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# i have a small doubt that im unable to get a convincing

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i have a small doubt that im unable to get a convincing answer from MGMAT. can anyone help?

1. Our cat is cuter than those in the shelter

this sentence is wrong (as per the guide) because those doesnt have an antecendent

whereas;

2. some people believe that the benefits of a healthy diet outweigh those of regular exercise

this sentence is correct

can anyone explain the difference?
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1. Our cat is cuter than those in the shelter

In the first sentence, for 'those' to have a clear referent we need a plural noun. Notice that 'cat' is singular. Therefore 'those' could not be referring to 'cat.'

2. Some people believe that the benefits of a healthy diet outweigh those of regular exercise

In the second sentence, 'those' refers to 'benefits,' which is plural.

Hope that helps
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29 Mar 2012, 15:48
thanks Chris. this was a much better explanation and is easy to understand.

thanks once again from a grammatically challenged student!!
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10 Aug 2013, 02:54
Could it be the answer of the question ?

Our cat is cuter than that in the shelter ..
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