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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 07:52
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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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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 08:12
A, I think:

It must be Neanderthals that were without language so C, D and E can't be the answer. B compares a species to a member of another species so this lacks the parallelism (right word?). But A satisfies all the requirements.
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Re: SC --- Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 09:55
B should be it.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
=> a vocal tract resembled Neanderthals of apes???
What is those refer to??
There's only plural noun "those" can refer to is "Neanderthals"
In this light, A is definitely wrong!
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
Correct!!
CDE are out 'cuz "so were probably without language" need Neanderathals as a subject.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 10:06
Yeah, B looks like the correct one, I didn't take "those" into account while comparing A with B. Thanks dwivedys and freetheking.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 10:21
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Looks like a straight A.
Oops Typo. I mean to say B.


PS Boss, I knew you were kidding :lol:
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 13:07
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 13:25
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Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed


B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 13:32
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u2lover wrote:
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed


B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes



isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 17:39
u2lover wrote:
mailtheguru wrote:
u2lover wrote:
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed


B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes



isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?


Oh, the OA is B indeed. Not debating that.

But i am trying to understand how you can have a collective vocal tract. Also, 'Neanderthals' doesn't seem to be singular. If you read further in the sentence, you have 'were' referring to 'Neanderthals '
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2006, 17:58
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u2lover wrote:
mailtheguru wrote:
u2lover wrote:
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed


B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes



isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?


Oh, the OA is B indeed. Not debating that.

But i am trying to understand how you can have a collective vocal tract. Also, 'Neanderthals' doesn't seem to be singular. If you read further in the sentence, you have 'were' referring to 'Neanderthals '



I think that the author means "Neanderthals had a (type of) vocal tract resembling an ape’s (type of vocal tract)." and that's why it's singular - it's a kind of vocal tract.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2006, 11:35
One can reach B by elimination.
However, Neanderthals( plural ) had a vocal tract ( singular object ) is a unusual formation followed by so were ( plural ) .....

It might be confusing but its a lot better than B in any case.
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