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Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

all options having mistake of semi colon , so choose the best one which is B
I agree with all members on the rule that ICs are seperated by ';' and every IC should contain subject verb agreement .
but this common rule is broken in all options.

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Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

(a) as it is from the above
(b) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce
(c) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and they indirectly help to produce
(d) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help producing
(e) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees: indirectly helping the producing of

The confusion regarding the use of semicolon in this sentence is very valid. So far, we have seen construction in which semicolons are always followed by independent clauses. However, here we have phrases that are connected through semicolon. In fact, in this sentence semicolons have been used as comma to separate various entities in a parallel. This does not mean that semicolon will not perform the earlier function anymore.

In this sentence, we have too many commas because every entity in the parallel list has three examples. If there were commas all across the sentence, it would be little cumbersome to identify the entities in the parallel list. then Hence, use of semicolon becomes imperative here to distinguish between the examples of a particular entity and the next entity in the parallel list.

Needless to say that option B is the correct answer because this is the only choice with all parallel entities in the list – aiding…; pollinating…; and helping….

Now use of colon in choice E is not correct because after the first entity there is a semicolon and this must be maintained throughout.

Hope this helps.
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So, does this mean that there is no hard and fast rule for using the semi-colon?? Aren't there many sentences out there with a lot of commas? or a big list??

This is confusing :(
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There are two uses of semi-colon:
1) If two independent clauses are closely related, then in such a case we use semi-colon to separate the two clauses and not period.
2) If there is a list and if in that list again there are entities separated by comma, then it would be quite difficult to separate the items of list and entities. For such cases, usage of semi-colon becomes a necessity.

Apart from these two cases, there is no other usage of semi-colon.
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I chose E and believe that for semicolon containing parts it is more important to stay independent rathet than to be parallel. Parallelism kills independency. Write, if I'm wrong

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Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

(a) as it is from the above
(b) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce
(c) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and they indirectly help to produce
(d) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help producing
(e) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees: indirectly helping the producing of

I chose (d).
I thought when semicolon is used, an independent clause should be followed after. Thus, (a), (b), (c) were excluded from the list per my thought.

I guess a semicolon can be used to list certain items to make a sentence parallel. Am I right?


First of all, "colon or semi-colon" should not be the first question to ask. The first thing you should react on is parallelism: you have to use present participle. That's why the correct answer is one of A or B. So we are FORCED to use semi-colon. A is wrong because "and indirectly help" breaks the parallel structure, B upholds it by correctly using the present participle "helping". So B is correct

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Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants

A. pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce
B. pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce...imo correct ans... all clauses are parallel....
C pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and they indirectly help to produce
D they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help producing
E they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; indirectly helping the producing of

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The semicolon can also be used as a comma. TO understand the reason of such usage, we can notice that if we used commas, the sentence would be confusing, because there are already a few commas in the sentence.
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In the 2016 OG explanations - options D & E are NOT ruled out for the construction "they pollinate banana, breadfruit... etc.".

OG explanation says that (E) "maintains parallelism throughout" (but that the construction "helping the producing" is incorrect).

How does (E) maintain parallelism throughout?

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Also, I hear that GMAT does not test punctuation. Is that true?
Punctuation does give good hints on the structure of a sentence. But just like wordiness, punctuation is an elimination of last resort on the GMAT.

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Also, I hear that GMAT does not test punctuation. Is that true?
Punctuation does give good hints on the structure of a sentence. But just like wordiness, punctuation is an elimination of last resort on the GMAT.


Yes, I have not seen any question on GMAT that is wrong solely because of wrong punctuation. Generally there are other mistakes in a wrong choice.

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Here, I looked at construction of list one, and attempted to do the same in list 2, and list 3. An easy way to do this is read the third list without the first two, and reconstruct how it should work. B is the only one that makes logical sense

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A minor use of the semicolon is to separate items that themselves contain commas.

Wrong: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire, Wow, Owls, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Right: I listen to Earth, Wind & Fire; Wow, Owls; and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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SPLIT1) PARALLELISM. HARD TO FIND BUT YOU MUST SEE IT. "AIDING", "POLLINATING" AND "HELPING" MUST BE IN PARALLEL. A,C, D AND E ARE OUT.

SPLIT2) IN E, "HELPING THE PRODUCING" SOUNDS WEIRD. MY QUESTION HERE IS WHETHER HELPING + INFINITIVE "TO" IS THE RULE AND WOULD MAKE IT RIGHT. I DONT THINK THIS IS CORRECT GRAMMAR.

NOTE ON THE SEMICOLON. THE USE OF THE SEMICOLON IS NOT A SPLIT IN THIS QUESTION. THE USE OF SEMICOLON IS CORRECT BECAUSE THE RULES OF SEMICOLON. A SEMICOLON CAN BE USED TO LINK LISTS WHERE THE ITEMS CONTAIN COMMAS TO AVOID CONFUSION BETWEEN LIST ITEMS. ALSO, SEMICOLON CAN BE USED TO LINK LENGTHY CLAUSES OR CLAUSES WITH COMMAS TO AVOID CONFUSION BETWEEN THE CLAUSES.

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I feel like both B and D are correct. I will appreciate if someone could provide the explanation as why Choice (D) is wrong. We know that semicolon is used either in lists or in connecting independent but related clauses.

Choice B no doubt follows the list rule as well as parallelism. But IMO, choice D also does the same. Please see below

Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; --This is one independent Clause.

they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help producing ---- This choice also follows list rule as well Parallelism. Pollinate working verb is parallel to Help working verb. In addition to this, list rules is also justified - pollinate {x,y,and z}; and help {x).

Please advise if my understanding is wrong here and appreciate the reasoning behind it.

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Hi ankurarora,
the first item of this list starts with "aiding",hence,we need all other items in v-ing form.
Moreover,this list is to explain the how tropical bats are important in this specific ecosystem

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