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According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals
and meat from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock
fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is
good for cardiac health.
A. wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind
of fat they think is
B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of
fat thought to be
C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more
fat of a kind thought to be
D. total fat of wild animals is less than livestock fed on grain and they have more fat
of a kind thought to be
E. total fat is less in wild animals than that of livestock fed on grain and more of
their fat is of a kind they think is
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 09:41
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I am afraid that this is a weird question. No choice seems satisfying.

A and E are out because, we don’t have a proper reference for the pronoun they.

B looks apparently better than others, because, in gist, it maintains the comparison between wild animals and domestic animals, although it is also meaning to say that wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock, which is indeed absurd

C compares the total fat of these two kinds of animals rather than comparing the animals themselves.

D is comparing total fat with livestock.

B is the best of the bad boys.
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 17:11
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I am afraid that this is a weird question. No choice seems satisfying.

A and E are out because, we don’t have a proper reference for the pronoun they.

B looks apparently better than others, because, in gist, it maintains the comparison between wild animals and domestic animals, although it is also meaning to say that wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock, which is indeed absurd

C compares the total fat of these two kinds of animals rather than comparing the animals themselves.

D is comparing total fat with livestock.

B is the best of the bad boys.



The right answer is B which is surprising. This is kind of interesting question.
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 21 Nov 2010, 21:29
B seems to be the best choice but is not grammatically correct, in my opinion
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 03:16
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daagh wrote:
I am afraid that this is a weird question. No choice seems satisfying.

B looks apparently better than others, because, in gist, it maintains the comparison between wild animals and domestic animals, although it is also meaning to say that wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock, which is indeed absurd

The right answer is B which is surprising. This is kind of interesting question.


Going by the same logic that you have used, I picked B.

But does the sentence imply that "wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock"?

Let's consider some examples:

Japan has more money than China (has).
Japan's economy is better than that of China.
Japan's economy is better than China.

In the first example, you are comparing two countries. In the second, you are comparing economies. So both the sentences are correct. The third example is wrong because the comparison is wrong.

Please correct me if I'm mistaken but I think that you are attributing the mistake in the third example to the question when in fact it has a structure similar to the first example.
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The problem with the choice B is its ambiguity. IMO, though weird as it may look, it does imply a possibility that the wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock.

Taking your choices


Japan has more money than China (has).
Japan's economy is better than that of China.
Japan's economy is better than China.

In the first one, which seems to have no problem, the saving grace is the elliptical verb “has.” If you had not indicated it, the meaning may distort that Japan has more money than Japan has China.( absurd though)

Let me give you a couple of examples, where it may not be so absurd

I Jack loves Jill more than Tom.

Basically two interpretations are possible,


1. Jack loves Jill more than he loves Tom,
2. Jack loves Jill more that Tom loves Jill

II Nobody knows the baby better than the mother

1 nobody knows the baby better than the mother knows the baby
2. Nobody knows the baby better than he or she knows the mother

In order to remove this ambiguity only, we have to provide a necessary verb in the second arm of the comparison. In the given text, B would have been better, if it had stated “wild animals have less total fat than have livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be

Is it of any help?
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 19:51
Thank you daagh. Now I understand the concept better. Thanks again for your time and effort!!
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Re: According to recent studies [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2010, 20:11
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According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals
and meat from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock
fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is
good for cardiac health.
A. wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind
of fat they think is
B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of
fat thought to be
C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more
fat of a kind thought to be
D. total fat of wild animals is less than livestock fed on grain and they have more fat
of a kind thought to be
E. total fat is less in wild animals than that of livestock fed on grain and more of
their fat is of a kind they think is


I reached to answer B only by POE. A and E are out due to ambiguity over 'they'. C & D are out due to incorrect comparisons.
Can some explain how phrase 'According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat..' is referring to wild animals? I thought some answer choice will have 'meat' as a subject rather than 'animals'.
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