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

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22 Sep 2010, 05:55
I answered (B) but immediately understood why it was wrong. In this problem, you can immediately eliminate (A), (C), and (D), because the clause at the beginning of the sentence ("Almost like clones...") cannot modify "homogeneity". Between (B) and (E), (E) is clearly the correct answer because "...their similarity to one another" has to be paired with something reflecting individuals, or else "their similarity" and "one another" make no sense. So (E) fits the bill by saying "Members of the cheetah species".
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22 Sep 2010, 06:00
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.

Yes Modifier issues.Comparission
A->species to clones
B->species to clones
C->homogenity to clones
D->homogenity to clones
E compaes members to clones.
please let me know if i am right or wrong
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22 Sep 2010, 07:35
sauravdas wrote:
why is C wrong?

Because it states that "homogeneity" is "almost like clones".
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22 Sep 2010, 07:37
Its E...
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22 Sep 2010, 08:12
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

A) "their" refers to many, but isn't species referred to as plural? Anyway it sounds awkward.
B) Now species is referred to singularly, but that is inconsistent with "their".
C) "like clones" refer to cheetah or cheetah species so it cannot refer to homogeneity.
D) Same as C.
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22 Sep 2010, 11:50
i dont think you will get such an easy question on gmat.
this probably a 650 level question.
simple modifier question, only option that fits the modifier is in E.
when they say
Almost like clones in their similarity to one another
the word after comma should represent 'almost like clones'
OptionA and B-the cheetah species-species is not clones-go out
Option c and D go out, as the word after comma is homogenity
which is again not relevant.
members of species (only they are clones)
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22 Sep 2010, 13:18
I agree with the OA being E. I am surprised they didn't try to get more tricky with possessives - you could have definitely been messed up big time by that.
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22 Sep 2010, 15:09
+1 for OA.
(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to diseasethem is not clearly refers to antecedent
(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneityS-V Error (species is plural and is singular
(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to diseaselogically not correct ..makes it especial vulnerable (it is referring species)
(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to diseaseModifier error
(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneitycorrectly modifies the dependent clause and S-V Agreement is also clear
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22 Sep 2010, 22:33
The ans is E. Explanation already given in earlier posts...
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23 Sep 2010, 00:45
accepted that the options would have been more subtle if the possessive
forms had been played upon. something like "members' homogeneity" would surely
attract a good number of responses under timed pressure.

In any case, option E distinctly stands out as the best response.
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23 Sep 2010, 10:47
Only E correctly relates to the modifying clause "Almost like clones in their similarity to one another".
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25 Sep 2010, 05:53
species is plural. Hence B is wrong. Answer is E.
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26 Sep 2011, 23:30
cheetah species’ and cheetah species

please guys what is the difference between them ....
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27 Sep 2011, 03:22
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' cannot modify homegenity, but it can modify 'members of...' hence E!
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30 Sep 2011, 07:40
gamjatang 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 selected B.
But rightly said, it should be E because members and clones are both plural.
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26 Sep 2012, 07:04
The main flaw here is that the sentence is comparing clones to homogeneity. You can't do thattttttttttt. So because clones is not underlined, we need the beginning of the underlined part to have something that can be compared with clones....

b) species.... tempting but no. "clones in their similarity to one another".. "species in their similarity to one another"... doesn't sound right. i think we need something WITHIN the species to be compared with clones
c) nope
d) nope
e) BINGO! members of the cheetah species are like clones.

E is correct.
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24 Apr 2013, 08:32
I am surprised that many people have suggested in option B there are two errors

(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

i) Species is plural , so usage of 'IS' is wrong- > totally wrong
ii) its can't refer back to the cheetah species -> again totally wrong

B can be excluded because

Almost like clones in their similarity to one another,-> we are talking about multiple things , individual items, clear from usage of 'their'
the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity- > talks about whole species not individuals

SO B is out
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05 Jan 2016, 12:20
wow, 15 second question. pretty rare when you can cross out 4 bad ones right off the bat.
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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
Modifier error. It's not the cheetah species' homogeneity that is similar, it's the cheetah species.

(B) the cheetah speciesis especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
The modifier is correct but it runs into a second problem. The species can't be vulnerable to disease, the cheetahs themselves are vulnerable to the disease. This error is fixed in E.

(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
Modifier error. It's not the cheetah species' homogeneity that is similar, it's the cheetah species.

(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
Modifier error. It's not the cheetah species' homogeneity that is similar, it's the cheetah species.

(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity
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13 Mar 2016, 05:14
The modification error clearly removes three choices namely A, C and D. It is not the homogeneity that is like clones but the members of the Cheetah species.
B is out for reasons of subject – pronoun number disagreement by using their for the singular species.E is the final survivor
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