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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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Re: Subject - Verb Agreemnet [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 11:45
To me, E looks most correct. OA?
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Re: Subject - Verb Agreemnet [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 12:29
IMO B

C,D,E are out because we need Neanderthals as the subject of sentence. Neanderthals should be the subject because "so were probably without language" is referring to Neanderthals.
A is out because it is using "those" to refer Vocal tract and that is wrong.
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Re: Subject - Verb Agreemnet [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2011, 12:39
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IMO B

C,D,E are out because we need Neanderthals as the subject of sentence. Neanderthals should be the subject because "so were probably without language" is referring to Neanderthals.
A is out because it is using "those" to refer Vocal tract and that is wrong.


I think B compares Neanderthals with an ape, lacking agreement in number. I would have also preferred a construction with the subject "Neanderthals" as you suggested.
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 02:05
I know answer is B and it makes sense since it was with "were" so subject should be neanderthal... but what is the comparision.. Ape's to neanderthal is the right comparison??

What does Ape's mean here?...
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 02:38
Comparison is in between the vocal tract of Neanderthal and Ape. Ape's means vocal tract of Ape.
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 05:59
Interesting.

Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language

In the 2nd part of the sentence (so were) .. what does that refer to then. That should refer to Neanderthals so subject should be neanderthals.... Thats what my confusion is...

I still think that the subject is Neanderthals..not the vocal tract.. Correct me please if i am wrong...
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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 06:38
Of course, Neanderthals is the subject and "were" is the verb of the second independent clause, which is connected by "and". Is that what you were asking?

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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 06:56
I was asking how

"Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's" was parallel but now i understood. Thanks. Need lot more focus i guess..so may be coffee time..
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 07:06
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In the 2nd part of the sentence (so were) .. what does that refer to then. That should refer to Neanderthals so subject should be neanderthals....

Hi Govind, I am assuming you mean to ask what does that refer to in this part:

a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

that actually refers to a shortcoming.

The structure a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species is actually called an absolute modifier and is in fact quite frequently tested on GMAT (though it is not explicitly tested in this question, since the entire absolute modifier is in the non-underlined portion).

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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 10:55
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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Hi i chose E but the ans is B

I just wanted to understand why E is wrong ?

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Whether E is just Wordy ?
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 15:05
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.

(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes

E is correct if you stop the sentence there...but after that you will see SO WERE....it means we need a subject for the verb WERE... We cannot say vocal tracts were probably without language...does not make sense...Hence it is wrong.
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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Dec 2014, 19:21
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By the way, Govind brings up a very good point in his post above. This is actually the issue with three choices: C, D and E.
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 14 May 2015, 00:44
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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


Could anyone explain this question, I don't really see why E is not correct. Thank you
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 15 May 2015, 23:51
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IMO B

C,D,E are out because we need Neanderthals as the subject of sentence. Neanderthals should be the subject because "so were probably without language" is referring to Neanderthals.
A is out because it is using "those" to refer Vocal tract and that is wrong.



correct

but think more simple.

"they" at the end must have it headword . so, "neanderthat' or vocal tract should be a subject. if neanderthal is subject there is no ambiguity

this is a hard question and takes me a long time to go to correct answer.

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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 16 May 2015, 00:26
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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


Could anyone explain this question, I don't really see why E is not correct. Thank you


Hi Baten80,

If you check option E for meaning, you will realize the mistake. Option E suggests that :The vocal tracts...resembled ... and were probably without language.... This meaning is absurd 'vocal tracts were without language' ? Also, the final "they" in the final clause: 'they were supplanted by our own species' refers to the vocal tract in option E, suggesting that vocal tracts were supplanted by our own species. Hence, option E is wrong on account of wrong meaning, though it corrects the pronoun reference issue of option A.
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