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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 split-
ting 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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05 Mar 2004, 06:24
Hesitated between C and E but C sounds better as "them" has a clear referral. in E, "them" could refer to nuclei, stars or bombs
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05 Mar 2004, 06:33
C.

Similar explanation as above.

A - just wrong
B - incomparable (splitting, nuclear reactors)
C - similar but better than B because it end with "do"
D - what the hell is "unclear" reactors??? unnecessarily wordy
E - them has ambiguous reference
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05 Mar 2004, 06:54
If this question is form ETS or form a ruputed training company, then
it is really a good question.

pusht: Could you post the official explanation for this question.

I narrowed the answer choices down to A and C.
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05 Mar 2004, 07:13
Believe it or not, the official answer is E

I went for C but was wrong, obviously.

I do not have acceess to explanation to this question. However, the only explanation I can think of is that only D and E start with 'and merges' , which is consistent with 'powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs'

You can eliminate D because 'as is done' sounds awkward
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05 Mar 2004, 08:13
source of the question please? .. and if it is not a common source then please comment on the reliability of the answer.
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05 Mar 2004, 08:13
As I see, I think E is correct because it clearly brings out the contrast between two processes....moreover I think a conjunction is neeeded after a comma in this sentence.....
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05 Mar 2004, 08:42
This question is taken from study material I downloaded from one of the threads on the Wharton Student-2-Student discussion board. The link is...

http://s2s.wharton.upenn.edu/wh-wharton ... msg=5423.1

If you follow the thread, it's a huge repository of excellent study material.

I think this particular question is from Barron's.
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05 Mar 2004, 08:47
I'm betting that E is defintely not the answer. If anyone
proves me wrong, you will receive a bottle of wine*.

Main Clause: Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs,
Conjunction: and
Subordinate clasuse: (and) merges the nuclei of atoms,
Prepositional phrase+Adjective clause: unlike atomic reactors (that split them apart).

Issue 1: Subordinate clause does not have Subject.
Issue 2: "Them" does not have clear referrent.
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05 Mar 2004, 08:59
pusht wrote:

I think this particular question is from Barron's.

I have Barron's book and some of their questions are really dubious. I personally don't like Barron at all
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05 Mar 2004, 11:12
E is most certainly the best answer.

Let me explain the problem with the popular answer C.

The sentence brings out a contrast saying the fusion merges the two nuclei instead of splitting them apart. If this sentence is followed by as nuclear reactors do then it can mean either "nuclear reactors also merge the nuclei" or "nuclear reactors spli the nuclei apart"

C does not convey what nuclear reactors actually do. E definitely does by adding "unlike".
05 Mar 2004, 11:12
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