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# Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regener

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13 Jun 2020, 02:45
Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.

I don't understand why is it okay to have 'overcompensating' and 'growing an extra one or two' in parallel. In fact, people here seem to suggest that it would other wise be incorrect if these two elements were not written in parallel, as it is written in E.

I thought 'growing an extra one or two' is HOW starfish 'overcompensate', hence this sentence might be even better:

Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating, growing an extra one or two.

On another note, does not a comma-with behave similar to comma-ing, hence 'with the animal sometimes overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.' modifies 'it is quickly replaced' in the correct option?
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30 Jun 2020, 18:14
bitorbyte wrote:
Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.

I don't understand why is it okay to have 'overcompensating' and 'growing an extra one or two' in parallel. In fact, people here seem to suggest that it would other wise be incorrect if these two elements were not written in parallel, as it is written in E.

I thought 'growing an extra one or two' is HOW starfish 'overcompensate', hence this sentence might be even better:

Starfish, with anywhere from five to eight arms, have a strong regenerative ability, and if one arm is lost it is quickly replaced, with the animal sometimes overcompensating, growing an extra one or two.

On another note, does not a comma-with behave similar to comma-ing, hence 'with the animal sometimes overcompensating and growing an extra one or two.' modifies 'it is quickly replaced' in the correct option?

There are other problems with E so we are left with choice B which is not ideal but we have no other better option
1. they lose one arm ? - how can multiple starfish have one arm? it would have been better, if they had mentioned any arm.
2. sometimes with animal overcompensating and sometimes with something else? All the action is done by animals. so better version is with the animal sometimes overcompensating,
3. It is not ideal to say Xing and Ying when Y is result of X action, but it is not wrong still. e.g. Company was releasing offers and letting customer choose the best of it. is not wrong
4. Clause, with xx. Prepositional phrase after comma is modifying preceding clause. <it is quickly replaced > how ? it is quickly replaced ,with xyz. If no comma then it would modify action ( replaced). E.g. : replaced with prosthetic arm.

i hope it helps.
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20 Jul 2020, 09:24
Hello Experts! I am glad I got this question right but I find my reasoning for the eliminations of answer C,D and E quite vague and not concrete, I would love some feedback on it.

I eliminated options C,D,E for the usage of "they lose"--> Plural, followed by "the animal" --> singular.

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Hello Experts! I am glad I got this question right but I find my reasoning for the eliminations of answer C,D and E quite vague and not concrete, I would love some feedback on it.

I eliminated options C,D,E for the usage of "they lose"--> Plural, followed by "the animal" --> singular.

Thanks,

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