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The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.

(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements

hello friends ,i applied the logic for parallel structure ,and selected the answer choices which have ,useful mainly for ........not for structures,so eliminate (C) and (D) ,but the answer doesnt use this reasoning ,please help in clarifying how to attack this problem .

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The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.

(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement----use of "their" is wrong
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement------I initially wanted to go for this one. But there is any issue here. There is no paralled word used for guaging. I mean had the sentence used "... not for checking the speed and path of its movment", then I think this option would have been correct.
(C) not the speed and path of its movement----Correct
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements---use of "their" is wrong
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements-----same reason as in B above.

hello friends ,i applied the logic for parallel structure ,and selected the answer choices which have ,useful mainly for ........not for structures,so eliminate (C) and (D) ,but the answer doesnt use this reasoning ,please help in clarifying how to attack this problem .

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The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.

(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements

hello friends ,i applied the logic for parallel structure ,and selected the answer choices which have ,useful mainly for ........not for structures,so eliminate (C) and (D) ,but the answer doesnt use this reasoning ,please help in clarifying how to attack this problem .

Sincere thanks in advance .

A & D are wrong for the use of "their" to refer the storm. D is wrong since "and not for" is needed to maintain the parallelism. Between B & E, E seems correct because B uses "the speed and path" where as it should be "the speed and the path" to refer the spped and path seperately.
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Hussain ,your logic has sense , for gauging needs parallel structure for ...ing,thanks for your explanation

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OA is (C) only .

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OA is (C) only .

I first chose B with the same thinking: parallelism

For X... not for Y.
But as you said, I would need an ING in the Y.

If you have a closer look at another possible structure:

For gauging X, not Y --> you will find a parallel structure
Don't know, just backsolving with the official answer given

If someone has a different point of view, I would like to see why is that the correct answer.

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are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for gauging the speed and the path of its movement. for gauging is implicitly attached in the sentence and either one can use

the entire for gaunging or two drop it fully . Makes Sense ???

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Yes...there is no paraller for gauging in the latter part of the statement...good one

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are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for gauging the speed and the path of its movement. for gauging is implicitly attached in the sentence and either one can use

the entire for gaunging or two drop it fully . Makes Sense ???


yes, it makes a lot of sense. thank you for your analysis.

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went with E. but thanks for the explanation

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Initially, I also picked E. Thanks for the explanation. C makes sense.

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initially i picked B here. BUT after reading Hussain's explanation i narrowed my choice down to C. for gauging needs to be paralleled in underlined part. C is the best choice
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The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.

(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements

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This is a tricky one :).

First off, let's start with the parallelism. 'The data...useful for 'Verb-ing' A & B, not C & D.' Notice how answer choice (A) places the preposition 'for' in front of C & D. We would only require the 'for' if there were a second verb. 'Gauging', however, refers to both sets of verbs. Thus, we can eliminate (A), (B), and (E). As for (D), notice 'their'. We are talking about a hurricane, which is singular, so 'its' is correct.


The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.
(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements
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Can anyone please explain me what "it" refers to in C ? If it refer to aeroplanes than it should be plural.

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Can anyone please explain me what "it" refers to in C ? If it refer to aeroplanes than it should be plural.


Its refers to storm's. Both are in possessive form. It can not refer to airplanes (Plural)
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The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.
(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements
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ChrisLele wrote:
This is a tricky one :).

First off, let's start with the parallelism. 'The data...useful for 'Verb-ing' A & B, not C & D.' Notice how answer choice (A) places the preposition 'for' in front of C & D. We would only require the 'for' if there were a second verb. 'Gauging', however, refers to both sets of verbs. Thus, we can eliminate (A), (B), and (E). As for (D), notice 'their'. We are talking about a hurricane, which is singular, so 'its' is correct.


The data collected by weather airplanes that fly into the heart of a hurricane are useful mainly for gauging the storm’s structure and strength, not for the speed and the path of their movement.
(A) not for the speed and the path of their movement
(B) not for the speed and path of its movement
(C) not the speed and path of its movement
(D) and not the speed and path of their movements
(E) and not for the speed and the path of its movements


Hi ChrisLele,

With all due respect, I don't agree with the above explanation.

Had the sentence been "Speedometer is used for checking the speed, not for checking the structure of the car" the sentence would have been correct IMO. The second verb+ing is just an ellipse.

Another example:
John writes a poem better than does Kevin. --> Here "writes" is ellipse in the second part of the sentence.

Please throw some light on my above statements.

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