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril
(D) the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(E) it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning

Curious about option C does it distort the meaning of the sentence?

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Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.

We need something to complete the comparison: "Like the thorny ballooning" "it is at their peril that predators" does not make sense. We can eliminate B and E. The presence of "so" : Like X, so Y makes A incorrect. (This is not "Just as X, so Y")

(C) the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril
(D) the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril

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Curious about option C does it distort the meaning of the sentence?


Yes, a bit. In C(and also A, the original sentence) the meaning is different form E's, which seems to say
"red underbelly is a warning(...), so(=because is a clear warning) they ignore it at their peril "; my point is that in D "that predators ignore at their peril" is a modifier of warning, in C "so they ignore it at their peril" does not modify "warning" but seems to modify the preceding verb ("so" is used as an adverb).
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Also in C, "it" refers to "the California newt" but it is not the noun here. That was my reason to not to pick C. is that correct....???
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Also in C, "it" refers to "the California newt" but it is not the noun here. That was my reason to not to pick C. is that correct....???


You are talking about the "poison pronoun" rule, am I correct?

That rules appears on 0 official problems and has been removed from the MGMAT guides, so I would not consider it.

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fozzzy wrote:
Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.

(A) so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(B) so it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning
(C) the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril
(D) the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(E) it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning

Curious about option C does it distort the meaning of the sentence?


use of LIKE is used to compare nouns or noun phrase.
LIKE X,Y
X,Y ==>They are either noun or noun phrase.
now in this case basis this rule we can eliminate option A,B,and E
Now the fight is between C and D.
Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.


(C) the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril
IT ==>This has no referent
(D) the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril==>correct

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Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.

In my opinion the original choice, that is choice A, clearly presents the intended meaning. It clearly says that California newt’s “display…” is a “clear warning”. The logical meaning is very clear here.

Choice A is incorrect because of “comma + so” that is used to join two independent clauses. There is no clause before “comma + so”. This is so because “like” cannot be followed by a clause.

Now let’s take a look at choice C:

C. the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril

The issue with this choice is the use of “displaying”. After a possessive noun, we need to use a noun in its proper form and not the verb-ing form. The proper noun form of “displaying” is “display”. Hence, use of “display” will be correct here.

And yes, “it” has no clear referent.

This choice also distorts the intended meaning. Per this choice, the predators ignore the warning because the newt displays its red underbelly. This cause and effect relationship here is certainly illogical.

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Like the thorny ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops for which the blue-ringed octopus is named, so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril.

(A) so the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(B) so it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning
(C) the California newt's displaying its red underbelly is a clear warning for predators, so they ignore it at their peril
(D) the California newt's display of its red underbelly is a clear warning that predators ignore at their peril
(E) it is at their peril that predators ignore the California newt's display of its red underbelly, a clear warning

Curious about option C does it distort the meaning of the sentence?

Answer – D
Meaning – there is a comparison between:
1. ballooning of a frightened pufferfish or the sudden appearance of angry sapphire hoops and
2. California newt's display
Hence, immediately after comma, we need ‘California newt's display’ Option D is the only right option.
Understand that comparison is not with ‘California newt's (displaying its red underbelly)’
A – wrong structure. We need comparion word immediately after comma.
B – same as above.
C – wrong comparison as stated in above explanation.
D – Correct choice.
E – same mistake as in A and B.
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