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# Recent surveys indicate that, contrary to popular belief,

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03 Oct 2011, 16:11
D over C for the simple fact that:

total abstinence (adj + noun) is parellel to moderate drinking (adj + noun)... while moderately drinking (adv + verb) would not be parallel.
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that, contrary to popular belief, [#permalink]

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02 Nov 2011, 13:13
Come on, A cannot be right! total absent from alcohol has no correlation with moderate drinking, it's moderate drinking has correlation with good health. A is logically wrong. What's exactly the OA?
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03 Nov 2011, 08:33
I guess the answer is D. It clearly communicates the meaning of the sentence
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04 Jun 2016, 10:10
The OA is D. It from Kaplan 2015.

Why E is wrong? The use of "does" at the end is mandatory?
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that, contrary to popular belief, [#permalink]

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06 Jun 2016, 08:34
Mariwa wrote:
The OA is D. It from Kaplan 2015.

Why E is wrong? The use of "does" at the end is mandatory?

Yes, it is. Although it is allowed to omit repeated parts from the second element of a parallel structure, the omission is not allowed when the meaning is ambiguous. Without "does" at the end the sentence, there could be 2 possible meanings before omission (the blue font portions indicate the omitted parts from the second element of parallelism):

1. Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as it (abstinence) correlates with moderate drinking.
2. Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as moderate drinking correlates with good health.

The second one above is meant in this case and hence the usage of "does" is mandatory. The second sentence may also be written as (after removing the repeated part and replacing "correlates" with "does" to avoid repetition), the sentence becomes:
Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as moderate drinking correlates does with good health.
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Re: Recent surveys indicate that, contrary to popular belief, [#permalink]

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06 Jun 2016, 10:53
sayantanc2k wrote:
Mariwa wrote:
The OA is D. It from Kaplan 2015.

Why E is wrong? The use of "does" at the end is mandatory?

Yes, it is. Although it is allowed to omit repeated parts from the second element of a parallel structure, the omission is not allowed when the meaning is ambiguous. Without "does" at the end the sentence, there could be 2 possible meanings before omission (the blue font portions indicate the omitted parts from the second element of parallelism):

1. Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as it (abstinence) correlates with moderate drinking.
2. Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as moderate drinking correlates with good health.

The second one above is meant in this case and hence the usage of "does" is mandatory. The second sentence may also be written as (after removing the repeated part and replacing "correlates" with "does" to avoid repetition), the sentence becomes:
Total abstinence from alcohol does not correlate as strongly with good health as moderate drinking correlates does with good health.

Thanks! It makes sense to me now.
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