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Re: Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest [#permalink]

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New post 31 Jul 2017, 13:00
Definitely a trick used by GMAC here, to test on not so known information about "semicolons"

As Manhattan says: a minor use of the semicolon is to separate items that themselves contain commas

So I think there are two things to keep in mind when it comes to semicolons:

1. Used to connect two independent clauses
2. Used to present a list that involves number of comma's to separate the items in the list

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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
(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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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?



I understand how option B is correct is correct taking into consideration that semicolons can also be used when there are lists within lists or when too many commas have been used.

Now, w.r.t to this rule, can someone please explain why is option D wrong. As I see it, the second semicolon correctly joins 2 independent clauses and the 3 semicolon correctly joins two lists as there are lists within these lists inside the second clause.

Also, the meaning of the sentence doesnot change as the lists in option B describes how bats help. In option D, the first list does d same as do the lists after the 2nd semicolon.

Expecting an explanation by an expert.

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aviejay wrote:
uledssul wrote:
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
(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

OG2018 SC#692

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?



I understand how option B is correct is correct taking into consideration that semicolons can also be used when there are lists within lists or when too many commas have been used.

Now, w.r.t to this rule, can someone please explain why is option D wrong. As I see it, the second semicolon correctly joins 2 independent clauses and the 3 semicolon correctly joins two lists as there are lists within these lists inside the second clause.

Also, the meaning of the sentence doesnot change as the lists in option B describes how bats help. In option D, the first list does d same as do the lists after the 2nd semicolon.

Expecting an explanation by an expert.

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In D the three actions compared are not parallel in forms.
aiding in the dispersal is not parallel with they pollinate banana... and help producing tequila ...
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aviejay wrote:
uledssul wrote:
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
(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

OG2018 SC#692

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?



I understand how option B is correct is correct taking into consideration that semicolons can also be used when there are lists within lists or when too many commas have been used.

Now, w.r.t to this rule, can someone please explain why is option D wrong. As I see it, the second semicolon correctly joins 2 independent clauses and the 3 semicolon correctly joins two lists as there are lists within these lists inside the second clause.

Also, the meaning of the sentence doesnot change as the lists in option B describes how bats help. In option D, the first list does d same as do the lists after the 2nd semicolon.

Expecting an explanation by an expert.

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In D the three actions compared are not parallel in forms.
aiding in the dispersal is not parallel with they pollinate banana... and help producing tequila ...



In D, why do we need to consider parallelism between aiding in the dispersal and they pollinate banana? As I have mentioned earlier, we can treat they pollinate banana...as a separate clause altogether. In that case, parallelism is not required between " aiding in the dispersal and they pollinate banana"
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Re: Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest [#permalink]

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aviejay wrote:
In D, why do we need to consider parallelism between aiding in the dispersal and they pollinate banana? As I have mentioned earlier, we can treat they pollinate banana...as a separate clause altogether. In that case, parallelism is not required between " aiding in the dispersal and they pollinate banana"

Hi aviejay, the sentence starts by stating that Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem. Thereafter, three different ways are suggested in which Tropical bats play important roles, all three related by virtue of three parallel Participial phrases.

Hence, parallelism is crucial here.
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