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# Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the

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23 Oct 2006, 14:53
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah speciesâ€™ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

A. the cheetah speciesâ€™ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity
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25 Oct 2006, 06:43
E
Even though wordy, I think, it is only E that has the correct comparisons and conveys the meaning. I could be wrong.
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SC: another good one [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2007, 03:55
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.
A. the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity
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Re: SC: another good one [#permalink]

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19 Sep 2007, 04:25
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Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

A. the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
--> "homogeneity" is wrongly compared to "clones" . We can say that one clone is smiliar to another clone. However, can we say that a homogeneity is similar to another homogeneity? ---> It is obviously that "homogeneity" can't be compared with "clones" . Also, "them" has no specific antecedent.

One gramma point noted by Vivek123 long ago:
1. The taciturn personality of Joana makes her difficult to approach. --> in this case, "her" is understood to refer to "Joana"
In another case:
2. Joana's taciturn personality makes her difficult to approach --> "her" cannot be used to refer to "Joana"
==> for above reasons, A is out.

B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
--> "its" has no specific antecedent, whether it's "species" or "disease" we don't know. --> B is out.

C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
---> "homogeneity" is wrongly compared with "clones"
--> C is out.

D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
---> Same reason as in C. --> out

E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity --> correct.
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19 Sep 2007, 04:30
Btw, Younggun, where are you from? . I guess it's some Asian country, especially Eastern or Southeastern one.
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19 Sep 2007, 05:03
thanks lexieqv....nicely explained.
i am from India working in Singapore.

What abt u
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19 Sep 2007, 07:55
younggun044 wrote:
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.
A. the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

I pick E.

Species is singular (Eg: Human species is... not human species are...). Eliminate A.

C & D have modifier error; the cheetahs are similar to one another not their homogeneity.

B -> incorrect meaning --> the cheetah species cannot be homogeneous; members of the species can be homogeneous.

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Cheetah Species’ Homogeneity [#permalink]

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07 Oct 2009, 20:37
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity
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07 Oct 2009, 22:30
IMO B, test modifier related issues
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07 Oct 2009, 23:02
abhi758 wrote:
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.
A. the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

Problem is riddled with pronoun errors
Should be E.
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08 Oct 2009, 00:38
OA is 'E'. I could eliminate A, B and C because of the pronoun error, but how do you decide between D and E??
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08 Oct 2009, 02:14
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abhi758 wrote:
OA is 'E'. I could eliminate A, B and C because of the pronoun error, but how do you decide between D and E??

Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.
A. the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
C. the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
D. homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
E. members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

In D - the problem is that HOMOGENEITY appears directly after the opening Modifying Phrase (Almost like.. one another); This causes a modifier problem because it is the Cheetah Members who are like clones not Homogeneity. So D is out.
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08 Oct 2009, 02:27
Yes got it..thanks for the explanation dwivedys..
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08 Oct 2009, 06:56
B. the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

Why is B wrong? Is it because the pronoun its can refer to diease or species. Please correct me.
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08 Oct 2009, 07:10
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hi, B is wrong not because of its.. but the main reason is if u read the first part it contains 'their',so the modifier should be plural and 'the cheetah species' is singular.. therefore 'members of ... ' is correct.
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08 Oct 2009, 09:36
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08 Oct 2009, 09:43
please explain the difference.
what is the difference between "cheetah species'" and "cheetah species"? Which one is singular and plural?
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08 Oct 2009, 11:01
Correct me if I am wrong but, I believe they are both singular. When saying species you are referring to the entire group not specific members of the group.

The first one is however possessive and therefore needs an apostrophe.
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10 Oct 2009, 11:16
"cheetah species" are PLURAL. and in B we have "is" right after.

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22 Sep 2010, 04:38
B is wrong because the modifier "Almost like clones in their similarity to one another," cannot modify cheetah species. This twist the entire meaning of the sentence which in reality do not make sense. Effectively saying cheetah species are almost like clones in their similarity to one another. This is different from saying members of the cheetah species are almost like clones ...
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