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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.

This question has been discussed many a time. I want to know why D is incorrect?
Thanks
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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05 Aug 2010, 22:27
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors -----> "is done" is passive. The first part is active - Nuclear fusion ..... powers

(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart. -----> wrong comparison.

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06 Aug 2010, 02:22
Clear C.. rather than makes correct comparison.

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06 Aug 2010, 07:02
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Clear C.. rather than makes correct comparison.

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06 Aug 2010, 12:22
Can somebody please explain why "merging" is better than "and merges" in this case?

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30 Sep 2014, 12:52
Need help.

D and E are clearly out as they change the meaning

Between A,B and C

(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

But I have one more query here:"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. "

in option A, we are saying that nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as in nuclear reactors
the nuclei is merging ... as it happens in nuclear reactors

But in option C, we are changing the meaning a little,
nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as nuclear reactors do..
Here the nuclei is merging ... like nuclear reactors

Isn't option A making more sense logically?
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01 Oct 2014, 02:16
rohitgoel15 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 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.

This question has been discussed many a time. I want to know why D is incorrect?
Thanks

Correct ans is C !!!!

D is wrong because 1. use of and merges ...what is the subject of verb merges ?
secondly meaning wise sentence does not make sense.

Also, If you notice, structure in which comma, verb-ing modifier modifies clause which is in C (Correct one)

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01 Oct 2014, 06:28
nitz19arg wrote:
Need help.

D and E are clearly out as they change the meaning

Between A,B and C

(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

But I have one more query here:"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. "

in option A, we are saying that nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as in nuclear reactors
the nuclei is merging ... as it happens in nuclear reactors

But in option C, we are changing the meaning a little,
nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as nuclear reactors do..
Here the nuclei is merging ... like nuclear reactors

Isn't option A making more sense logically?

maybe an expert's opinion can help me here
PiyushK
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Thanks in anticipation.
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nitz19arg wrote:
Need help.

D and E are clearly out as they change the meaning

Between A,B and C

(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

But I have one more query here:"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. "

in option A, we are saying that nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as in nuclear reactors
the nuclei is merging ... as it happens in nuclear reactors

But in option C, we are changing the meaning a little,
nuclear fusion is force that powers the sun , merging nuclei..... , as nuclear reactors do..
Here the nuclei is merging ... like nuclear reactors

Isn't option A making more sense logically?

maybe an expert's opinion can help me here
PiyushK
Narenn
VeritasPrepKarishma

Thanks in anticipation.

A.) 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.

The modifier as in nuclear reactors. is modifying the preceding clause not splitting them apart. Hence nuclear reactors split nuclei of atoms, whereas nuclear fusion merges the nuclei of atoms.

This contrast is only expressed correctly in option C
(C) Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of atoms rather than split-ting them apart, as nuclear reactors do.
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