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Mount Diablo, near San Francisco, CA, is not a very high peak, with

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Mount Diablo, near San Francisco, CA, is not a very high peak, with an elevation under 4000 ft., but due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being one of the largest in western United States.

A. due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being
B. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, with the result that it has a viewshed that is
C. because it is adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed is
D. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and this results in a viewshed that is
E. because of its being adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and its viewshed is

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IMO C

A. due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being
B. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, with the result that it has a viewshed that is
C. because it is adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed is.Clear and concise
D. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and this results in a viewshed that is
E. because of its being adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and its viewshed is
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Mount Diablo, near San Francisco, CA, is not a very high peak, with an elevation under 4000 ft., but due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being one of the largest in western United States.

A. due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being
B. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, with the result that it has a viewshed that is
C. because it is adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed is
D. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and this results in a viewshed that is
E. because of its being adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and its viewshed is


Demonstrative Pronouns in non-comparison sentences must be followed by noun. hence, the usage of this is wrong.

Hence, C
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Mount Diablo, near San Francisco, CA, is not a very high peak, with an elevation under 4000 ft., but due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being one of the largest in western United States.

A. due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed being
B. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, with the result that it has a viewshed that is
C. because it is adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, its viewshed is
D. it is adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and this results in a viewshed that is
E. because of its being adjacent to a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley, and its viewshed is

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A question about Mount Diablo in northern California.

The prompt has one independent clause before the underlining, then the conjunction “but.” This implies that we need another independent clause after the word “but.”

Choice (A) is a mess. First of all, it begins with a “due to” mistake. Furthermore, there are absolutely no full verbs after the word “but,” so no independent clauses. Choice (A) is incorrect.

Choice (B) is grammatically correct but logically flawed. Before the underlining, we have the fact that Mt. Diablo is not very tall, then the strong contrast word “but.” We are expecting a contrast in the next independent clause. What does choice (B) give us? It’s adjacent to low flat land. Overall:

Mt. Diablo is not very tall but it’s adjacent to low flat land.

In that sentence, the word “but” is playing no useful role at all, because there’s no contrast between those two facts. It’s incorrect to use a strong contrast word when there’s no contrast! Choice (B) is incorrect.

Choice (C) is elegant and well organized.

Choice (D) repeats the logical problem of (B) and also has a pronoun problem. The pronoun “this” refers to the action of the previous clause. That’s a pronoun mistake: pronouns can refer only to nouns, not to the action of clauses. Choice (D) is incorrect.

Choice (E) has the following organization:

[ind. clause #1] “but” [prepositional phrase] “and” [ind. clause #2]

Grammatically, this is a train wreck. The conjunctions “but” and “and” are parallelism markers and need to link equivalent elements. We would need another independent clause between “but” and “and.” As is, choice (E) is incorrect.

The only possible choice is (C).
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I got confused with parallelism. not X but Y form. In the options, none of them is following the parallelism rule. Am I wrong ?

Mount Diablo, near San Francisco, CA, isnot a very high peak, with an elevation under 4000 ft., but due to its being adjacent to such a large expanse of low flat land in California's Central Valley

The two bold parts should be parallel to each other, isn't it ?
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New post 12 Oct 2018, 05:41
anse - I am sorry mate but the structure you referred is not followed here. If you see a comma before 'but' then look for two things it is combining (acts as conjunctive).Here two independent clauses are connected by ', but'. The structure, followed here , is - "Mt. Diablo is not very tall but it’s adjacent to low flat land. "

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