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Parallelism vs 2 independent clause

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Parallelism vs 2 independent clause

Post Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:02 pm
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    Tropical bats play important roles in the rainforest ecosystem , aiding in dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds;
    pollinating banana, breadfruit and mango trees ; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.
    A)
    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; and indirectly helping the producing of.

    I came down to B and D
    B for obvious reason of paralleism but then I chose D because
    the underlined part of the sentence began after ';' (semicolon) which tells me it has to be an independent clause and it has subject they.
    What is the best approach when we encounter such dilemma?

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    Post Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:36 pm
    Though semi-colons on the GMAT are often used to separate independent clauses, they can also be used to separate elements in a list that contain commas within them. For example: During my vacation, I visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; and Boston, Massachusetts. This is the usage we see in answer choice B, as the first two items in the list contain commas. Tropical bats play important roles in the rainforest ecosystem, aiding in dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

    (And notice that in D, "indirectly help producing," follows a semi-colon, but is not an independent clause.)

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    Post Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:31 am
    DavidG@VeritasPrep wrote:
    Though semi-colons on the GMAT are often used to separate independent clauses, they can also be used to separate elements in a list that contain commas within them. For example: During my vacation, I visited Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; and Boston, Massachusetts. This is the usage we see in answer choice B, as the first two items in the list contain commas. Tropical bats play important roles in the rainforest ecosystem, aiding in dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

    (And notice that in D, "indirectly help producing," follows a semi-colon, but is not an independent clause.)
    Great explanation!!! Thanks..

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    Post Wed Oct 21, 2015 6:02 am
    i think we do not need to know the uses of semicolon. gmat will not test us this point.
    just use meaning analysis to go to correct answer.

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