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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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13 May 2007, 03:18
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apache 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
like nuclear reactors - wrong. Here we need "as nuclear reactors do"
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
Correct
(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 and E incorrectly use "and merges" instead of "merging" .
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13 May 2007, 03:35
apache wrote:
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why "and merges" in D and E is incorrect.

We need a gerund here to modify the verb "powers".
Ask yourself: How does the nuclear fusion power the Sun?
And answer: The nuclear fusion powers the Sun merging the nuclei of atoms ...
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13 May 2007, 08:07
Caas wrote:
apache wrote:
cass,
why "and merges" in D and E is incorrect.

We need a gerund here to modify the verb "powers".
Ask yourself: How does the nuclear fusion power the Sun?
And answer: The nuclear fusion powers the Sun merging the nuclei of atoms ...

Hi Caas,sentence after merging...acts as a participle modifying Nuclear Fusion...not a gerund...gerund acts as a noun in a sentence.
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13 May 2007, 19:09
apache 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

I think "and " is required to complete the sentence.
"as is done " is incorrect ->D is out
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