In each of the following sentences, a part of the sentence is underlined. Beneath each sentence, four different ways of phrasing the underlined part are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.
His mother made great sacrifices to educate him, moving house on three occasions, and severing the thread on her loom's shuttle whenever Mencius neglected his lessons to make him understand the need to persevere.
For parallelism to exist, the correct word is "severing" and not "severed". Hence, options B and C can be eliminated.
A comma is not needed after lessons. Therefore, option D can be eliminated.
=> Option A is the answer.
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