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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting

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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest
B. and all but the largest meteors
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors

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Imo. A

Meaning: The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope surrounding the earth and such formations protects the earth from cold (of space), harmful UV light and meteors (that are large, but not the largest).

The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest - Parallelism maintained and relative pronoun refers to the meteors and contrast information mentioned correctly with ellipsis. Seems no error, hold it.
B. and all but the largest meteors - Parallelism error, which distorts the meaning of the sentence.
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large - Meaning of the option is contradicting with original sentence (which is correct one).
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest - Idiom error, i.e. excepting is not preferred by the GMAC
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors - Parallelism error, which distorts the meaning of the sentence.
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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.



I would say C

gaseous envelope protecting earth from the cold, light, and meteors ...

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest -- we don't know what is the largest
B. and all but the largest meteors -- largest doesn't suit well
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large -- protect from most meteors except the large ones correct
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest -- awkward
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors-- need comma
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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

from the cold of space [noun phrase], harmful ultraviolet light [noun phrase] and [noun phrase] - only choice with noun phrase is choice A, C and D. However, the sentence after comma for A and D is awkward and doesn't show the intended meaning

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest - what is the largest ? not concise
B. and all but the largest meteors
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest - what is the largest ? not concise
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors

Therefore C is the correct answer.
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A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest....wordy
B. and all but the largest meteors.....correct
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large.......usage of Most and except doesn't fit here
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest...incorrect
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors....awkward



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Eliminated D and E due to obvious errors..
Eliminated C as it changes the meaning by introducing thee word 'most'
Between A and B- B seems to be more clear about the meaning.

Is the correct answer B?
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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest ----after 'and' there is a relative clause - Non -parallel.
B. and all but the largest meteors -- this is the correct choice, maintaining proper parallelism.
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large --change in the meaning--very large and the largest are not the same.
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest -- The third item of the list is unparallel because of the prepositional phrase.
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors-- 1. meaning is distorted by saying just meteors. It should be 'large meteors'. 2. with the exception of is wordy

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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest
Incorrect. There should be '...not the largest + NOUN' in order to be parallel with '...meteors'.

B. and all but the largest meteors
Correct

C. and most meteors, except those that are very large
Incorrect. "...those' is used here inappropriately.

D. and large meteors, excepting the largest
Incorrect. "...excepting the largest" should end with the noun to be parallel with meteors.

E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors
Incorrect. There should be '...with the exception of ' +NOUN.
Comma is not used appropriately.

The correct is B
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The atmosphere forms a gaseous envelope around the earth, protecting it from the cold of space, harmful ultraviolet light, and meteors that are large, but not the largest.

A. and meteors that are large, but not the largest
B. and all but the largest meteors
C. and most meteors, except those that are very large
D. and large meteors, excepting the largest
E. and with the exception of the largest, meteors


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Correct Answer: B

All of the other choices are unnecessarily wordy and/or less direct. Choices a and e also disrupt the parallel structure of the list. Choice e is also awkward.
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how parallelism is maintained in B ?
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