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23 Nov 2008, 20:58
Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors.
(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting them apart, like nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart

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23 Nov 2008, 21:28
Stuck between B and C.

I am going for B.

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23 Nov 2008, 21:51
rampuria wrote:
Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors.

(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting them apart, like nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart

Pls explain

IMO, C for comparision of clauses.
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23 Nov 2008, 21:59
going with C here is why:

what is the function of the underlined part of a sentence? to describe a clause "Nuclear fusion is the force" thus we need "merging the nuclei of atoms.." so D & E are out.

now, what is the gist of the underlined portion? to contrast how nuclear fusion operation different from reactor's: nuclear fussion merges atoms whereas reactors split atoms. the focus is on difference in actions (verbs) so "as noun/pronoun verb" construction is necessary.

C has it all.

rampuria wrote:
Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors.

(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting them apart, like nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart

Pls explain

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24 Nov 2008, 02:38
C

merging.... - is logical form, and 'as nuclear reactors do' is needed

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24 Nov 2008, 05:08
Why option B is wrong ??
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24 Nov 2008, 07:33
in B you are comparing orange with apple. Meaning a verb with noun.

B also have other issue, like should be used when you want to compare two nouns. here we are comparing verb with another verb so we need 'as'

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24 Nov 2008, 08:44
C

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24 Nov 2008, 13:18
IMO C, not B

splitting them apart Like nuclear reactors => splitting is an action. nuclear reactor is a noun. You can NOT use 'like' for comparison. It should be "splitting them them apart as nuclear reactors do" (D fixed this problem)

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24 Nov 2008, 22:49
IMO C

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25 Nov 2008, 00:23
Thanks selvae ..
OA pls ??
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25 Nov 2008, 00:41
C here too !! .. Cheers.

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26 Nov 2008, 02:48
rampuria wrote:
Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors.
This is basically a contrast..the subject is Nuclear Fusion..
(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactorsIt shows that it is performing two action .. rather than emphasizing the contrast
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting them apart, like nuclear reactorsIt says that instead of doing X it is doing Y.. which is not the case..it is highlighting the contrast between two process
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors dohold....
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors..hold..it says that it merges but does not split them apart.. as if both the process happens...in the process
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apartNuclear Fusion is compared to atomic reactors.. apple and orange comparison.. ruled out...Also... it is the process in the atomic reactor which split them apart..while this says that the atomic reactor itself split them apart... out..
IMO .. C.. What is the OA?

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26 Nov 2008, 10:58
After POE, we are left with B & C.
B uses incorrectly "instead of" which is used to compare nouns.
C uses the correct usage "rather than" which is used to compare clauses & actions.

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27 Nov 2008, 00:27
Confused b/w C and E. But finally went with E fr parallelism. But C is tempting as well. Can we have the OA pls?
rampuria wrote:
Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors.
(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear reactors
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting them apart, like nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart

Pls explain

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