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Some scientists contend that many species of dinosaur had a [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 04:53
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Some scientists contend that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like a warm-blooded mammal’s than a cold-blooded reptile’s.
A. that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like
B. that the metabolism of many dinosaur species were more like
C. that the metabolisms of many species of dinosaurs were more like those of
D. there were many species of dinosaurs that had metabolisms more like those of
E. there were many dinosaur species that had a metabolism more like that of
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 11 Feb 2008, 04:02
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Straight A

Only A is grammatically correct.

For SC's, eliminate all obvious grammatical errors then narrow it down to the clean and precise ones.
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 05:34
I believe A makes the right comparison here. Eliminate choices with 'were'.
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 10:00
Why eliminate 'were'? Can you please explain? Thanks.
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 10:45
Some scientists contend that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like a warm-blooded mammal’s than a cold-blooded reptile’s.
A. that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like
B. that the metabolism of many dinosaur species were more like
C. that the metabolisms of many species of dinosaurs were more like those of
D. there were many species of dinosaurs that had metabolisms more like those of
E. there were many dinosaur species that had a metabolism more like that of

B is wrong because there is no subject-verb agreement
C,D and E are all wronh because the comparaison is made between metabolism and the metabolism of a metabolism.
A should be.
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 15:26
Sentence has 1.Idiomatic usage and 2. Dependent clause iisue

A. that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like [Hold it]
B. that the metabolism of many dinosaur species were more like [Dependent clause has subject “the metabolism” to verb issue “were” – eliminate it]
C. that the metabolisms of many species of dinosaurs were more like those of [the metabolisms is not correct usage – I doubt “the metabolism” can be plural – eliminate it]
D. there were many species of dinosaurs that had metabolisms more like those of[unidiomatic – eliminate it]
E. there were many dinosaur species that had a metabolism more like that of[unidiomatic – eliminate it]

Answer: A
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 20:01
B

Since, "contend that" implies hypothetical situation we use subjunctive mood; therefore, "were" would be appropriate.

A: "that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like": maybe its idiomatic issue or just plain old silly grammer thing but "a metabolism" just doesn't work (for me)
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 20:46
jay02 wrote:
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Since, "contend that" implies hypothetical situation we use subjunctive mood; therefore, "were" would be appropriate.

A: "that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like": maybe its idiomatic issue or just plain old silly grammer thing but "a metabolism" just doesn't work (for me)


this is not the right point. I may agree with your reasoning but OA is E. Anyway, I tought A was better. Can someone clarify why OA is E?
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 21:23
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jay02 wrote:
B

Since, "contend that" implies hypothetical situation we use subjunctive mood; therefore, "were" would be appropriate.

A: "that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like": maybe its idiomatic issue or just plain old silly grammer thing but "a metabolism" just doesn't work (for me)


this is not the right point. I may agree with your reasoning but OA is E. Anyway, I tought A was better. Can someone clarify why OA is E?


What is the source of the question? OA cannot be E.
Some scientists contend "there were many dinosaur species that had a metabolism more like that of" a warm-blooded mammal’s than a cold-blooded reptile’s. there are many things wrong with this sentence, just to point out one- it should be "mammals" not "mammal's". "more like that of" means "more like the metabolism of"; accordingly, it should be followed by 'mammals' rather than 'mammal's'.


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Some scientists contend that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like a warm-blooded mammal’s than a cold-blooded reptile’s.
A. that many species of dinosaur had a metabolism more like
B. that the metabolism of many dinosaur species were more like
C. that the metabolisms of many species of dinosaurs were more like those of
D. there were many species of dinosaurs that had metabolisms more like those of
E. there were many dinosaur species that had a metabolism more like that of
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Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13 [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2008, 21:30
I agree with you...anyway source is GMAT Prep set. 13
Re: sc 28 - comparison - set 13   [#permalink] 10 Feb 2008, 21:30
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