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According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals and meat from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is good for cardiac health.

A. wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is
B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be
C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be
D. total fat of wild animals is less than livestock fed on grain and they have more fat of a kind thought to be
E. total fat is less in wild animals than that of livestock fed on grain and more of their fat is of a kind they think is
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I went for C. I strongly believe C is correct.

it was between B vs C.


B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be -> changes the meaning.

C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be -> correct proper comparison
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I don't understand this comparison:

"wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock"

what a word "that" substitutes here.
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Look at the following 3 comparisons

"wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock"
-- this comparison is clearly wrong. does this statement less fat than fat of livestock ? would that be a proper english sentence ?

"wild animals have less total fat than livestock have"
-- This makes much more sense. Sometimes the have at the end is not written (since its obvious). This phenomenon is termed ellipsis, and it is used in this statement.

"wild animals have less total fat than do livestock"
-- I am not sure whether this option is correct. Someone else may have to explain it.

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A. wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is . pronoun they has no referent

B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be

C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be

D. total fat of wild animals is less than livestock fed on grain and they have more fat of a kind thought to be

E. total fat is less in wild animals than that of livestock fed on grain and more of their fat is of a kind they think is .

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I am afraid that this is a weird question. No choice seems satisfying.

A and E are out because, we don’t have a proper reference for the pronoun they.

B looks apparently better than others, because, in gist, it maintains the comparison between wild animals and domestic animals, although it is also meaning to say that wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock, which is indeed absurd

C compares the total fat of these two kinds of animals rather than comparing the animals themselves.

D is comparing total fat with livestock.

B is the best of the bad boys.
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I am afraid that this is a weird question. No choice seems satisfying.

B looks apparently better than others, because, in gist, it maintains the comparison between wild animals and domestic animals, although it is also meaning to say that wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock, which is indeed absurd

The right answer is B which is surprising. This is kind of interesting question.


Going by the same logic that you have used, I picked B.

But does the sentence imply that "wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock"?

Let's consider some examples:

Japan has more money than China (has).
Japan's economy is better than that of China.
Japan's economy is better than China.

In the first example, you are comparing two countries. In the second, you are comparing economies. So both the sentences are correct. The third example is wrong because the comparison is wrong.

Please correct me if I'm mistaken but I think that you are attributing the mistake in the third example to the question when in fact it has a structure similar to the first example.

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The problem with the choice B is its ambiguity. IMO, though weird as it may look, it does imply a possibility that the wild animals have less total fat than they have livestock.

Taking your choices


Japan has more money than China (has).
Japan's economy is better than that of China.
Japan's economy is better than China.

In the first one, which seems to have no problem, the saving grace is the elliptical verb “has.” If you had not indicated it, the meaning may distort that Japan has more money than Japan has China.( absurd though)

Let me give you a couple of examples, where it may not be so absurd

I Jack loves Jill more than Tom.

Basically two interpretations are possible,


1. Jack loves Jill more than he loves Tom,
2. Jack loves Jill more that Tom loves Jill

II Nobody knows the baby better than the mother

1 nobody knows the baby better than the mother knows the baby
2. Nobody knows the baby better than he or she knows the mother

In order to remove this ambiguity only, we have to provide a necessary verb in the second arm of the comparison. In the given text, B would have been better, if it had stated “wild animals have less total fat than have livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be

Is it of any help?
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Thank you daagh. Now I understand the concept better. Thanks again for your time and effort!!

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According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals
and meat from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock
fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is
good for cardiac health.
A. wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind
of fat they think is
B. wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of
fat thought to be
C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more
fat of a kind thought to be
D. total fat of wild animals is less than livestock fed on grain and they have more fat
of a kind thought to be
E. total fat is less in wild animals than that of livestock fed on grain and more of
their fat is of a kind they think is


I reached to answer B only by POE. A and E are out due to ambiguity over 'they'. C & D are out due to incorrect comparisons.
Can some explain how phrase 'According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat..' is referring to wild animals? I thought some answer choice will have 'meat' as a subject rather than 'animals'.
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1. If this is an OG or GPRP question, I will agree with the OA.
2. Grammatically A and E are out because both choices use an irrelevant pronoun ‘they’.
3. In D also, ‘they’ is ambiguous and no one knows whether it refers to wild animals or livestock or studies.
4. In C, the comparison is between the total fat in wild animals with that in livestock fed on grains; Considering that the studies compare the nutritional values of two types of meat rather than the two meats themselves or the two types of animals , the comparison seems to be fairly good in C.

5.On the contrary, B straight compares wild animals with livestock, which is prima facie wrong as it alters the intent of the original. In addition, the structure of the sentence gives a slant that the wild animals have less total fat than the wild animals have livestock fed on ……

6.This is not to say that C is rather the most elegant; it also its own flaws. The ‘have’ with less total fat and the ‘have’ with more fat of a kind are both redundant; It would be parallel to cut off the second ‘have’.

In spite of all this reasoning, B is claimed to be the right answer? Any reason?
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Anybody like to take a shot at how a correct version of the sentence would look like?

My attempt:

According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals and meat
from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and have
more fat of a kind that is thought to be good for cardiac health.

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The answer to this question is definitely (B) and not (C). The question itself is fine; somebody just made a minor typo and put (C) instead of (B).

In (C) we have the pronoun 'that': 'wild animals have less total fat than that of....' What exactly does the 'that' refer to? If the 'that' referred to the fat of livestock, then we would be comparing 'wild animals' to 'the fat of livestock' which is indeed a bizarre comparison. (B) maintains a logical comparison between 'wild animals' and 'livestock.'
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The above link (shared by rahulsn84) states that MGMAT supports B on this one.
Was not convinced with B as " wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain" could be interpreted to mean wild animals have less fat and more livestock -Illogical comparison. Also, MGMAT guides emphasizes the need for "does" in situations such as I like to eat pies more that Jill does (Without "does" you could like pies more than Jill or eating them more than Jill does). Anyway, as per the thread though that rule is valid, GMAT doesn't consider it a deal breaker!!) :O

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I think B and C are both incorrect... The correct one would read something like this....

wild animals have less total fat than livestock fed on grain do and more of a kind of fat thought to be
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C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be
- C is correct as that of implies fat of live stock..



Lets break this down...

Wild animals have less total fat than "that" of livestock fed on grain

What does that refer to? If it is fat as is claimed...

The sentence would read

Wild animals have less total fat than fat of livestock fed on grain - Thats an incorrect comparison because it compares Wild Animals with Fat of Livestock fed on grain
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B. It correctly compares wild animals to livestock fed on grain and constructs the "less X and more Y" idiom correctly.

C compares wild animals to "that of" livestock... what is "that of" referring to? It also says "have less X and have more Y" - we don't need the second have. The first have can apply to both parts of the idiom.
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Exactly....I was actually a lil taken aback when I saw C blinking green. for eg. It would be correct to say that Bill has more money than Mark. It would be incorrect to say that Bill has more money than 'that' of Mark. 'That' makes no sense.

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This is interesting...choose B and C flashed green? this set me off.

C. wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be

We don't need that since its logical that we comparing less total fat of wild animals with livestock who are fed on grain. Also that is X and Y structure here, and we do not need to repeat 'have'. wild animals have....and have.... this becomes to wordy.



I went with C. I looked at it closely and found that its a sentence structure problem. The way i concluded on C is as follows.

D&E are clearly out since we need a modifier after comma which should be animals.

"wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain" we need to compare fat of wild animals with fat of livestock. We need THAT after than. Its present only in C.

also look at the marker AND.
"wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be"

its a [X] and [Y] which describes wild animals fat so on either side it should begin with HAVE. This is present in only C.

So read something like this.

wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be

wild animals have less total fat than that of livestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be

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According to recent studies comparing the nutritional value of meat from wild animals and meat from domesticated animals, wild animals have less total fat than do livestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat they think is good for cardiac health.
lets compare the contenders..."B" and "c".....


B. wild animals have less total fat thanlivestock fed on grain and more of a kind of fat thought to be.....LIVESTOCK FED ON GRAIN COMPARED TO WILD ANIMALS......



C. wild animals have less total fat thanthat oflivestock fed on grain and have more fat of a kind thought to be...."THAT OF" is undefined....

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