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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

Meaning and analysis:
The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor but rather (is ) a kind of nuclear battery
"in which atoms are actively broken apart" -> is a modifier modifying nuclear reactor
that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power -> is a modifier modifying nuclear battery

(A) apart; rather -> rather is a conjunction and cannot be used with a Semi colon. Semi colon joins two Clauses.

(B) apart, but rather -> Correct

(C) apart, but rather that of
Comparing nuclear reactor with "that" of battery. Not sure what is referred by "That"

(D) apart, but that of
Comparing nuclear reactor with "that" of battery. Not sure what is referred by "That"

(E) apart: it is that of
1) Normally, colon is used to provide examples or long fragments in the list. I think, semi colon would have been appropriate
2) Comparing nuclear reactor with "that" of battery. Not sure what is referred by "That"
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in "but rather" rather is used to intensify "but".
rather is not a conjuction which connect two words of the same kind.

rather than , is , a conjuction.
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If in A we had: "apart, rather" or "apart rather", meaning without the semicolon, were these still wrong?

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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

Issues: Idiom | Comparison

Analysis:
1. In this sentence, two sources of energy are compared.
2. The construction of sentence should be "... not X but rather Y", where X and Y should be comparable entities such as "a nuclear reactor" and "a kind of nuclear battery"

(A) apart; rather
- Clause connected via semi-colon should be independent, whereas in this case, second clause is not independent

(B) apart, but rather

(C) apart, but rather that of
- "That of" creates meaning issue

(D) apart, but that of
- "That of" creates meaning issue

(E) apart: it is that of
- No contract is created by this option. A conjunction to create contrast is necessary here to coney proper meaning.

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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

(A) apart; rather
(B) apart, but rather
(C) apart, but rather that of
(D) apart, but that of
(E) apart: it is that of
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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

(A) apart; rather
(B) apart, but rather
(C) apart, but rather that of
(D) apart, but that of
(E) apart: it is that of

Clear winner B

A - can be a trap, but in A as contrast is not there sentence looks like is still talking about the nuclear reator.

Hence, Answer is B
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Do we need that here?
Is not rather and but redundant?
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B is correct - This sentence is grammatical and logically coherent. The contrast is clearly drawn in the construction not a nuclear reactor . . . , but rather a kind of nuclear battery.
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Answer choice 'B' is correct - The contrast is clearly drawn in the construction not a nuclear reactor . . . , but rather a kind of nuclear battery.
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Not X but Y is correct idiom. My question is why but + rather is not considered as redundant? If we want to use rather, then rather + than is required.

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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

(A) apart; rather
(B) apart, but rather
(C) apart, but rather that of
(D) apart, but that of
(E) apart: it is that of


A is run on or comma splice meaning because the second sentence is not independent
B correct semicolon is removed and conjunction is added
C that of is not required we are comparing two reactors
D again that of is wrong
E colon is wrong it is ambiguous .
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The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

(A) apart; rather
(B) apart, but rather
(C) apart, but rather that of
(D) apart, but that of
(E) apart: it is that of

The simple solution to this is:
1. The energy source is either a reactor or a battery. not that of a battery. We can ruthlessly dismiss C, D, and E.
Between A and B; A is wrong because A is a fragment as it is displaying a phrase rather than IC after the semicolon. B is the winner.
I don't think there is any need to unnecessarily indulge in other splits, or meanings etc
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But rather is correct.
Note: But and rather, when used together, are not redundant. But shows contrast whereas rather shows preference.
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bmwhype2 wrote:
The energy source on Voyager 2 is not a nuclear reactor, in which atoms are actively broken apart; rather a kind of nuclear battery that uses natural radioactive decay to produce power.

(A) apart; rather
(B) apart, but rather
(C) apart, but rather that of
(D) apart, but that of
(E) apart: it is that of


rather is adverb not a conjuction which connect two similar word/entities. but is conjuction. rather can suplement the meaning to "but". in choice b, we can eliminate "rather". this is a key to solve this problem.

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