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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: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2009, 19:41
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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

Can someone explain this one?


C,D,E out.. vocal tracts.. were probably without language.. --> completely wrong.. Neanderthals were without language is correct.

A -- we are comparing vocal tract with "those" (vocal tracts) of apes.. Wrong comparision.

B is perfect.

Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s [vocal tract] ...
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 09 Feb 2009, 22:41
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Clearly the subject has to be Neanderthals and not vocal tracts. So C,D and E are out. In A, there is wrong comparison b/w a vocal tract and plural .
Hence B is the best choice
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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: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2009, 05:23
Should it not be Neanderthals had vocal tracts (plural)?

by having plural 'vocal tracts', we are decribing the inherent nature of the vocal tracts (of the Neanderthals) in general, which I think what the sentence is all about.

From the OA, Neanderthals had a vocal tract... seems to refer to a single vocal tract 'shared' by all Neanderthals which I find illogical.

Correct me if I am wrong, but my thinking is that the vocal tracts(plural) of Neanderthals should be compared to the apes' vocal tracts (plural).

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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2009, 08:48
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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


C and E are wrong straightaway since we are talking about 'were probably without language' later down the line in this sentence. So subject has to be Neanderthals/Neanderthal.
Of A,B and D, A and D are incorrect in singularity/plurality being compared.
This leaves C only
Completely agree with you that B is very awkward in "neanderthals had a vocal tract"
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 10:37
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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


C and E are wrong straightaway since we are talking about 'were probably without language' later down the line in this sentence. So subject has to be Neanderthals/Neanderthal.
Of A,B and D, A and D are incorrect in singularity/plurality being compared.
This leaves C only
Completely agree with you that B is very awkward in "neanderthals had a vocal tract"




PLs some one explains.....Why B is the OA.....Its still not clear
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2009, 21:40
This is a an important question and has not been discussed adequately.Keep getting it wrong..
I had straight away eliminated B,C,D because of "resembling an ape's.." resembling an ape's what?!which body part?hand,leg?!The comparision is between the vocal tract of Neanderthals with the vocal tracts of ape's..
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 05:08
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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.
IN THIS QUESTION,WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE CLUES PROVIDED BY THE LATER PART OF THE SENTENCE.CONCENTARTE ON THE PARTS "AND SO WERE" AND "WHY THEY WERE"..WHAT DO THESE PLURAL FORM SUGGEST;THAT THERE HAS TO BE A VERY CEAR PLURAL SUBJECT PRESENT IN THE EARLIER HALF OF THE SENTENCE..AND ALSO THAT THESE SUBJECTS SHOULD BE CERTAIN LIVING BEINGS WHO POSSESED THESE CHARACTERISTICS.LETS LOOK AT THE OPTIONS
(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
YES,THIS SENTENCE HAS SUBJECTS BUT 2 OF THEM NEANDERHALS/APES..WHICH ONES
IS THE LATER HALF REFERRING TO? A LITTLE CONFUSION..RIGHT!!! SUSPECT..LETS SEE OTHERS

(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
NEANDERTHALS ARE A CLEAR SUBJECT
APE'S (VOAL TRACTS) CANNOT BE A SUBJECT SINCE WE HAVE DECIDED EALRLIER THAT IT HAS TO BE A LIVING ENTITY ..SO IS BETTER THAN A...ELIMINATE A AND KEEP THIS
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
VOCAL TRACTS OF NEANDRTHALS IS THE SUBJECT.FIRST THIS IS SINGULAR AND SECOND
THIS IS NOT OUR APPROPRAITE CHOICE OF SUBJECT....THROW THIS OUT
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
BY NOW IM SURE WE CAN MAKE OUT THAT THIS ALSO LACKS A SUITABLE SUBJECT
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
SAME AS ABOVE

HENCE B IS THE CREDITED OPTION.HOPE THAT HELPED
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2009, 06:04
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This is a an important question and has not been discussed adequately.Keep getting it wrong..
I had straight away eliminated B,C,D because of "resembling an ape's.." resembling an ape's what?!which body part?hand,leg?!

The comparision is between the vocal tract of Neanderthals with the vocal tracts of ape's..
Please discuss



some possible comparisons:

- Netherlands' vocal tract <==> Apes' vocal tract
- vocal tract of Netherlands <==> vocal tract of Apes
- vocal tract of Netherlands <==> Apes' vocal tract.


Third one is used in case of B.

In cases of comparisons:

Unlike X of A, B's (X) is/are ... (here, X is implicit and is not necessary in the sentence)

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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 17:11
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A - "A vocal tract" is singular, while "those of the apes" is plural. No match.
B- Correct.
C - Vocal tracts cannot be supplanted by a species, nor can they be with or without language. Illogical.
D - "They" refers to Neanderthal's vocal tracts, not Neanderthals. See C above.
E - See C above.
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 30 Oct 2009, 04:16
I agree with you. B is the best option
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2011, 04:25
(B)

(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: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2011, 09:00
S-V agreement, very simple, B specifies the subject of "were without language" is Neanderthals. :))
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 14 Feb 2011, 22:31
B is the only one that makes sense. The subject needs to be Neanderthals as can be guessed from the non-underlined portion.
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2011, 17:17
I am going with B. C,D and E make incorrect comparisons. A has a problem with singular and plural. B seems fine.
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Re: SC: Neanderthals [#permalink] New post 28 Aug 2011, 05:53
B is fine and i guess explanations above just suit fine
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A indicates that vocal tracts are without language, same is true for CDE. Also D is bad because of possessive used (apes'). Hence B is best!
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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


Answer = B

Two Independent clauses connected by co-ordinating conjunction ('AND' in this case) should have a parallel structure.

Clause 1 :- Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of apes ------> Subject - InTransitive Verb - Predicate
Clause 2 :- so were probably without language --------> Subject - InTransitive Verb - Predicate

The logical antecedent of 'So', which is the Subject of second clause, is 'Neanderthals'. Hence 'Neanderthals' should be a subject of the First clause.

Only Choice A and B have their subject as 'The Neanderthal'. So C, D, E are out.

In Choice A has the Pronoun Agreement Error. 'Those of Apes'(plural) can not refer to the 'Vocal Tract of Neanderthals'(Singular)

Choice B Wins.
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Re: Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2013, 10:11
If nothing else, B seems to be the only option using the proper tense--'resembling' which is parallel with the tense later 'so they were probably with language, a shortcoming' ...etc.
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