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New items developed for automobiles in the 1997 model year

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Re: New items developed for automobiles in the 1997 model year [#permalink]

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05 Jan 2017, 07:20
The correct answer should be D. As per option E, the sentence is as follows:
A burst of smoke would appear to make a terrified passenger think.

The above implies that the burst smoke would appear with an intention to make the passenger think. This is not the intended meaning. Compare with the following:
I came to give you the news. (The reason for my coming was to give the news.)

Therefore option E is wrong.

OA has been changed to D.
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10 Feb 2017, 22:16
New items developed for automobiles in the 1997 model year included a safer air bag , which, unlike previous air bags, eliminated the possibility that a burst of smoke would appear when the bag inflated, and making an already terrified passenger think the car was on fire.

A. inflated, and making.
-- no parallel item with "making"

B. inflated, so that it could make.
-- the air bag is developed to scare people!!

-- This is interesting."And" is a signal for parallelism.With this construction,"eliminated" and "made" are parallel.
However the meaning is as if the airbag terrifies people!!

D. inflated and make.
-- That's it.Here,"would appear" is parallel with (would) make.

E. inflated to make.
-- same as B
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19 Feb 2017, 07:10
I am finding it hard to eliminate E and choose D (the OA)

My view.:
The sentence means that the air bag eliminated something that its predecessors did not.
The bag eliminated the possibility of appearance of smoke when the bag would inflate.
Smoke appearance could terrify the passenger , more so because he would already be terrified of the inflated bag.

Between D&E
I chose E in mock. Reason was that inflation of bag would add to the terror the passenger is already experiencing.
In choice D, is a 'would' hidden ? ---- eliminated the possibility that a burst of smoke would appear when the bag inflated, and 'would' make an already terrified passenger think.
OA is D
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I am finding it hard to eliminate E and choose D (the OA)

My view.:
The sentence means that the air bag eliminated something that its predecessors did not.
The bag eliminated the possibility of appearance of smoke when the bag would inflate.
Smoke appearance could terrify the passenger , more so because he would already be terrified of the inflated bag.

Between D&E
I chose E in mock. Reason was that inflation of bag would add to the terror the passenger is already experiencing.
In choice D, is a 'would' hidden ? ---- eliminated the possibility that a burst of smoke would appear when the bag inflated, and 'would' make an already terrified passenger think.
OA is D

Yes, in D the parallelism is between "appear" and "make". "Would" is outside the structure and covers both: would appear and make.

Option E is wrong because of the infinitive "to make", which a conveys a purpose. The purpose of the burst of smoke is not to make the passenger think. The "thinking" is just a result of the burst of smoke, not on purpose.

I went there to see him...correct: "to see him" is my purpose of going there.
The burst of smoke would appear to make the passenger think... wrong. "to make the passenger think" is NOT the burst's purpose of appearing.
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09 Nov 2017, 14:15
Seeing some requests for verbal expert replies here, but I think sayantanc2k and others have answered this one nicely. If you have a specific question for us that hasn't already been answered, please hit the "request expert reply" button again, and tag me in your question!
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04 Mar 2018, 23:05
New items developed for automobiles in the 1997 model year included a safer air bag , which, unlike previous air bags, eliminated the possibility that a burst of smoke would appear when the bag inflated, and making an already terrified passenger think the car was on fire.

A. inflated, and making - no verb for part after and
B. inflated, so that it could make. - so that is used to show a purpose
C. inflated and made. - parallelism issue - appear is not parallel to made
D. inflated and make - Correct
E. inflated to make. - to make is used to show intent/purpose

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