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A manatee differs from its relative, the dugong, in both size and shap

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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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03 Oct 2017, 08:07

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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03 Oct 2017, 11:02
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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03 Oct 2017, 19:10
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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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01 Feb 2019, 03:18
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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

Official Explanation:
This sentence presents an ambiguous pronoun, their, which also happens to disagree in number with its antecedents. It is unclear whether their is referring to manatees or to dugongs. Only Choice (E) clears up the ambiguity.
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