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The coloration of insects can serve as camouflage, as in the

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The coloration of insects can serve as camouflage, as in the case of green insects that spend their lives in or near foliage, or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

a) or to warn predators, as in the case of insects colored in yellow and black, which often signals that it is poisonous.

b) or for warning predators, as in the case of insects that have yellow and black coloring, which often signals that it is poisonous.

c) or as a warning to predators, as in the case of insects bearing a combination of yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.

d) or as a predator's warning, as in the case of insects that are colored yellow and black, which often signals that they are poisonous.

e) or to warn predators, as in the case of yellow-and-black insects, which often signals that they are poisonous.


Chose C because of Parallel structure.

"serve as x or serve as y"

All other options can be easily eliminated based on the non parallel structure.


Hence, Answer is C

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The correct answer is C. The first verb phrase of the sentence "can serve as camouflage" must be parallel with what follows "or". In the original sentence, however, "can serve as camouflage" and "to warn predators" are not parallel. Choice A is incorrect because of faulty parallelism. Choice B is incorrect because of faulty parallelism. Choice D is parallel because it fits the construction "as X or as Y." However, choice D also contains the incorrect construction "predator's warning" instead of the better "warning to predators" (the warning is to the predators; it doesn't belong to the predators). D also incorrectly uses "which", which should refer only to the previous noun, not to an entire action or clause. Choice E is incorrect because of faulty parallelism.
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