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The U.S. Energy Department has already begun its much-awaited and well

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The U.S. Energy Department has already begun its much-awaited and well-planned endeavor to illuminate the remote villages of its states and the world, a project supported by government labs, private companies, and investors and consisted of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems.

A. consisted
B. will consist
C. consisting
D. are consisting
E. is consisting

the pattern here is about the usage of an adjective "be consisted of" vs a verb "consist of"
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The U.S. Energy Department has already begun its much-awaited and well-planned endeavor to illuminate the remote villages of its states and the world, a project supported by government labs, private companies, and investors and consisted of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems.

A. consisted
B. will consist
C. consisting
D. are consisting
E. is consisting

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

This is basically a good SC question. It has a clever double-layered parallel split:

. . . a project = noun, appositive phrase
outside parallelism, branch #1
supported by
(inside parallelism)
\\ government labs,
\\private companies,
and = conjunction linking the three branches of the inside parallelism
\\investors
and = conjunction linking the two branches of the outside parallelism
outside parallelism, branch #2
________ of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems

The first branch of the parallelism begins with a participle, a noun modifier, "supported." The second branch also needs to begin with a participle. We need the present active participle, "consisting." OA = (C)

Remember that the present participle is an active participle (e.g. "supporting") and the past participle is a passive participle ("supported"). The verb "consist" doesn't even have a passive form, so it doesn't have a past participle at all.

The two participle have different tense, but this is not a problem at all for parallel. Even full verbs in parallel can have different tenses. See
GMAT Grammar Rules: Parallelism and Verb Tenses

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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chesstitans wrote:
The U.S. Energy Department has already begun its much-awaited and well-planned endeavor to illuminate the remote villages of its states and the world, a project supported by government labs, private companies, and investors and consisted of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems.

A. consisted
B. will consist
C. consisting
D. are consisting
E. is consisting

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

This is basically a good SC question. It has a clever double-layered parallel split:

. . . a project = noun, appositive phrase
outside parallelism, branch #1
supported by
(inside parallelism)
\\ government labs,
\\private companies,
and = conjunction linking the three branches of the inside parallelism
\\investors
and = conjunction linking the two branches of the outside parallelism
outside parallelism, branch #2
________ of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems

The first branch of the parallelism begins with a participle, a noun modifier, "supported." The second branch also needs to begin with a participle. We need the present active participle, "consisting." OA = (C)

Remember that the present participle is an active participle (e.g. "supporting") and the past participle is a passive participle ("supported"). The verb "consist" doesn't even have a passive form, so it doesn't have a past participle at all.

The two participle have different tense, but this is not a problem at all for parallel. Even full verbs in parallel can have different tenses. See
GMAT Grammar Rules: Parallelism and Verb Tenses

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)


So, verb is better than an adjective?
"be consisted of" vs "consist of"

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chesstitans wrote:
The U.S. Energy Department has already begun its much-awaited and well-planned endeavor to illuminate the remote villages of its states and the world, a project supported by government labs, private companies, and investors and consisted of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems.

A. consisted
B. will consist
C. consisting
D. are consisting
E. is consisting

the pattern here is about the usage of an adjective "be consisted of" vs a verb "consist of"


With the usage of and we know that this is testing parallelism

a project supported by government labs, private companies, and investors and consisted of hundreds of wind and solar energy systems.

We need to make the verb-ed modifier (supported) parallel to a modifier after and. This can be done by using a verb-ing modifier (consisting).

Hence C

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