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# Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating

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Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate the snake as a symbol of resilience and healing.

(A) for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate
(B) for regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for the purpose of eliminating parasites, such as ticks and mites, causing ancient people to venerate
(C) so as to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and to eliminate parasites, such as ticks and mites, and these shed snake skins made ancient people venerate
(D) in order to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and for the purpose of eliminating parasites, such as ticks and mites, with ancient people venerating
(E) to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and to eliminate parasites, like ticks and mites, and these cause ancient people to venerate

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1) Split #1: listing examples. On the GMAT, it is forbidden to begin a list of examples with “like.” We need to use the idiom “such as.” In discussing the parasites, choices (A) & (E) make the mistake of using “like ticks and mites,” so these two are incorrect.

Split #2: the phrase “for the purpose of doing X” is a long wordy way to express purpose. It is grammatically & idiomatically correct, but probably a bit too wordy to be correct on the GMAT. Here, in both appearances, it is put in parallel with an ordinary “for” + [gerund] construction, which is never appropriate for showing purpose. Choice (A) has “for eliminating” and choice (B) has “for regenerating,” so both of these are incorrect.

After these two splits, we are left with (C) & (D). Choice (D) makes the questionable choice of putting an “in order to” phrase in parallel with a “for the purpose of” phrase; this is certainly wordy, and may be considered logically incorrect on the GMAT. The structure “with” + [gerund] in the second half of (D) is always incorrect on the GMAT. This combination is enough to eliminate (D).

By contrast, choice (C) has the elegant structure of two infinitives in parallel after the “so as” structure, and the second half is logical clear. Choice (C) is the best answer here.

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/the-infin ... orrection/
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16 Jul 2017, 07:07
Imo C
Original sentence contains multiple errors.

A does not have antecedent for pronoun this.
B is wordy and ing clause is wrong .
C is correct
D wordy and wrong use use of with
E no antecedent for pronoun these
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Hi Mahmud6,

While I appreciate you posting this question, and I have the utmost respect for Magoosh, even Ron from MGMAT said that he has never seen a correct answer with 'so as to' in the sentence. Not that it isn't possible, it just makes it unlikely. In this vein, I do not believe this is a great question.

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27 Sep 2017, 09:50
i have a question here ..Can we discard the answer choice B for incorrectly using present participle ..
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Snakes itself are not the cause of getting respect....Shedding of skin is the cause ..
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+C.

Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate the snake as a symbol of resilience and healing.

(A) for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate.
Wrong usage of like.
(B) for regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for the purpose of eliminating parasites, such as ticks and mites, causing ancient people to venerate.
Parallelism error.
(C) so as to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and to eliminate parasites, such as ticks and mites, and these shed snake skins made ancient people venerate. Correct.
(D) in order to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and for the purpose of eliminating parasites, such as ticks and mites, with ancient people venerating.
Change in meaning.
(E) to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and to eliminate parasites, like ticks and mites, and these cause ancient people to venerate.Wrong use of like.
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Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate the snake as a symbol of resilience and healing.

A. for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate

B. resulting in the regeneration of skin worn by ground contact and by the elimination of parasites, such as ticks and mites, making ancient people venerate

C. so as to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and to eliminate parasites, such as ticks and mites, and these shed snake skins made ancient people venerate

D. in order to regenerate skin worn by ground contact and for the purpose of eliminating parasites, such as ticks and mites, and ancient people venerated

E. thereby regenerating skin worn by ground contact and eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and causing ancient people to venerate

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Hi experts,
I came across following question in Mangoosh and was confused in between B and C.
I suspected B was wrong as in C there is a comma followed by So, and so does not have any DC, making option C completely wrong.
So even though B looked wrong I marked it as correct answer.
Actually, C turned out to be correct answer and I understood that "so as" is an idiom and its usage in the sentence is correct.

My query is usage of so as .. and comma. If we have comma and so then there has to be DC. It seems that my understand is wrong. Can someone pls explain?

Originally posted by nikhilbhide on 11 Nov 2017, 07:31.
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