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# Skunks primarily eat fresh plants and animal material, but augmenting

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Skunks primarily eat fresh plants and animal material, but augmenting their diet by scavenging for human garbage and roadkill.

A. but augmenting
B. and have augmented
C. and even though they augment
D. although they augment
E. but with augmenting

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07 Jul 2016, 06:14
its D

A and D are contenders

we need to show contrast, which only D does properly.

In Choice A the contrast is not proper.
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Skunks primarily eat fresh plants and animal material, but augmenting their diet by scavenging for human garbage and roadkill.

A. but augmenting
B. and have augmented
C. and even though they augment
D. although they augment
E. but with augmenting

'But' indicates that we need to show contrast.

Additionally, 'but' preceded by ',' needs to have independent sentence.

A. but augmenting. Not a complete independent sentence.
B. and have augmented. Sentence must be in present tense as we are presenting a fact
C. and even though they augment. contrast is needed
D. although they augment. correct choice
E. but with augmenting. not a complete sentence .
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Skunks primarily eat fresh plants and animal material, but augmenting their diet by scavenging for human garbage and roadkill.

A. but augmenting
B. and have augmented
C. and even though they augment
D. although they augment
E. but with augmenting

Okay I do get why D is the answer. But the sentence in D should be 'they DO augment' - this would build the contrast in properly. 'Although' is not as direct as 'but' - it usually signals an existing contrast/ contradiction.
I picked B as it seems like a logical and tense based progression "Skunks primarily eat X and Y AND HAVE augmented their diet by A and B" : please let me know the flaw in the reasoning. B still reads more logically than D.
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In B, why will one use a present tense for one activity and present perfect for the second act when both happen simultaneously? These are inherent habits and therefore have to be expressed with present tense. Secondly, both activates are not equal functions. Eating is the primary action and augmenting is an auxiliary action. The supplementary action has to be always presented in a subordinate clause or in a modifier. Therefore, B is stylistically inferior in the context.
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Hi Madhavi1990, as daagh sir has pointed out, it is clear from the intended meaning of the sentence that it is a generally true (timeless) fact that Skunks augment their diet by scavenging for human garbage and roadkill.

In such generally true conditions, simple present tense (as used in option D) is the most appropriate (rather than present perfect tense as used in B).

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