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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without a language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our 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 tract resembled the ape’s
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2006, 20:57
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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without a language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our 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 tract resembled the ape’s
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


Neanderthals...were without a language.

So only A or B.

If we use "apes" in A, then we will have a pronoun reference problem. "They" can refer to apes also.

Hence, B is the appropriate choice.
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2006, 21:10
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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without a language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our 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 tract resembled the ape’s
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


Neanderthals...were without a language.

So only A or B.

If we use "apes" in A, then we will have a pronoun reference problem. "They" can refer to apes also.

Hence, B is the appropriate choice.

Also, the those in those of the apes has no referrant. You have vocal tract, so you need that of the apes
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2006, 21:11
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Hang Tuah wrote:
Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without a language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our 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 tract resembled the ape’s
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


Neanderthals...were without a language.

So only A or B.

If we use "apes" in A, then we will have a pronoun reference problem. "They" can refer to apes also.

Hence, B is the appropriate choice.

Also, the those in those of the apes has no referrant. You have vocal tract, so you need that of the apes


Thats a nice catch, Kripal :)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2006, 23:20
Most of us are Struck with A & B.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s

Look at the bold part in A, that's the mistake.

So B.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2006, 12:48
A is the one standing for me - for better comparison.

Editing...

Now that I see the explanation from other guys, (B) makes sense.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Nov 2006, 22:00
A - 'those' has no referent
C,D,E - would result in the vocal tracts having a language

B is best.
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