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# The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and

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The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowered by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

C broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

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13 Oct 2008, 09:11
Needs to be parrallel eliminate A, B and D

Leaves C, E. Don't really like either of them. But I would have to go with C.

E, Creates a list including "hissing...broadening...feignings....will fall over and play dead," which would not be parralell. So the list needs to stop after "feining," you can do that by placing an "and" between "does....feigning". Then treating the final clause as a stand along descriptor of the snake.
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13 Oct 2008, 09:18
C for me

but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom.....

need the "it"
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14 Oct 2008, 23:55
spriya wrote:
The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowered by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

C broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

OA is unknown !! i saw this question in MGMAT questions!!

I will go with "B"
I feel the question is based on the concept of list "broadens" is parrallel with "puts"
and then between "A" and "B" i selected "B" because "having" in "A" is wrong..
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i'll go with B, it makes broadens, feigns parallel to puts
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15 Oct 2008, 08:45
Read the explanations. It's pretty clear that the answer is C (I went with B as well).
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15 Oct 2008, 09:08
From the grammar standpoint, I think all are incorrect but the best of the rot is C.
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21 Oct 2008, 19:31

Yes rightly even i found this the best !!!
actually the logic is X puts impressio by A-ing,B-ing and C-ings

the and used above is present only in C .....
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23 Oct 2008, 03:25
I saw this in GMATPrep and OA is indeed C.

broadening and feigning are ||el to hissing. Also the clause with but follows its own ||elism
has no dangerous fangs and no venom both are nouns.
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02 Aug 2016, 23:37
spriya wrote:
The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowered by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

A broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but having no dangerous fangs and no venom,

B broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,

C broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

D broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

E broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

OA is unknown !! i saw this question in MGMAT questions!!

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The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but, having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

(A) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but, having no dangerous fangs and no venom,
(B) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom,
(C) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
(D) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and
(E) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and

FIRST OF ALL THIS IS NOT A TEST OF PARALLELISM. FORGET ABOUT MAKING PHRASES OR CLAUSES PARALLEL. YOU CANNOT DO IT FROM ANY GIVEN OPTION. EITHER A,B,C,D,E.

This one is quite a funky one, Checking for parallelism is a forlorn exercise in this sentence.
The hognose snake PUTS on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, BROADENS the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, FEIGNS repeated strikes, but, having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

Since hissing and rearing back is bound by commas on either side therefore it is used to provide extra information, it can be seen as a parenthetical term and can be ignored.
NOW If this was a test of parallelism then PUTS, BROADENS, FEIGNS have better parallelism.
BUT if hissing and rearing back are included then in that case PUTS, HISSING, BROADENING, FEIGNING cannot be parallel. (Correct option C uses these verb forms)
So PARALLELISM is NOT BEING TESTED in this sentence.

In this sentence knowledge of conjunctions and their rules is being tested.
Every option except option C is incorrect because they do not have a clear subject after the conjunction "but"

(A) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but, having no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.
WRONG:- subject missing.
after "but" there is no subject in the second clause

(B) broadens the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.
WRONG:- subject missing.
after "but" there is no subject in the second clause

(C) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes, but it has no dangerous fangs and no venom, and eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.
CORRECT:-Has a proper subject "it" in the second clause. "it" refers to the hognose snake

(D) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigns repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.
WRONG:- subject missing.
after "but" there is no subject in the second clause

(E) broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does, feigning repeated strikes, but with no dangerous fangs and no venom, and eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.
WRONG:- subject missing.
after "but" there is no subject in the second clause

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