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Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm or growing more than 160 cm, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long, are oviparous, and produce up to 30 eggs which are deposited in hollow tree trunks or rotting logs.

A. A. Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm or growing more than 160 cm, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long,
B. B. Boomslangs, rarely more than 500 gm in weight or more than 160 cm in length, but with 3 large grooved fangs, growing up to 5 mm,
C. C. Boomslangs, rarely weighing more than 500 gm and growing more than 160 cm, but having 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long,
D. D. Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm and growing more than 160 cm, but having 3 large grooved fangs that can grow to be 5 mm,
E. E. Boomslangs, rarely more than 500 gm in weight or more than 160 cm in length, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow to be 5 mm,


(A) Lack of parallelism: weighing……or growing……. is not parallel to with 3 large grooved fangs; instead having 3 large grooved fangs is preferred. The words grow and long are redundant.

(B) The participial modifier growing to be… refers to the subject Boomslangs wrongly.

(C) The conjunction "and" is wrong. The words grow and long are redundant.

(D) The conjunction "and" is wrong.

(E)Correct. Fixes all the problems above.


Answer: E



Let me know if my thinking is correct verb-ing group (weiging or growing) is not parallel to prepositional phrase and so it is incorrect.
In E both above elements are noun phrases and parallel and so correct
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Hi Vyshak

Kindly reformat the options.

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souvik101990 wrote:
Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm or growing more than 160 cm, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long, are oviparous, and produce up to 30 eggs which are deposited in hollow tree trunks or rotting logs.

A. A. Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm or growing more than 160 cm, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long,
B. B. Boomslangs, rarely more than 500 gm in weight or more than 160 cm in length, but with 3 large grooved fangs, growing up to 5 mm,
C. C. Boomslangs, rarely weighing more than 500 gm and growing more than 160 cm, but having 3 large grooved fangs that can grow up to 5 mm long,
D. D. Boomslangs, weighing rarely more than 500 gm and growing more than 160 cm, but having 3 large grooved fangs that can grow to be 5 mm,
E. E. Boomslangs, rarely more than 500 gm in weight or more than 160 cm in length, but with 3 large grooved fangs that can grow to be 5 mm,

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I have the same question - is ''grow to be 5mm" correct usage. I landed on the right answer but I was hesitant to pick it because ''grow to be 5mm" didnt seem natural. I would really appreciate if someone can clarify.

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It is absolutely alright. An official question uses the phrase "grow to be".


Hi sir,

Could you please clarify if my following understanding is correct?

 The sentence is trying to say that Boomslands are rarely more than 500 gm in weight or more than 160cm in length. The intended meaning is Boomslangs have a property that doesn’t exceed 500gm in weight or 160 cm in length.

If we replace “OR” with “AND” then the meaning is going to be that Boombslangs are rarely more than 500 gm in weight and (AT THE SAME TIME) more than 160cm in length. The modifier now does not negate the chance of observing either of those properties of Boombslands separately. Now, the boombslands can be more than 500 gm in weight but less than 160cm in length, or less than 500gm in weight but more than 160cm in length.

Beside meaning issue, is there any other split that can help us discard the answer? Is the redundancy in "can grow up to 5 mm long" so serious to ruin totally the grammatical aspect of the sentence?
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Hello sayantanc2k

Can you please tell me how these 3 entities are parallel..

Boomslangs,
-> rarely more than 500 gm in weight OR
-> more than 160 cm in length,
-> but with 3 large grooved fangs
---------------------------->that can grow to be 5 mm,

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