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# Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may

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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close

A. ......
B. Though Saturn's rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
C. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
D. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
E. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance

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25 Mar 2013, 13:13
A. Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
"infact" is the wrong connector here, and "they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close" seems to say that the rings are composed of ice when viewed, not normally...
B. Though Saturn's rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
The part after the comma in not clear, again it seems to say that they are composed by ice when viewed up close, and not normally
C. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
The second comma is not necessary, and "when viewed up close they are..." has the same problem as A and B
D. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
IMO D
E. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance
"composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close" and if I don't see them, how are they?
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27 Mar 2013, 10:39
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Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close

A. ......
B. Though Saturn's rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
C. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
D. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
E. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance

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Comparison is between the appearance and the actual composition of the Saturn' rings.
IMO B should be the correct ans , not sure if D is the right ans.
Awaiting some more inputs..

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27 Mar 2013, 17:09
IMHO d ..

The in fact keyword when tied with when looked closer makes the choices - a, b, c, e

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27 Mar 2013, 20:22
Though viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings may appear to be smooth and continuous, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close

A. ......
B. Though Saturn's rings may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance, they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
C. Saturn's main rings, when viewed from a distance, may appear to be smooth and continuous, though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
D. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
E. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close, the main rings of Saturn may appear smooth and continuous when viewed from a distance

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I have one Q on this that in all options we are doing viewing in simple past and rings are appearing in simple present.
in option D ,It is written as

D. When viewed from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets

but I think
while viewing from a distance, Saturn's main rings appear smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets

OR
from a distance, Saturn's main rings appeared smooth and continuous, but closer viewing reveals them to be composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
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Hi tgt2012,

Question 1
Viewed in all options are verb ed modifiers, modifying the preceding noun "Saturn' main rings" the action verb here are "may appear" (simple present with modal) and "reveals" (simple present) and "are composed" (simple past).

Question 2
Difference in use of "while" and "when"

While - represents two actions happening simultaneously
While I was studying, Joe was singing,

When - represents time/periods
When I look at him, I feel so proud of his achievements

Question 3
You cannot use appeared, here verb ed is acting as an action verb in simple past tense. It is a fact which can be expressed by simple present only

Main question explanation
Options A, B and E are showing comparisons, if you understand the meaning clearly, we intend to bring in a contrast instead of a comparison.

Likewise Choice C is also comparing.

This leaves us with Choice D - which correctly contrasts with gerund "viewing" and also avoids use of "may" as Saturn's .... as a fact appears smooth.....always when viewed from a distance. Uses correct verb tense. both in simple present stating facts.

Other critical point to notice in all other options is that the meaning is distorted in all of them....how?

A. they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
B. they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets when viewed up close
C. though when viewed up close they are in fact composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets
E. Though composed of thousands of separate icy ringlets if viewed up close

saturn always have thousands of icy ringlets - irrespective of "if viewed close/though when viewed up close/when viewed up close" rather a close view only reveals the fact (no if or though)

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