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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.

A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth
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06 Jun 2007, 08:41
Caas wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.

A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

I would say (C)? 'its' refers to the turtle and 'jaws function as do teeth' correctly compares jaws and teeth. (E) needs a verb to properly compare jaws and teeth. cheers
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06 Jun 2007, 08:56
A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

A - Eliminate - Usage of "their" and "for"
B, C - Eliminate - Usage of "its" is wrong.

Left with D & E

E has a clear construct when comparing it to D.

Hence E should be the answer.
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06 Jun 2007, 12:15
vc019 wrote:
A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

A - Eliminate - Usage of "their" and "for"
B, C - Eliminate - Usage of "its" is wrong.

Left with D & E

E has a clear construct when comparing it to D.

Hence E should be the answer.

why is 'its' wrong? it clearly refers to 'the turtle'. I wonder, if 'do' can be omitted? OA? cheers
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06 Jun 2007, 14:53
catgmat wrote:
vc019 wrote:
A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

A - Eliminate - Usage of "their" and "for"
B, C - Eliminate - Usage of "its" is wrong.

Left with D & E

E has a clear construct when comparing it to D.

Hence E should be the answer.

why is 'its' wrong? it clearly refers to 'the turtle'. I wonder, if 'do' can be omitted? OA? cheers

agree.
i dont think that the usage of 'its' is wrong in choices B and C.
If the usage of its in C is correct and if do is removed from C, will it make a better choice than E ?
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06 Jun 2007, 16:30
its is wrong since "the turtle" is no longer being referred to. "some turtle species" is the subject of this clause. E is the best, I think the answer will hold even if "the" is removed before horny jaws.
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06 Jun 2007, 22:05
catgmat wrote:
vc019 wrote:
A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

A - Eliminate - Usage of "their" and "for"
B, C - Eliminate - Usage of "its" is wrong.

Left with D & E

E has a clear construct when comparing it to D.

Hence E should be the answer.

why is 'its' wrong? it clearly refers to 'the turtle'. I wonder, if 'do' can be omitted? OA? cheers

Hello catgmat,

Reason why B & C are wrong is because "its" is referring to the "some turtle species" which is wrong.

Hence I decided to eliminate B & C.

Hey Caas,

What is the OA?

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06 Jun 2007, 22:40
hello vc019!
thank you for your explanation, I totally agree! Then it must be (E)! cheers
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07 Jun 2007, 09:28
OA is E

the proper construction is A function(s) as B
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Re: SC - turtle [#permalink]

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29 Feb 2008, 09:29
Caas wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.

A their horny jaws function for teeth
B its horny jaws function for teeth
C its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

A functions as B is the correct idiom
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Re: SC - turtle   [#permalink] 29 Feb 2008, 09:29
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