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As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock, many scientists now believe that all of the information encoded in 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely three percent of the cell’s DNA.
(A) 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely
(B) 50,000 to 100,000 of the human cell’s different genes are contained in a mere
(C) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in human cells are contained in merely
(D) 50,000 to 100,000 of human cell’s different genes is contained in merely
(E) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in a human cell is contained in a mere

I have two doubts..
a) In the question, there is no mention of the, so can we use the the answer choice.
b) secondly, i think merely is better choice than mere. So,if anyone could specify the difference as when to use mere and when to use merely, then it would be highly appreciated.

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As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock, many scientists now believe that all of the information encoded in 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely three percent of the cell’s DNA.
(A) 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely
(B) 50,000 to 100,000 of the human cell’s different genes are contained in a mere
(C) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in human cells are contained in merely
(D) 50,000 to 100,000 of human cell’s different genes is contained in merely
(E) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in a human cell is contained in a mere

I have two doubts..
a) In the question, there is no mention of the, so can we use the the answer choice.
b) secondly, i think merely is better choice than mere. So,if anyone could specify the difference as when to use mere and when to use merely, then it would be highly appreciated.

TIA,lgon


information requires is, so A,B,C are out.

IMHO, mere is adjective, merely is adverb. Here we need "mere" as it is modifying "three percent of the cell’s DNA"

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lgon wrote:
As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock, many scientists now believe that all of the information encoded in 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely three percent of the cell’s DNA.
(A) 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely
(B) 50,000 to 100,000 of the human cell’s different genes are contained in a mere
(C) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in human cells are contained in merely
(D) 50,000 to 100,000 of human cell’s different genes is contained in merely
(E) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in a human cell is contained in a mere

I have two doubts..
a) In the question, there is no mention of the, so can we use the the answer choice.
b) secondly, i think merely is better choice than mere. So,if anyone could specify the difference as when to use mere and when to use merely, then it would be highly appreciated.

TIA,lgon


information requires is, so A,B,C are out.

IMHO, mere is adjective, merely is adverb. Here we need "mere" as it is modifying "three percent of the cell’s DNA"

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Thanks alpha_plus_gamma for the point.

Information is collective noun so all of information is singular.
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IMO D...since information should be is and merely is better than mere
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New post 20 Jan 2009, 01:48
Can sum1 explain if we should use "the" in the sentence or not? How does the usage of "the" change the meaning? I had read sumewhere but I hv 4gotten
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Here the answer choice can be derived only by two rules.
1. Use of adjective "mere"
2. Use of singular verb "is" in place of "are".

Here, the use of "the" makes specific reference to those genes where information remains encoded.
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Here the answer choice can be derived only by two rules.
1. Use of adjective "mere"
2. Use of singular verb "is" in place of "are".

Here, the use of "the" makes specific reference to those genes where information remains encoded.

I am also leaning towards in a mere 3 percent of the ....

If merely were to be the correct choice, the sentence could not be written in passive voice.
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what is the OA of this Q?
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I too have confusion in the use of 'mere' instead of 'merely' in the statement..what difference does it make?...can somebody please explain it?

mere 3% of the DNA ('mere' modifies whole phrase i.e. '3% of the DNA ' )
merely 3% of the DNA ('merely' modifies 3%)

so what I think is both are right...what is that i am missing here? :wall
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E it is


the verb "is" should be there instead of "are" ,So A,B,C are out.

between D and E , E seems more concise in meaning
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New post 30 Nov 2015, 13:07
hsbinfy wrote:
E it is


the verb "is" should be there instead of "are" ,So A,B,C are out.

between D and E , E seems more concise in meaning


The meaning in D changes. the real meaning here is "50k to 100k different genes found in a human cell".
Also, Gmat Prefers the following pattern - V>A>N. ie, Verb form of a word over adjective form over noun form. Mere is an adjective, while merely is an adverb.
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