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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
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Excellent explanation:
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Amardeep Sharma wrote:
Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


Will go for 'A'
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A....were is in the second part agrees with the subject only in A
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Thanks eyunni! for the link. Its great explanation.

Amar thanks .. its good one.
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B.

Subject of the sentence is Neanderthals as the subject needs to make sense in both parts of the compound sentence ( before and after the AND). Vocal tracts can not be the subject in the second part of the sentence b/c logically it makes no sense - Vocal tracts were probably without language? No. Neanderthals were without language.

It's not A b/c vocal tract is singular and does not match the plural THOSE in "those of the apes".
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A....were is in the second part agrees with the subject only in A


Here were refers to Neanderthals and not vocal tract... while those incorrectly refers to vocal tract in A

OA is B

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kalpvriksha14 wrote:
A....were is in the second part agrees with the subject only in A


Here were refers to Neanderthals and not vocal tract... while those incorrectly refers to vocal tract in A

OA is B

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Confused...a million times...

Neanderthals had a vocal tract - is a stand alone or independent clause. In which vocal tract is an object.

That - modifier - begins non-restrictive clause (which is not acceptable but not a blunder as well)

resembled those of - modifies indirectly the vocal tract to say that vocal tract matches

Please correct me if I am wrong. those should refer vocal tracts
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Amardeep Sharma wrote:
Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


I never go t thhid question before but i guess i got it today.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes

E is most difficult and confusing because it look correct but it is not. though it gramatically correct but has wrong expression.

for ex: "The human has a nose not resembling a cow's......"
Here we do not say "The noses of humans ........."

So E is wrong, and remains B
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Amardeep Sharma wrote:
kalpvriksha14 wrote:
A....were is in the second part agrees with the subject only in A


Here were refers to Neanderthals and not vocal tract... while those incorrectly refers to vocal tract in A

OA is B

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Confused...a million times...

Neanderthals had a vocal tract - is a stand alone or independent clause. In which vocal tract is an object.

That - modifier - begins non-restrictive clause (which is not acceptable but not a blunder as well)

resembled those of - modifies indirectly the vocal tract to say that vocal tract matches

Please correct me if I am wrong. those should refer vocal tracts


Oops!! sorry for the trouble.

It is plural - singular mismatch. a vocal tract - singular, while those - plural.

Agree with 'B'
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