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Researchers have discovered a new species of sparrow that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from all other sparrows.
A that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows in cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from
B that lives only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and has coloring completely different from that of
c living only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from
d that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from that of
e living only in cypress groves, depending almost wholly on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and having coloring completely different than

Please explain why choice B is preferred over choice D
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09 May 2011, 21:26
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Researchers have discovered a new species of sparrow that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from all other sparrows.
A that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows in cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from
B that lives only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and has coloring completely different from that of
c living only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from
d that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from that of
e living only in cypress groves, depending almost wholly on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and having coloring completely different than

Please explain why choice B is preferred over choice D

Yes this one is a bit tricky...
WE should eliminate (E) because we should use DIFFERS FROM
WE should eliminate (A) and (C ) because WE need THAT OF to compare coloring to coloring and NOT coloring to sparrows
WE are left with (B) and (D)..

(B) does observe parallelism..
(1) lives only in cypress groves (VERB)
(2) is almost wholly... (VERB)
(3) and has coloring (VERB)

(D) goes like this
(1) lives only in cypress groves (VERB)
(2) almost wholly dependent (ADJECTIVE)
(3) whose coloring is completely different (CLAUSE)
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09 May 2011, 21:32
A very classy example of parallelism this is.

Choices A,C and E miss the that of comparison structure. POE.

Between B and D,

the structure is - Researchers have discovered a new species of sparrow that -
lives only in cypress groves,
is//almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type
whose/ has coloring completely different from that of

You can clearly see the usage of Linking Verb here which makes the individual clauses parallel after the 'that' in the main clause.

Hence B.
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