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# The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake causing the collap

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The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake, causing the collapse of several homes, massive power outages, tearing apart construction projects, and widespread business closures.

a) tearing apart construction projects

b) the tearing apart of construction projects

c) tore apart construction projects

d) construction projects torn apart

e) construction projects that were torn apart

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18 Nov 2014, 13:04
Only B is correct. Parallelism: causing X, Y, Z and W. All must be parallel. B uses noun phrase "the tearing apart of construction projects" correctly.

The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake, causing the collapse of several homes, massive power outages, tearing apart construction projects, and widespread business closures.

a) tearing apart construction projects
Wrong. Verb-ing modifier --> Parallelism problem.

b) the tearing apart of construction projects
CORRECT.

c) tore apart construction projects
Wrong. --> Parallelism problem.

d) construction projects torn apart
Wrong. Verb-ed modifier --> Parallelism problem.

e) construction projects that were torn apart
Wrong. E uses clause --> Parallelism problem.

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25 Jul 2017, 11:04
Straight B as we need a noun considering it is a list of noun. Hence, usage of "of construction projects" is correct.

Answer is B
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09 Mar 2018, 08:52
B and D are closed but the meaning in D is awkward.
"the causing..." sounds no good.
I do not remember whether OG has such structure, but gmat does not like "the" + V-ing
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Isn't "the tearing of " awkward ?
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Isn't "the tearing of " awkward ?

Answer lies in identifying the list. here list is causing 1. the collapse of several homes, 2. massive power outages, 3. tearing apart construction projects, and 4. widespread business closures.

all must be noun phrases. B is only one satisfying this need.
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The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake, causing the collapse of several homes, massive power outages, tearing apart construction projects, and widespread business closures.

a) tearing apart construction projects

b) the tearing apart of construction projects

c) tore apart construction projects

d) construction projects torn apart

e) construction projects that were torn apart

Hi @daag Sir

I have a question between the tearing and tearing .
If in original choice we include of after apart i.e tearing apart of construction projects will it be correct ?
Please explain placing the before present participle .

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aashu4uiit wrote:
The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake, causing the collapse of several homes, massive power outages, tearing apart construction projects, and widespread business closures.

a) tearing apart construction projects

b) the tearing apart of construction projects

c) tore apart construction projects

d) construction projects torn apart

e) construction projects that were torn apart

nound // verb-in of noun. hence, B.
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The tornado left a path of destruction in its wake, causing the collapse of several homes, massive power outages, tearing apart construction projects, and widespread business closures.

a) tearing apart construction projects

b) the tearing apart of construction projects

c) tore apart construction projects

d) construction projects torn apart

e) construction projects that were torn apart
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Onlu B maintains parallelism
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06 Nov 2018, 19:08
One easy way to identify the answer is, take the term "causing the" and try to fit all availale choices into it.
Only Option-B "causing the tearing apart of construction projects" is logical and makes complete sense.
Hence choose that.

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06 Nov 2018, 20:20
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BARUAH wrote:
Isn't "the tearing of " awkward ?

Answer lies in identifying the list. here list is causing 1. the collapse of several homes, 2. massive power outages, 3. tearing apart construction projects, and 4. widespread business closures.

all must be noun phrases. B is only one satisfying this need.

Thanks aragonn .

The tearing apart of construction is the noun phrase.
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