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by nipunranjan » Thu Aug 15, 2013 2:27 pm

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by Java_85 » Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:31 pm
My answer is B!

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by [email protected] » Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:07 pm
Hi nipunranjan,

This SC has a variety of grammar rules that you can use to solve it. Here is how I did it:

1) The pronoun "them" means that we need a plural subject (in this case, "cows"). Eliminate B and D

2) The "intent" of this SC is that if farmers do these 3 things, then the cows WILL produce lots of milk each year. Eliminate A and C

Final Answer:E

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by Mission2012 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:31 am
[email protected] wrote:Hi nipunranjan,

This SC has a variety of grammar rules that you can use to solve it. Here is how I did it:

1) The pronoun "them" means that we need a plural subject (in this case, "cows"). Eliminate B and D

2) The "intent" of this SC is that if farmers do these 3 things, then the cows WILL produce lots of milk each year. Eliminate A and C

Final Answer: [/spoiler]E[spoiler]

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Hi Rich,

Assessing the structure of the sentence -

For the farmers who takes care to keep them cool, provided with high-energy food,and milked regularly, Holstein cows will produce as...

I expect that the three things that farmers need to do should be in parallel construction. But the dont seem to be parallel in this construction.

Please let me know if I am missing out on something
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by [email protected] » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:29 pm
Hi Mission2012,

I agree that the 3-item list has an odd "look" to it - normally all 3 items would have the same obvious "format", verb tense, etc. The reason I went about solving this prompt the way that I did was to avoid the odd nature of this parallelism. It IS parallel though and here's why:

Part of the "intent" of the prompt is to list the 3 things that farmers need to do for their cows:

"keep them cool"
"(keep them) provided with feed"
"(keep them) milked"

Both of the phrases in parentheses ("keep them") are implied, but they're not written in the sentence because that would be redundant. Since you wouldn't say "keep them cooled", you have to say "keep them cool" and then the rest of the sentence appears parallel.

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by Mission2012 » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:35 pm
[email protected] wrote:Hi Mission2012,

I agree that the 3-item list has an odd "look" to it - normally all 3 items would have the same obvious "format", verb tense, etc. The reason I went about solving this prompt the way that I did was to avoid the odd nature of this parallelism. It IS parallel though and here's why:

Part of the "intent" of the prompt is to list the 3 things that farmers need to do for their cows:

"keep them cool"
"(keep them) provided with feed"
"(keep them) milked"

Both of the phrases in parentheses ("keep them") are implied, but they're not written in the sentence because that would be redundant. Since you wouldn't say "keep them cooled", you have to say "keep them cool" and then the rest of the sentence appears parallel.

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Hi Rich,

Thanks for the explanation.

Just one more question -
Would this sentence follow If...then construction.
In that case we are simply stating a general rule (if (present tense) then (present).

Would it not be option D instead of E?
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by [email protected] » Sun Aug 18, 2013 1:39 pm
Hi Mission2012,

The "If...then..." 2-part construction does involve parallelism, so your example of "If (present).... then (present)" would be correct.

To make answer choice D correct, you'd have to make some changes to the original sentence. Notice the pronoun "them" - this means that we need the word "cows", which is not in answer D.

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