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01 Jun 2008, 15:32
Taste buds are onion-shaped structures with between 50 and 100 taste cells, each of them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore.

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
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01 Jun 2008, 16:13
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Taste buds are onion-shaped structures with between 50 and 100 taste cells, each of them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore.

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

The answere should be C, though it wa a close call b/w A and C.
B. "them that have" is ackward and "each" is singular hence has to be followed by the singular verb "has".
D. subject vern agreement agian
E. same as D

A. I thought "them" was plural therefore I went with C.
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01 Jun 2008, 16:57
gmat blows wrote:
Taste buds are onion-shaped structures with between 50 and 100 taste cells, each of them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore.

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

I go for 'C'.
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01 Jun 2008, 17:12
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A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

C, D and E -Wrong - which can refer to taste buds or taste cells
C definitely wrong - called the taste pore can refer to finger like projections or the opening
B- Wrong - which they call. what they
A- Given sentence- Correct - them refers to taste cells.
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01 Jun 2008, 18:09
gmat blows wrote:
Taste buds are onion-shaped structures with between 50 and 100 taste cells, each of them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore.

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

C for me.
In A ,"called taste pore" is not at the right place
In B, "have" is the wrong tense.
In D, "having" is the present participle. This is not needed here.
In E, "have" is the wrong tense.
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01 Jun 2008, 18:20
gmat blows wrote:
Taste buds are onion-shaped structures with between 50 and 100 taste cells, each of them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore.

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

Stuck between A and C. went for A....
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01 Jun 2008, 23:58
C

The choice is definitely between A and C

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud

1. 'them' vs. 'which'. 'which' unambiguously refers to 'cells' ('which' modifies preceding noun), but 'them' refers to 'cells' or 'structures'.
2. In C 'called' modifies 'the opening', but in A it incorrectly modifies 'test bud'.
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02 Jun 2008, 00:25
A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore [ Hold it – “them” clearly pointing to “Subject of the Sentence” Taste Buds – hold it]
B. them that have fingerlike projections that poke through an opening located at the top of the taste bud, which they call the taste pore [ changes the meaning of the sentence – eliminate it]
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud [ “Which” cannot point to “Taste Buds” – eliminate it]
D. which having fingerlike projections that poke through an opening, which is called the taste pore, located at the top of the taste bud
E. which have fingerlike projections that are poking through an opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore

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02 Jun 2008, 09:25
OA: C

I also chose A.

C is correct by using a relative pronoun, 'which' to convert an IC to a subordinate clause, 'each of which..' -- otherwise, as it stands, the sentence is a run on sentence.

Also, A also changes the meaning with the palcement of 'at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore' -- seems to indicate that the 'taste bud' is called taste pore, when it should be the 'opening'
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02 Jun 2008, 11:34
C

A is wrong the the use of "them", think about it.
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02 Jun 2008, 12:10
I am still missing something. Can anybody please let me know the grammatical issue in A?

Thanks,
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02 Jun 2008, 17:12
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C

The choice is definitely between A and C

A. them has fingerlike projections poking through the opening located at the top of the taste bud called the taste pore
C. which has fingerlike projections poking through the opening, called the taste pore, located at the top of taste bud

1. 'them' vs. 'which'. 'which' unambiguously refers to 'cells' ('which' modifies preceding noun), but 'them' refers to 'cells' or 'structures'.
2. In C 'called' modifies 'the opening', but in A it incorrectly modifies 'test bud'.

Agree Walker - in C the "called the taste pore" is closer to its definition "has fingerlike projections" in A the taste pore is placed far away.
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02 Jun 2008, 19:16
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1. 'them' vs. 'which'. 'which' unambiguously refers to 'cells' ('which' modifies preceding noun), but 'them' refers to 'cells' or 'structures'.
2. In C 'called' modifies 'the opening', but in A it incorrectly modifies 'test bud'.

Thanks Walker.
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