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# Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars,

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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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31 Mar 2005, 12:31
I will go with 'C'
D & E are out because the sentence is not trying to talk about different powers instead the latter part is talking about the process of nuclear fusion.
B - is out because of the usage 'like'.
'A' - The 'and not splitting them apart' in 'A' is wrong.

BTW, swath20 please do underline.
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31 Mar 2005, 12:41
C.

rule of thumb, "Rather than" always superiorer than "instead of".
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31 Mar 2005, 13:15
My Choice is C as well.

I like C because it uses:
as nuclear reactors do over like...

I disagree that rather than is always preferred over instead of.
There is a thin line. Rather than is for preference and instead of is for contrast,
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31 Mar 2005, 13:27
C in my opinion...

what we are looking for is comparison of an action (verb), therfore we need to use "as" instead of "like" which is used to compare nouns or list examples...

the next issue with the above problem is to used

merging or and merges....clearly we need to use merging here! C corrects both the problems...
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31 Mar 2005, 14:32
My pick is "D"....powers the sun....merges ||...proper use of "as" to show comparison with nuclear reactors.
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31 Mar 2005, 14:51
E

Nuclear fusion is the force that does (X) and (Y, unlike Z).

A, B C are all missing "by" to be idiomatically correct. Do is awkward and offers no improvement over E, which is compact.

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31 Mar 2005, 14:51
Choice is between D and E, "powers" and "merges" is parallel.

I will choose E though, "merges them but doesn't split them apart" is redundent in D, and "but" should imply a change of direction in the sentence, while in D "merges" and "doesn't split apart" means the same thing.
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31 Mar 2005, 14:59
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Choice is between D and E, "powers" and "merges" is parallel.

I will choose E though, "merges them but doesn't split them apart" is redundent in D, and "but" should imply a change of direction in the sentence, while in D "merges" and "doesn't split apart" means the same thing.

hmm,...I think E is comparing Nuclear fusion (a phenomenon) to Nuclear reactors (an object)
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31 Mar 2005, 15:05
Hmmm yes that's right. E says nuclear reactors split the atoms apart, which is obviously wrong. I agree with you baner that D should be right.
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31 Mar 2005, 15:41
E) comparision of two forces "nuclear fusion" and "nuclear reactors". "nuclear reactor" also means "nuclear energy"
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31 Mar 2005, 17:38
Can you have 2 ands in a sentence if you choose D or E and that too and coming after a comma?
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31 Mar 2005, 19:27
The first "and" was for Sun, the stars and bombs.
The second "and" was for powers and merges.
There are two levels of parallelism here. This is one trap the ETS often uses in GMAT questions.
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31 Mar 2005, 19:35
powers' is parallel with 'merges'. (A), (B), and (C) are out.

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers... and merges ...
(E) is bad because it compares reactors to the actions of nuclear fusion (powering.. merging...)

(D) is best as the nuclear reactor is no longer compared with the nuclear fusion, but rather used to modify one of the the merging of the atomic nucleus.

D it is
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31 Mar 2005, 20:08
swath20 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

Could somebody explain

I also go for D.

participle phrase in A,B, and C seems modify bombs.

So they are out.

in choice D it's parallel.

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers........and merges ....but doesn't split...., as is done ....

here 'done' is in place of the verb 'split', saying nuclear fusion doesn't split but atomic reactor does.

(E) unlike seems compare nuclei of atoms with atomic reactor
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31 Mar 2005, 22:20
my pick is C --- "rather than" implies preference whereas "instead of" implies "phyiscal substitution"
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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

D it is,,,,because it the force whic is the main point.....E carpares force with atomic reactor,so is wrong,,,,whereas D removes this ambiguity by stating that "as is done in unclear reactors "
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OA is E
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03 Apr 2005, 10:25
swath20 wrote:
OA is E

Is E right? With atoms modfiying nuclear reactors?
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05 Apr 2005, 06:27
gmat2me2 wrote:
swath20 wrote:
OA is E

Is E right? With atoms modfiying nuclear reactors?

need more discussion about "as is done" in choice D.

Is it wrong?
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