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The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness

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The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness

Post Sat May 27, 2017 10:02 am
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    The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, thus allowing it to hunt efficiently under the gloomy conditions at its feeding depths of between 300 and 700 meters.


    A) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, thus allowing it
    B) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, allowing them
    C) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than do those of any other animal yet tested, allowing it
    D) Because they adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, the eyes of the elephant seal allow it
    E) Because the eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than do those of any other animal yet tested, it allows them

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    Post Sat May 27, 2017 10:18 am
    rsarashi wrote:
    The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, thus allowing it to hunt efficiently under the gloomy conditions at its feeding depths of between 300 and 700 meters.


    A) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, thus allowing it
    B) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, allowing them
    C) The eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than do those of any other animal yet tested, allowing it
    D) Because they adapt to darkness more quickly than any other animal yet tested, the eyes of the elephant seal allow it
    E) Because the eyes of the elephant seal adapt to darkness more quickly than do those of any other animal yet tested, it allows them

    OAC
    A,B, and D have illogical comparison: eyes compared with animal.
    In E, it has no antecedent.
    Furthur, them refers to eyes of the elephant seal, leading to illogical meaning( eyes are hunting).

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    Post Sat May 27, 2017 8:41 pm
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    A,B, and D have illogical comparison: eyes compared with animal.
    In E, it has no antecedent.
    Furthur, them refers to eyes of the elephant seal, leading to illogical meaning( eyes are hunting).
    [/quote]Hi Ali ,

    Thank you so much for your reply.

    Can you please explain that in OA COMMA+ALLOWING refers to what?

    Thanks.

    Post Tue May 30, 2017 1:37 am
    (Please pay attention to the color scheme in this post as you read along.
    I have purposely made it consistent so that it is easy for you to follow the point i am trying to make).


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    Can you please explain that in OA COMMA+ALLOWING refers to what?
    To the clause and that clause need not be the one touching ,ving.

    For instance, in the following construction,
    [Clause A][Clause B], ving...
    it is perfectly acceptable for ,ving to modify either of the clause.
    Therefore, whichever interpretation works, we pick it up.

    In OA to this SC, we have following construction:
    [Independent clause][subordinate clause],ving...
    ,ving modifies not the subordinate clause, even though it is touching that clause, but the independent clause, even though it is not touching that clause[IC].
    The fact that the eyes of elephant seal can adapt to darkness more quickly than do those of any other yet tested allows elephant seal to hunt efficiently
    How quickly?
    more quickly than do those of any other yet tested.

    Why compromise on touch rule?
    because ,ving type modifiers are adverbials and adverbials need not touch that which they modify.

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    Post Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:50 am
    Learned something new today. Thanks Ali for the detailed breakdown of the potential answers.

    Post Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:12 am
    AspireInspa wrote:
    Learned something new today. Thanks Ali for the detailed breakdown of the potential answers.
    My pleasure!

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