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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
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16 Jun 2009, 08:50
Is the Correct Option C???

"Hissing and rearing" sounds parallel to "broadening and feigning"

Wats the OA?
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16 Jun 2009, 09:46
Test of parallelism.

Clearly it is between C and E.

In E, and is required before the stating the last item the snake does to bluff ...bluff, hissing and rearing back, broadening the flesh behind its head the way a cobra does and feigning repeated strikes...

So, it is C IMO
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Clearly C.

The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back,_____ eventually, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, will fall over and play dead.

(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

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

E is incorrect because Hissing, rearing, broadening the flesh and feigning repeated strikes are some of the visible features of the snake. After discussing this group of characteristics, the author moves on to fangs and venom. Since 'feigning repeated strikes' is the snakes last feature in this category, it is separated by 'and' from the rest.
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16 Jun 2009, 11:38
I am really confused with this one..

doesn't C requires comma before and feigning.
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16 Jun 2009, 23:17
Hi all, OA is C. Thanks for the inputs
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26 Jul 2010, 12:03
Lots of things going on here.
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26 Jul 2010, 12:37
sudeep wrote:
I am really confused with this one..

doesn't C requires comma before and feigning.

It is not necessary to have a comma before "and" in a list. For example, it is acceptable to say: mice, cats and dogs. I am not sure if this is tested in GMAT world, however.
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I am really confused with this one..

doesn't C requires comma before and feigning.

It is not necessary to have a comma before "and" in a list. For example, it is acceptable to say: mice, cats and dogs. I am not sure if this is tested in GMAT world, however.

i dont agree with you.
gmat always puts a comma before and in a list of more than 2 elements.

The thing in C is that we dont need a comma because the list is of 2 elements: [hissing and rearing], [broadening and feigning].

Hope that helps!
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28 Aug 2010, 06:33
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lagomez wrote:
sudeep wrote:
I am really confused with this one..

doesn't C requires comma before and feigning.

It is not necessary to have a comma before "and" in a list. For example, it is acceptable to say: mice, cats and dogs. I am not sure if this is tested in GMAT world, however.

i dont agree with you.
gmat always puts a comma before and in a list of more than 2 elements.

The thing in C is that we dont need a comma because the list is of 2 elements: [hissing and rearing], [broadening and feigning].

Hope that helps!

Either method in a list of three elements is perfectly okay in English grammar. GMAT does commonly put the comma, however, knowing official grammar rules is always better.

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28 Aug 2010, 08:59
The snake puts on an impressive bluff,..................., but it has not dangerous fangs and venom --> is the right construction because we need to show contrast.

hissing and rearing back, broadening the flesh and feigning repeated strikes --> parallel.

Lets look at the options.

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 - CORRECT
(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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23 Jul 2013, 03:14
The second part of the sentence is a complete clause so you need "and" so that rules out A and B.

Between C, D and E its parallelism ... C wins!
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23 Jul 2013, 04:21
fozzzy wrote:
The second part of the sentence is a complete clause so you need "and" so that rules out A and B.

Between C, D and E its parallelism ... C wins!

hi,

use of IT is necessary for the option to be correct.
because after BUT..a new independent clause needs a subject.

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
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23 Jul 2013, 09:01
blueseas wrote:
fozzzy wrote:
The second part of the sentence is a complete clause so you need "and" so that rules out A and B.

Between C, D and E its parallelism ... C wins!

hi,

use of IT is necessary for the option to be correct.
because after BUT..a new independent clause needs a subject.

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

Is "IT" refering to cobra or hognose snake? How can you tell?
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23 Jul 2013, 09:50
"it" over here has to refer to the snake. Based on the context of the sentence there are two things going on... First, the hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff....
Second part, if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance, it will fall over dead and play.

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fozzzy wrote:
The second part of the sentence is a complete clause so you need "and" so that rules out A and B.

Between C, D and E its parallelism ... C wins!

hi,

use of IT is necessary for the option to be correct.
because after BUT..a new independent clause needs a subject.

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

Is "IT" refering to cobra or hognose snake? How can you tell?

The complete C is:

The hognose snake puts on an impressive bluff, hissing and rearing back, 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,[if its pursuer is not cowed by the performance,] will fall over and play dead.

I highlighted blue color the second part of the sentence to clarify pronoun "IT". The non-underlined part is "will fall over and play dead" <== "the hognose" cannot fall over and play dead, only the snake does.

Hope it helps.
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23 Jul 2013, 12:12
C.

a and B has parallelism error

D and E - , But... sentence is independent clause.. so it should have Subject and verb.... that is why i picked C... is this the correct reasons..
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AMITAGARWAL2 wrote:
C.

a and B has parallelism error

D and E - , But... sentence is independent clause.. so it should have Subject and verb.... that is why i picked C... is this the correct reasons..

that is absolutely correct.
but better is know all the error present in the sentence.
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23 Sep 2013, 16:01
Why does C have a comma after venom? It's clear that the and after that comma will connect the working verb "has" with "fall over" and "play". :S
Is it necessary that comma? It is confusing because it seems they want to include a new clause :S
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25 Oct 2013, 12:25
Choice C should have comma before and feigning

Impressive bluff
Hissing and rearing
,and Feigning

Plz explain !!!!
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