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Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aidin

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If in option E they pollinate would pollinating, then will option E be correct?

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New post 28 May 2019, 04:32
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If in option E they pollinate would pollinating, then will option E be correct?
Even if we go with pollinating instead of they pollinate, option E doesn't have an and.

... aiding... ; pollinating... ; and helping...

Also, indirectly helping the producing is not idiomatic.
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Hello Everyone!

This looks like an excellent example of a list question you would see on the GMAT exam! Let's start by taking a close look at the question, and highlight any major differences between each option in orange:

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

After a quick glance over the options, 3 major differences appear:

1. pollinating / they pollinate
2. help / helping
3 produce / producing


Instead of tacking one issue at a time, let's first take a look at the type of sentence we're dealing with - a LIST QUESTION. Whenever we see a question that deals with a list on the GMAT, it's a major hint that we're going to deal with PARALLELISM!

One of the list items is not underlined: aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds

The correct option MUST be written using parallel structure that matches the non-underlined part of the sentence. Let's see how each option holds up in terms of parallel structure:

(a) aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce --> NOT PARALLEL


How option A is not parallel ?
aiding -- verb
pollinating -- verb
help -- verb

VeritasKarishma GMATNinja,
Is there any other issue in this sentence ?
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New post 01 Jul 2020, 21:14
Harsh2111s: aiding and pollinating are not verbs. In fact, no -ing is ever a complete verb.
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