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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 all other sparrows.
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 all other sparrows
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 all other sparrows
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 all other sparrows
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 all other sparrows
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08 Dec 2006, 09:57
B also. Most parallel.

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 all other sparrows
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08 Dec 2006, 19:31
Researchers have discovered a new species of sparrow

Option B

that lives only in cypress groves,[that] is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and [that] has coloring completely different from that of all other sparrows

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08 Dec 2006, 20:15
Swagatalakshmi wrote:
Anybody for a structural deconstruction ?

I wish I could. I rely entirely on what sounds right to me. I often find myself reading the sentence out loud. I know I need to get rid of that before the exam..
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08 Dec 2006, 20:34
OK. Here's my (ir)rationale...

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 all other sparrows.

Indicates incorrectly that the discovery was based on the berries.

C)living only in cypress groves, [color=red]is [/color]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

D & E seemed awkward.

So B.
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08 Dec 2006, 23:22
B was my answer. Pronoun issue w/whose.
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and whose coloring is completely different from all other sparrows

"whose" should be referring to sparrrows. What "whose" references is unclear. "trees", "vine", "berries" also precede whose and can all be whose's antecedent.

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.
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09 Dec 2006, 23:14
OA is B! Thanks!
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