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Though trained in Sweden, the renowned doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.

A. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
B. has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
C. having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done
D.growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing
E. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did
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A. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did - Incorrect - Parallelism error

B. has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did - Incorrect - Parallelism error + there should have been a comma after 'and'

C. having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done - Incorrect - Reason similar to option C and usage of having makes the sentence awkward.

D.growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing - Correct - All elements are parallel. Comma is used correctly to separate the elements.

E. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did - Incorrect - Again the elements are not parallel.

Answer: D
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22 Mar 2016, 08:50
D looks promising. The others have broken structures and parallelism errors.
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17 Apr 2016, 07:19
There is a post on the same question (slightly different wording - using "Although" instead of "Though").

http://gmatclub.com/forum/although-trained-in-sweden-the-renowned-doctor-has-spent-most-of-her-199714.html
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27 Aug 2017, 10:53
hi, I don't clearly understand what is wrong with A - what parallel elements does it break?
And for D;I understand that present continuous is parallel + comma placement --> but I wanted to know what corrections D made over A

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Though trained in Sweden, the renowned doctor has spent most of her life in Africa, grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did graduate work in the Congo and Zimbabwe.

A. grew up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
--> Has spent,grew,attended,did ; parallelism issue :Incorrect

B. has grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, has attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, did
Has spent,Has grown,has attended,did ; parallelism issue :Incorrect
C. having grown up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attended prep school in Namibia, and after college and medical school in Sweden, having done
IC,-ing Modifier,Has attended,did ; parallelism issue :Incorrect
D.growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, doing
IC,-ing Modifier1,-ing modifeir2, Ing modifier3 : Correct
E. growing up in Kenya as the eldest of a missionary couple’s six children, attending prep school in Namibia, and, after college and medical school in Sweden, she did
IC,modifier1,modifier2,IC : 2 IC's joined by ',' Incorrect structure

Pls. comment.
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01 Sep 2017, 03:00
None of the explanations looks convincing to prefer D over A
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31 Oct 2017, 02:48
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None of the explanations looks convincing to prefer D over A

Look, in A introducing of Africa is continued with the same African story, so rest of the story cannot be parallel with beginning.

in D, rest of the story just explains the beginner, so it is parallel each other but not parallel with beginning

that is why D
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21 Aug 2018, 20:49
In this type of parallelism/sentence construction problem, you need to isolate what structures need to be parallel.

To start, you need to use the participial structure (growing or having grown) - what follows the word “Africa” is helping us understand better how she spent most of her life on the continent. These are not separate things – she did not spend most of her life in Africa, AND grew up in Kenya, AND attended prep school in Namibia…these are just modifiers to help you understand how she has spent most of her life in Africa.

Also, there is an illogical mixing of the simple past and present perfect tenses in series that follows. (C) contains a bungled series – you cannot say “having grown, attended, and having done”. It would have to be “having grown, attended, and done” or “having grown, having attended, and having done.”

(D) uses the proper “ing” participial structure and is perfectly parallel: “growing…attending…and doing”.

(E) has another bungled series: “growing, attending, and she did”.

Correct answer is (D).
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