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

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21 Sep 2006, 14:43
very very late, but C.

adverbial phrases can be placed anywhere as long as it doesn't create ambiguity.

use 'rather' for verbs
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17 Oct 2006, 21:16
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D and E get eliminated(and merges...) since it talks about Nuclear Fusion's another property ( and merges the nuclei of atoms ....), whereas it actually needs to mean the modus operandi of the Nuclear fusion, which is ok in A,B,C (merging). And out of those 3, C is the complete comparison.
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08 Oct 2007, 06:53
In 1000SC the answer mentioned for this question is "E" as well. Which is clearly wrong.

But this was a good discussion.
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08 Oct 2007, 12:17
Some time we overemphasise the parallalism. This is not the case of parallalism. Subordinate clause is not listing the qualities of fission. It is explaining the main clause. Read it this way,

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars, and hydrogen bombs by merging the nuclei of atoms rather than by splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do.
C it is.

Now E has 2 problems.
1st ,by using AND as conjunction,E made it look like as if two different qualities of fission are being listed, which is not the case.
2nd problem with E is that it is comparing merging ( action) the nuclei of atoms with atomic reactors.

C corrects this with as nuclear reactors do
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08 Oct 2007, 12:49
I remember, it was really a nice discussion.

This SC still baffles me!

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31 Jan 2008, 00:49
This really sucks! the 1000SC has E for this problem as the OA. However, the good news is I got C, which I thought was wrong because of the 1000SC's OA, but I'm glad to know that I was right thanks to gmatclub. Damn, so this means there are mistakes with the OA's in the 1000SC.
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31 Jan 2008, 03:09
I would have chosen E on the test day. I know you are coming with the knowledge of fusion and fission but sentence E looks correct to me. Fusion/fission are just terminologies.

and atomic reactors do split apart atoms (phsycially!).

C. should have ended with "as is done in nuclear reactors"
D. should have ended with "as nuclear reactors do"

I may be totally wrong in here
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01 Feb 2008, 16:41
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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 nuclear reactors.

E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

The biggest problem with E is that it compares Nuclear Fusion with Atomic Reactors?

Very late. But C it is.

The trick here is to notice that the listed nouns ends with "AND hydrogen bombs." When this un-underlined portion ends like that, you should know certainly that what comes in the underlined sentence shouldn't be a list anymore, therefore you can eliminate D and E instantely. You know that what will start after the comma will be a present participle. This should do the trick.
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27 Mar 2008, 22:43
The use of "and" changes the meaning of the statement, and in the original statement, "as" is preferred over "like" due to the use of verb (you can get some dope in Manhattan Review for the use of like and as). C is therefore a correct choice.
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28 Mar 2008, 02:16
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 nuclear reactors.

E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

i will go with C - perfect.

here b looks good - like + noun phrase. but basis of comparision is not right.
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19 Apr 2010, 16:15
I got C and saw the official answer E and wondered....now happy
C it is...
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27 Apr 2010, 07:42
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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 nuclear reactors.

E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

Just read it like this "Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart" Think are they two separate actions? NO.

Now
"Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do." This explains that Nuclear fusion is the force that power the Sun by merging the nuclei. Makes more sense.

So it is "C"
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24 Aug 2010, 23:20
GO WITH WHATEVER IS THERE IN OG. PLEASE POST ANSWERS VERIFIED FROM OG.
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02 Nov 2010, 14:16
This one has not been solved yet.
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03 Nov 2010, 23:15
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04 Nov 2010, 13:27
I go with the OG’s OA and OE, simply because they are official ones. But the essence of the passage seems to be to compare nuclear fusion, a phenomenon, with nuclear reactor, just a device or shall we say, a chamber. The phenomenon rightly comparable to fusion is actually fission.

GMAT has highlighted that we shouldn’t compare apples with oranges. Isn’t it ironical that now a reaction is sought to be compared with a rector.

The bottom line is that with LOL for OG, C is the answer.
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07 May 2011, 10:08
daagh wrote:
I go with the OG’s OA and OE, simply because they are official ones. But the essence of the passage seems to be to compare nuclear fusion, a phenomenon, with nuclear reactor, just a device or shall we say, a chamber. The phenomenon rightly comparable to fusion is actually fission.

GMAT has highlighted that we shouldn’t compare apples with oranges. Isn’t it ironical that now a reaction is sought to be compared with a rector.

The bottom line is that with LOL for OG, C is the answer.

Physical Apples and Oranges comparison come into picture when you are comparing nouns with Like/Unlike construction.

When you use "as", then it is the actions which are compared. So is the case here. The action "Merging the Nuclei" is compared with "do" in the clause after "as".
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20 Dec 2011, 23:40
Reviving again

If we don't use 'and', I get confused about who is merging: it may sound Sun, etc,. are merging. Usage of 'and' clearly takes me back to 'Nuclear fusion'.
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25 Jul 2013, 02:15
OA in OG11 is C

D,E: can be eliminated because we need a "that" just after "and"——to keep the two parts of the sentence parallel.

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers....and that merges.......

A : "and not"

B: we need a verb, meanwhile, "like" is not appropriate.
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22 Apr 2018, 18:07
(C) has the correct comparison
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