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A manatee differs from its relative, the dugong, in both size and shape; the largest difference is the dugong's tail, which is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail.

(A) which is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail
(A) which the dugong's is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail
(A) which being forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail
(A) which is forked, unlike its paddle-shaped tail
(A) which is forked, unlike the manatee's paddle-shaped tail
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Originally posted by elegantm on 02 Oct 2017, 18:07.
Last edited by broall on 03 Oct 2017, 08:25, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A manatee differs from its relative, the dugong, in both size and shap [#permalink]

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Please underline the required part.

The proper usage of unlike is: unlike A, B.
Here the comparison is between dugong's tail and manatee's tail. This is expressed correctly in option E.
In A, B, and C pronoun "their" is ambiguous. In D "its" is ambiguous.

Ans: E.

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Another thought: Use of semicolons demand that clauses make sense when read independently, thereby requiring us to repeat manatee instead of replacing with a possessive pronoun.
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A manatee differs from its relative, the dugong, in both size and shape; the largest difference is the dugong's tail, which is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail.

(A) which is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail (manatee is singular)
(B) which the dugong's is forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail (Same as A)
(C) which being forked, unlike their paddle-shaped tail (Same as A)
(D) which is forked, unlike its paddle-shaped tail (manate is a living object. So usage of its is wrong)
(E) which is forked, unlike the manatee's paddle-shaped tail (Correct)

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