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Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. A. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

B. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. C. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.
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24 Jul 2006, 13:34
Subject verb agreement porblem and concision porblem I would go in this case for D
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24 Jul 2006, 13:54
D

A and B are straight out.
"its" in C may refer to fleece or alpaca.
E has S-V problem: five pounds of fleece fetches

I think both are fine:
1. The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D: Used as adjective
2. 'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E. : Used as noun

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24 Jul 2006, 14:48
D for me... it compares fleece worth to the animal's market value.

E isn't || and if it was, then it would have a redundancy problem

Consider this altered 1st part of E

The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to THAT OF animal's market value;

"THAT OF (=that worth of) animal's market VALUE"... value is the worth, so this would be redundant.

dahiya... is that what you mean by "don't see the difference b/w D and E"?
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24 Jul 2006, 16:32
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Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. A. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

B. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. C. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.

I'll go with D.

A:"even if" is incorrect, this is out. should be 'fetch' not 'fetches'
B: unnecessary use of present continuous tense.
C: uses 'its'. what does its refer to? the animal or its fleece?
E: wordy compared to D, 5 pounds fetch, not fetches.
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24 Jul 2006, 16:33
zoom612 wrote:
Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. A. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

B. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. C. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.

D.

E is wrong since it does the mistake of having a pronoun refer to a possessive noun.
And five pounds .. and "fetches" don't go together.
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24 Jul 2006, 16:38
zoom612 wrote:
Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. A. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

B. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. C. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece (can) fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece (can) fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.

can bring ......... (can) fetch sounds more correct
can bring .........(can) fetches is wrong

are they testing parallelism?
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24 Jul 2006, 16:57
I would go with E on this one.

THE WORTH of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the ANIMAL'S MARKET VALUE.

the worth || the market value

u2lover, i think

"The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to THAT OF animal's market value"

would mean that we are comparing worth with the worth[THAT] of animal's market value. I don't think it makes sense.

Also, numbers that repesent a single unit are singular, for example:

a million dollars is a lot of money to keep under your mattress.

This example is given in Grammar Smart (Princeton Review).

So, it's right to use "fetches" here.
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24 Jul 2006, 17:15
I think shoonya's got a point.One for the error log.
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24 Jul 2006, 18:46
I am switching to E... makes more sense indeed... The worth is compared to the market value... period

D is very mind boggling... E seems more simple

thanks shoonya

another reason to eliminate D is to look at 2nd part of the statement:

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Five pounds of meat cost $3.50 Director Joined: 28 Dec 2005 Posts: 755 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 14 [0], given: 0 ### Show Tags 25 Jul 2006, 00:09 u2lover wrote: :beat I am switching to E... makes more sense indeed... The worth is compared to the market value... period D is very mind boggling... E seems more simple thanks shoonya another reason to eliminate D is to look at 2nd part of the statement: a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

we use "WHILE" to mean "during" on the GMAT... during certain time period... the way D describes it it seems like the process occurs at the same time, which could/could not be true...

even though is better because the values they are describing are quite different.

I agree, I did notice this after reading shoonya's post. The usage of 'while' does seem to be worse than the use of 'even though'. 'While' may be used comparatively, but it could also be used as a chronological reference, making the sentence ambiguous, if not completely changing its meaning. Good catch
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25 Jul 2006, 03:02
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Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. A. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little compared to their market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of$100,000 even if five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

B. Alpacas' fleece is worth surprisingly little in comparison with its market value; a top breeding specimen bringing upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetches only$80 to $240. C. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to its market value, while a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetch only $80 to$240.

D. The fleece of the alpaca is worth surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of $100,000 while five pounds of fleece fetch only$80 to $240. E. The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the animal's market value; a top breeding specimen can bring upwards of$100,000 even though five pounds of fleece fetches only $80 to$240.

Please discuss 'The fleece of the alpaca is worth ' in option D and
'The worth of the alpaca's fleece' in option E.

Shouldn't it be B....

Why are we using compared to here, we are trying to compare the market value of two things (similar).... so shouldn't it be compared with.
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25 Jul 2006, 06:14
shoonya wrote:
I would go with E on this one.

THE WORTH of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the ANIMAL'S MARKET VALUE.

the worth || the market value

u2lover, i think

"The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to THAT OF animal's market value"

would mean that we are comparing worth with the worth[THAT] of animal's market value. I don't think it makes sense.

Also, numbers that repesent a single unit are singular, for example:

a million dollars is a lot of money to keep under your mattress.

This example is given in Grammar Smart (Princeton Review).

So, it's right to use "fetches" here.

You nailed it buddy.
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25 Jul 2006, 06:40
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When "it" is not the subject, its always singular.

It was us who asked u2lovergirl to throw a party for the GMAT crowd.
NOT
It were us who asked u2lovergirl to throw a party for the GMAT crowd.

Hey futuristic, nice to see you adding value to the posts here!!! This is AWESOME!

Just to add to "IT" part... I am sure you know this, but when "IF" is used with IT" it implies a hypothetical situation (Subjuntive mood) and we must use "WERE" which contradits the rule of SVA.

If it were up to u2lovergal, she would have gone to Ireland to meet BONO.

I would love to throw a party for the GMAT crowd once I beat this stupid test

shoonya... thanks again for the pointer and the shoutout... I am not as good as you might think but thanks anyways
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25 Jul 2006, 06:44
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shoonya wrote:
I would go with E on this one.

THE WORTH of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to the ANIMAL'S MARKET VALUE.

the worth || the market value

u2lover, i think

"The worth of the alpaca's fleece is surprisingly little compared to THAT OF animal's market value"

would mean that we are comparing worth with the worth[THAT] of animal's market value. I don't think it makes sense.

Also, numbers that repesent a single unit are singular, for example:

a million dollars is a lot of money to keep under your mattress.

This example is given in Grammar Smart (Princeton Review).

So, it's right to use "fetches" here.

You nailed it buddy.

Why are we using compared to here, we are trying to compare the market value of two things (similar).... so shouldn't it be compared with.
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