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When ironed with water and steady heat, acrylic, a petroleum-based synthetic fiber, softens and drapes with an almost silken feel and staying this way whether or not the heat is gone and the water has dried.

A. staying this way whether or not

B. staying like that even as

C. staying as such whether or not

D. stays in this way although

E. stays thus even when

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When ironed with water and steady heat, acrylic, a petroleum-based synthetic fiber, softens and drapes with an almost silken feel and staying this way whether or not the heat is gone and the water has dried.

A. staying this way whether or not

B. staying like that even as

C. staying as such whether or not

D. stays in this way although

E. stays thus even when

In order to be parallel with softens and drapes, we need to put a present sense verb –stays’ after the conjunction ‘and’. WE can safely remove A, B, and C on this count. Between D and E, 'in this way' is an inferior expression in D compared to ‘stays thus' in E.
We still have other points such as the redundancy of whether or not for more errors but they are not necessary


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Even if "staying" doesn't sound immediately wrong to us (as it should), we should notice that the answer choices are split between those that use "staying" and those that use "stays," so making a decision about this verb will help us narrow
down our options. The sentence is describing what happens when something is done; "when ironed," acrylic does something. We already have two verbs describing what happens, and we need to stay in the same form to keep a properly parallel
structure. Acrylic "softens and drapes," so we know we need the form "stays," not "staying." This eliminates (A), (B), and (C).
Left with two options, we'll choose (E) over (D) because "thus" is a more concise way of saying "in this way."

The correct answer is Choice (E).

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