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    Question 1Q8 The 32 species that make up the dolphin family

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    1) The 32 species that make up the dolphin family are closely related to whales and in fact include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is famous for its aggressive hunting pods.

    A. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and is
    B. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing as big as 30 feet long and
    C. include the animal known as the killer whale, growing up to 30 feet long and being
    D. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow as big as 30 feet long and is
    E. include the animal known as the killer whale, which can grow to be 30 feet long and it is
    Why not B?

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    Growing is wrong.The modifier should clearly modify killer whale.So B and C are out.

    Also grow as big as 30 feet long is wrong.So D out.

    'it' in E is unncessary.

    So A.

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    yes A it is.

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    The Official Answer is E, why not D?

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    in D the subject "it' is missing

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    Although i opted D at first, a second look strengthens the position of E as a better option.

    D can be ruled out because 'as big as' must be used to compare things that can be logically compared, while here we cannot compare 'a killer whale' to '30 feet long'. It needed to have been something like 'a 30 feet long anaconda' or something like that.

    E is correct and the 'it', since it is preceded by the conjunction 'and', refers to the subject of the relative clause: 'killer whale'.

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    The Official Answer cannot and is not E .

    encountered the same question on GMAT prep.

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    I think it is C - because it follows the parallelism.
    Bear Bull, what do you think?

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    option C spoils meaning of sentence.

    which can grow and growing have entirely diff. meaning.

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    one is possibility and otherone is fact.

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