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Researchers have discovered a new species of sparrow that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from all other sparrows.

a) that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows in cypress trees and whose coloring is completely different from
b) that lives only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and has coloring completely different from that of
C) living only in cypress groves, is almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from
d) that lives only in cypress groves, almost wholly dependent on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and whose coloring is completely different from that of
e) living only in cypress groves, depending almost wholly on the berries of a certain type of vine that grows on cypress trees, and having coloring completely different than
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I was stuck on B and D. Ended up choosing B. Does whose have a clear referent? I would have eliminated such possibility if whose was in every choice. That makes me wonder whether whose has a clear referent and in D it can possibly refer to vine tree??

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I agree, (D) is close. However, there is one more piece that the question is testing "parallelism", which is so subtle.

OA is (B).

Here is the MGMAT explanation:

The original sentence intends to identify a sparrow by the fact that it lives in cypress groves, eats certain berries, and has certain coloring. All these facts about the sparrow must be presented in parallel form. However, in the original sentence, these facts are presented in different forms. We need to find a choice that presents them all in parallel fashion. Moreover, "whose coloring is different from all other sparrows" is incorrect. The sparrow's coloring is different from the coloring of other sparrows, not from the sparrows themselves. We need to find a choice that makes this clear.

(B) This choice remedies the parallelism issue: "lives only in...., is almost wholly... and has coloring..." The comparison issue is also remedied: "has coloring different from that of all other sparrows." The comparison is now logically drawn between the coloring of the new species and the coloring ("that") of other species.

(D) While this answer choice remedies the comparison, the parallelism issue persists from the original sentence.
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Re: SC: New species of sparrow [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 13:46
Yipppe!!! at least Once I thought like MGMAT. How ever, the word whose was the one that compelled me to look at B again and realize the parallelism and lack of unambiguous reference in B
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Re: SC: New species of sparrow [#permalink] New post 28 Oct 2008, 14:26
good job icandy :)
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