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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2005, 16:33
Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
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Had some trouble b/w A and B. I think A on second thought is better


I had the same trouble but I think I will go for B.
I think A has following problem:

1.wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

THEY has no Referant. It reads to me as if WASPS consist of... where as it's the socitey.


For E ..."IT" is intrusive and has no referant. It breaks IIism and moreover "almost" is awakward and changes the meaning too.


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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2005, 18:32
Hmmm, I went for B first but I see my mistake now by switching to A :hair . A's appositive structure includes a verb but yet, "consist of" should not be there because a phrase has no verb! I was just bothered by the fact that B has active voice "consisting of" which is not as good as "consist of". However, in this case, it seems best as it avoids the inclusion of an intrusive verb. It seems like not doing verbal questions for a while makes you rusty :stupid
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2005, 21:21
saurabhmalpani wrote:
Paul wrote:
Had some trouble b/w A and B. I think A on second thought is better


I had the same trouble but I think I will go for B.
I think A has following problem:

1.wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

THEY has no Referant. It reads to me as if WASPS consist of... where as it's the socitey.


For E ..."IT" is intrusive and has no referant. It breaks IIism and moreover "almost" is awakward and changes the meaning too.


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I am confused with the usage of "wasps" again in "B", the stem talks abt "Yellow Jackets" specifically, making it a subject, usage of "wasps" in B again alters the meaning of the stem, making it sound like stem talks abt wasps in general and not "Yellow Jacket".....me confused :?: :?
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 [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2005, 21:21
I will go with B as well

A has a problem by using "where" B fixes this problem with relative pronoun that
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Between (A) and (B), will go with (B).

(A) - ... world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females ... "where" does not do well to qualify the organized society, if that's what it was there for.

(B) - ... wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of females ... - cooperative and organized society consising almost entirely ... is a more appropriate usage.
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Re: SC Yellow Jackets [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 09:17
Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
Yellow jackets number among ... wasps, wasps living ... Doesn't seem to flow
Also "they" is wrong

B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
Yellow jackets number among ... wasps, wasps that ...
Same with A, doesn't flow

C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
"almost all females" seems to be fragmental.

D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
"it" refers to "their society", seems alright.

E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
"consist of almost all females" wrong in meaning? Is the use of "it" correct?
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 10:55
Hmmm Ok D is not right because "a sociaty is female" doesn't sound right. The next best would be E then.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 12:18
I say B...even though it sounds awkward the construction seems right....that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of ...
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 12:46
I would go with B.
E is bad becasuse the modifier is wrong.
First of all there are no pronouns used in this. In C, D to which does they/their correspond. Does that world relate to Wasps or the complete species??
The same case is applicable with A too.
so when I narrow down between A and B, My vote would be for B(with no pronouns that create confusion)
Paul, why did you switch your answer from B to A?? what abt the pronoun?

whats the OA??
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 13:41
B is about a figure of style and is in no way redundant

ie I like flowers, flowers so beautiful that they would cost me an arm.

There is nothing wrong with the above which marks an emphasis on the target word "flowers"
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 13:57
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B is about a figure of style and is in no way redundant

ie I like flowers, flowers so beautiful that they would cost me an arm.

There is nothing wrong with the above which marks an emphasis on the target word "flowers"


Shouldn't there be a semicolone between the two independent sentences in absence of a conjunction.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2005, 14:39
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world’s social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of

C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all

D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely

E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2005, 13:28
Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
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Something is pushing me to stay away from E and choose B. I don't like "and it consists" in E.
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additionally consists of almost all females in E looks awkward.
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I agree....B for me as well. In E, "it consists" just doesn't seem to parallel with the rest of the sentence.
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