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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

a) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
b) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
c) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes
d) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes
e) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes

I assume it's between c) and d). Please explain the answer and the rationale.
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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

a) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes --> you would never use "the numbers of..."
b) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
c) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes --> my pick
d) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes --> awkward to start with an infinitive. you should always postpone infinivites and use the "placeholder it" such that the sentence reads: "It is termed polydactyly to have more than the usual number of fingers..."
e) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
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05 Jul 2010, 01:07
nusmavrik wrote:

correct ...it has to ither D or E as it starts with D . E is ruled out because of "numbers of " .
MGMAT SC rule clearly says that "numbers of " is always incorrect.
hence I go with D

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05 Jul 2010, 05:33
Am not sure we can rule A out. Numbers of "toes" and "fingers" refers to the two different kinds of appendages.
So confused between A and D.
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05 Jul 2010, 09:58
janani wrote:
Am not sure we can rule A out. Numbers of "toes" and "fingers" refers to the two different kinds of appendages.
So confused between A and D.

you're using an article the here. so the expression the [usual] numbers of.. is almost always incorrect. instead, when you see numbers, it should only be used like the following (taken from MGMAT SC):

The rare Montauk beaked griffin is not extinct; its numbers are now suspected to be much greater than before.
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27 Mar 2012, 19:44
Starting a sentence with a gerund is preferred, also the use of the word number is correctly used in c. Numbers is only used when referring to actual numbers.
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27 Mar 2012, 23:28
Guys whats the OA

IMO C

Infinitive(To have) means intention but logically we know we cannot have more fingers according to our own wish or you can say intentionally.
so having is correct here
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28 Mar 2012, 18:18
Great question. I ran a google search and came up with a 50/50 split between C and D.

Personally, I thought it was D. I found this explanation from someone else:

Sentence has “Numbers of “and Participle vs. Infinitive issue

To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

A. Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes [Numbers of – incorrect usage – eliminate]

B. Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes [ Incorrect use of “Had” – eliminate it]

C. Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes [ Hold it]

D. To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes [Hold it]

E. To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes [Numbers of – incorrect usage – eliminate]

Between C and D:
I am guessing X more than Y [ where X and Y needs to be parallel – in this case noun parallel]

C: Having – participle form functions as adjective – eliminate it

D – Hold it

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30 Mar 2012, 03:13
I will go with C but feel this question is controversial. Better move on
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07 Feb 2013, 23:51
I will go with C

Reason: Gerunds rather than infinitives are preferred as subjects when the main clause denotes something that actually exists/occurs, and infinitives where something unreal or hypothetical is discussed. Since this medical conditonal actually occurs, the gerund is preferable here.

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I will go with C

Reason: Gerunds rather than infinitives are preferred as subjects when the main clause denotes something that actually exists/occurs, and infinitives where something unreal or hypothetical is discussed. Since this medical conditonal actually occurs, the gerund is preferable here.

hi,
here is the OE

The original sentence incorrectly uses the phrase "numbers of" instead of the correct expression "number of."

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of." However, the present perfect tense verb "having had" is incorrectly used. The present perfect tense is used to indicate an event that started in the past and remains true in the present. Since this sentence simply defines the term "polydactyly," the present perfect tense is inappropriate. Instead, in order to maintain parallel structure, the phrase "is termed polydactyly" must be preceded by a normal gerund, a verb that acts as a noun, such as "having."

(C) CORRECT. This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of."

(D) This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of." Moreover, in theory, an infinitive (such as "To have") CAN be used as a noun, even as a subject. For instance, you can properly say "To err is human." However, a long infinitive phrase (such as "To have more than the usual number of fingers and toes") is considered stylistically awkward as a subject at the beginning of a sentence. For one thing, we often start sentences with infinitives to indicate purpose: "To make money, I worked extra hours." In keeping with good prose style, the GMAT strongly prefers that you move such an infinitive subject to the end of the sentence and put a "Placeholder IT" at the beginning of the sentence: "It is human to err." Furthermore, even a postponed infinitive subject may be considered awkward in comparison to a gerund subject (such as "having"). Note that a gerund subject does not require you to specify who is performing the action in question: "Running is fun" is a perfectly acceptable sentence.

(E) This choice incorrectly uses the phrase "numbers of" instead of the correct expression "number of." Moreover, in theory, an infinitive (such as "To have") CAN be used as a noun, even as a subject. For instance, you can properly say "To err is human." However, a long infinitive phrase (such as "To have more than the usual number of fingers and toes") is considered stylistically awkward as a subject at the beginning of a sentence. For one thing, we often start sentences with infinitives to indicate purpose: "To make money, I worked extra hours." In keeping with good prose style, the GMAT strongly prefers that you move such an infinitive subject to the end of the sentence and put a "Placeholder IT" at the beginning of the sentence: "It is human to err." Furthermore, even a postponed infinitive subject may be considered awkward in comparison to a gerund subject (such as "having"). Note that a gerund subject does not require you to specify who is performing the action in question: "Running is fun" is a perfectly acceptable sentence.
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