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# The sugar maples give us syrup in March, a display of beautiful

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The sugar maples give us syrup in March, a display of beautiful flowers in spring, and their foliage is spectacular in October.

(A) their foliage is spectacular in October.
(B) spectacularly, their foliage changes color in October.
(C) has spectacular foliage in October.
(D) spectacular foliage in October.
(E) October foliage that is spectacular in orange and red.
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09 May 2017, 00:38
The sugar maples give us syrup in March, a display of beautiful flowers in spring, and their foliage is spectacular in October.

Sugar maples give us A, B and C. This should be the format.

(A) their foliage is spectacular in October. ('their' should not come)
(B) spectacularly, their foliage changes color in October. (changes meaning)
(C) has spectacular foliage in October. (no need of has)
(D) spectacular foliage in October. (clear choice and hence the answer)
(E) October foliage that is spectacular in orange and red. (not given in the question stem)
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09 May 2017, 01:36
The sugar maples give us
1. syrup in March,
2. a display of beautiful flowers in spring, and
3. their foliage is spectacular in October.

We have a list of three items, the third of which is underlined.

(A) their foliage is spectacular in October.
their a plural pronoun, has a singular verb
(B) spectacularly, their foliage changes color in October.
changes the intended meaning of the sentence, because the underlined part of the sentence doesnt talk about the foliage changing color
(C) has spectacular foliage in October.
improper usage of has
(D) spectacular foliage in October.
(E) October foliage that is spectacular in orange and red.
Changes the meaning of the sentence.
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26 Feb 2019, 01:46
rohan2345 wrote:
The sugar maples give us syrup in March, a display of beautiful flowers in spring, and their foliage is spectacular in October.

(A) their foliage is spectacular in October.
(B) spectacularly, their foliage changes color in October.
(C) has spectacular foliage in October.
(D) spectacular foliage in October.
(E) October foliage that is spectacular in orange and red.

OFFICIAL EXPLANATION:

D. This sentence-correction question has a parallelism problem. You know this because the underlined portion is a part of a list of elements joined by a conjunction and not all the elements in the list exhibit the same construction. The third element is expressed as a clause, and the other elements are noun phrases. Because the sentence contains an error, you know Choice (A) is wrong. Choices (B) and (C) don’t change the clause to a phrase. Although Choice (E) is a noun phrase, its construction is unnecessarily wordy: foliage that is spectacular versus spectacular foliage. Choice (E) also introduces new information (the colors orange and red), which alters the original sentence. Choice (D) maintains parallel construction without adding unnecessary words, so it’s the correct answer.
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