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# A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection

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Re: A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection [#permalink]
To me, A and B are contenders.

Finally go for A.

Wait for the OA
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I will go with B as well.

Below is my reasoning:

A. a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that
B. a few completely self-performed hunts confirm that correct
C. a few hunts completely performed by self are indicative that passive
D. a few completely self-performed hunts is a fine indication that (hunts should be accompanied with are, not is which is singular
E. completing a few self-performed hunts are a fine indication that alters meaning
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Re: A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection [#permalink]
B cannot be right because "confirm" distorts the intended meaning of the given question
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Re: A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection [#permalink]
According to me Option B is not a complete sentence !

hence, option A

Experts some feedback on this one !
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A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection from the mother lioness; a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that the child lion has grown enough to fend itself against the wild animals.

A. a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that ==> Correct, "are" matches with "a few completely...hunts"
B. a few completely self-performed hunts confirm that ==> the sentence may not contain any grammatical errors, but the meaning does not match with what was originally intended, the hunts are considered indications, they do not confirm that the child lion has grown enough to fend itself against the wild animals.
C. a few hunts completely performed by self are indicative that==> "are" does not match with "a few hunts...by self", here the the subject is not "a few hunts", but rather the subject clause "a few...self".
D. a few completely self-performed hunts is a fine indication that ==> "is" does not agree with "a few .... hunts".
E. completing a few self-performed hunts are a fine indication that ==> "are" does not agree with "completing..hunts", which is an subject clause.
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A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection from the mother lioness; a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that the child lion has grown enough to fend itself against the wild animals.

C. a few hunts completely performed by self are indicative that==> "are" does not match with "a few hunts...by self", here the the subject is not "a few hunts", but rather the subject clause "a few...self".

This Post is two years old, but nevertheless! This is not why this choice is wrong. And Subject and Verb perfectly agree here.
Subject= A few hunts, Verb= are indicative
"completely performed by self" is a modifier. However, C is wordy, and that is why the choice is wrong
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although 'are' is used to define hunts and that is correct but is the usage of ' a few' correct?
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globaldesi wrote:
although 'are' is used to define hunts and that is correct but is the usage of ' a few' correct?

Yes. "A few" = "a small number of"

Here are sentences in which few is used.
You do not need to append the word "of."

Substitute "a small number of."
. . . a small number of completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication . . .
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GMATNinja kindly enlighten us why A is correct and B is not.
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Hey Guys i got this one correct please find my reasons for eliminating wrong options

1) Correct
2) Confirm - This completely changes the meaning of the sentence although at the beginning I thought it as a contender but indication and confirmation are completely different so eliminated this based on this grounds.
3) A few followed by prepositonal phrase so the subject here is hunts are is the correct usage but the option is little awkward and passive so eliminate this as well.
4) A few hunts is plural so this is a subject verb agreement error.
5) In this option completing becomes subject, which is singular. Since completing doesn't agree with plural verb eliminate this option as well.

Hope this helps:-)
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How can "self-performed hunts" - plural, be "a fine indication" - singular?
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Re: A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection [#permalink]
theres nothing wrong with option b . Option A is wordy and less concise . An Experts perspective would be great!
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Re: A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection [#permalink]
I narrowed it down to A and B and chose B.
As and when possible could any expert point out why B is wrong and A is right?
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SarthakHaruray wrote:
theres nothing wrong with option b . Option A is wordy and less concise . An Experts perspective would be great!

kntombat wrote:
I narrowed it down to A and B and chose B.
As and when possible could any expert point out why B is wrong and A is right?

AnandMan wrote:
GMATNinja kindly enlighten us why A is correct and B is not.

Hello, everyone. For what it is worth, I will offer my thoughts on why choice (A) is preferred over (B). Let me start by saying that I do not subscribe to the notion that the original sentence contains the intended meaning. Only the non-underlined portion can be taken as gospel. Otherwise, you could expect to see a lot more correct first options to SC questions. This one is no different.

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A cub is often weaker than a kitten and needs protection from the mother lioness; a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that the child lion has grown enough to fend itself against the wild animals.

A. a few completely self-performed hunts are a fine indication that
B. a few completely self-performed hunts confirm that

Source: ExpertsGlobal

So how do we determine whether are a fine indication or confirm makes for a better answer? We have to rely on the context of the sentence and let expressed meaning guide our hand. Choice (A) indicates a degree of uncertainty. Although lone hunts are a sign that a cub has grown enough to fend [for] itself, such hunts may not provide the only sign. Hence, several completely self-performed hunts offer a strong sign or a fine indication that a cub may no longer need protection from its mother.

Choice (B) is too strong in its use of confirm. If you read the word as prove, it begs the question, How so? How would a few such hunts prove anything? What if the hunts were unsuccessful? (The line does not tell us about the outcomes, just that the hunts were self-performed.) What constitutes a few? Two? Five? At what point would there be a crossover from a strong sign to proof of something? The mind races.

The takeaway is that overstated language can lead to unclear or incorrect conclusions. To be honest, this exact split reminds me more of something I might see in a CR or RC question, but here it is, all the same.

I hope that helps. Good luck with your studies.

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Shouldn't it be "few hunts are fine indications"? How is "a fine indication" correct here? GMATNinja AndrewN generis ExpertsGlobal5
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VelvetThunder wrote:
Shouldn't it be "few hunts are fine indications"? How is "a fine indication" correct here? GMATNinja AndrewN generis ExpertsGlobal5

Hello, VelvetThunder. As I touched on in my post above, it is quite possible for multiple units of something—likes on a social media post, launches for an aeronautical site, sales figures for a business, or, here, hunts for an animal—to be taken as a sign of something. The focus is on the collective, rather than on the individual components. Similarly, I could say that mistakes in grammar with irregular verbs can be taken as a sign that a child is internalizing the rules or conventions. I may not be emphasizing that each mistake provides such a sign, but that many such mistakes, considered as a whole, offer such information. In other words, the pattern could be more important than the constituents.

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AndrewN wrote:
VelvetThunder wrote:
Shouldn't it be "few hunts are fine indications"? How is "a fine indication" correct here? GMATNinja AndrewN generis ExpertsGlobal5

Hello, VelvetThunder. As I touched on in my post above, it is quite possible for multiple units of something—likes on a social media post, launches for an aeronautical site, sales figures for a business, or, here, hunts for an animal—to be taken as a sign of something. The focus is on the collective, rather than on the individual components. Similarly, I could say that mistakes in grammar with irregular verbs can be taken as a sign that a child is internalizing the rules or conventions. I may not be emphasizing that each mistake provides such a sign, but that many such mistakes, considered as a whole, offer such information. In other words, the pattern could be more important than the constituents.

- Andrew

Thanks AndrewN You are the best!
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