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27. 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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25 Jun 2007, 08:29
27. 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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A in my opinion.

B is wrong because it used resembling.

C wrongly compares Neanderthal's vocal tract with ape's something

D same issue that C has

E although a right comparison, this sentence along with the non-underlined sentence tells us that the vocal tracts were without a language
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25 Jun 2007, 09:23
I prefered (A) too. But according to OA it's not correct.
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25 Jun 2007, 09:46
go with B.

(A) vocal tract singular is compared with 'those' plural - WRONG
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25 Jun 2007, 21:25
27. 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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"they" in the second part require 'neanderthals' as subject

A, B left

A - is wrong - vocal tract and those of are not comparable.

B - is perfect
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25 Jun 2007, 21:34
B.

Neanderthals is the subject --> Neanderthals were without language.
A vocal tract = singular = ape's.
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26 Jun 2007, 14:48
B it is ...........

second part of the sentence is "and so were" ............which suggests that the subject of the first part should be Neanderthal and not vocal tract.

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02 Jul 2007, 11:27
27. 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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CDE are wrong in that we need Neanderthals as a referent for without a language.

A is wrong in that those of the apes is plural. It should be that of the ape's to refer back to the vocal tract of an ape, which is singular.
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02 Jul 2007, 17:18
Do we know what the OA is? This is one interesting question ... everyone seem to have different opinions on the answer.
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07 Jul 2007, 16:10
syamee_u wrote:
27. 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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"they" in the second part require 'neanderthals' as subject

A, B left

A - is wrong - vocal tract and those of are not comparable.

B - is perfect

great explanation. OA is B.
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07 Jul 2007, 20:10
Well It seems that GMAT is testing more and more on meaning of the sentences.

E is tempting but it clearly saying vocal tracts were without language.

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