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# Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150

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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
a) their horny jaws function for teeth
b) its horny jaws function for teeth
c) its horny jaws function as do teeth
d) the horny jaws function as teeth do
e) the horny jaws function as teeth
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15 Jul 2008, 09:54
A uses their to refer to singular turtle. Wrong

B uses for. wrong

Among C, D & E, I feel do is unnecessary when the word function already encapsulates the idea that HJ performs functions similar to teeth

E is my pick.

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15 Jul 2008, 12:28
straight E, cause it's the only option that compares silmilar things. C and D compares action to noun.

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15 Jul 2008, 12:28
MamtaKrishnia wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
a) their horny jaws function for teeth
b) its horny jaws function for teeth
c) its horny jaws function as do teeth
d) the horny jaws function as teeth do
e) the horny jaws function as teeth

IMO E is the correct answer
the problem areas as per my opinion have been marked in red color

what is the OA for this one
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15 Jul 2008, 16:12
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary 'turtle' species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.

a) their horny jaws function for teeth ----- 'their' is Plural - Should agree with 'turtle' in number

b) its horny jaws function for teeth ----- 'function for' is unidiomatic. It should be function AS x does.

c) its horny jaws function as do teeth

d) the horny jaws function as teeth do ------ It's the turtle's horny jaws that is being mentioned not some random horny jaw. Hence the possessive case 'its' should be used

e) the horny jaws function as teeth ------- Same as above + fuction as teeth 'do' is the correct way to compare an action.

Ans is C

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15 Jul 2008, 18:01
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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary 'turtle' species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.

c) its horny jaws function as do teeth

e) the horny jaws function as teeth ------- Same as above + fuction as teeth 'do' is the correct way to compare an action.

here action is immaterial, the horny jaws "replace/act as" teeth in certain species of turtle, they don't replace the action done by teeth. and the correct idiom should be "X functions as Y"

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15 Jul 2008, 18:19
i think we can eliminate A for unidiomatic "function for" rather than SVA since their here refers to "turtle species" rather than turtle...am i right in this reasoning..????

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15 Jul 2008, 19:10
Should be 'C'

D and E are out because of not using 'its'

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15 Jul 2008, 21:01
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Should be 'C'

D and E are out because of not using 'its'

Its or Their is not required.. A,B,C are out..

Here subject is clear.. "contemporaty turtle species"
"in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth"
= In X the moderately sharp and jagged edges of horny jaws function as teeth.
( it clear that we are talking about X's horny jaws .. We need not to refer with possive pronoun.. )

D) Y [of horny jaws] function as Z do. "Y" not || "Z do "
E) Y [of horny jaws] function as Z. Y ||Z

E is perfect.
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17 Jul 2008, 05:54
OA is E.

x2suresh wrote:
vshaunak@gmail.com wrote:
Should be 'C'

D and E are out because of not using 'its'

Its or Their is not required.. A,B,C are out..

Here subject is clear.. "contemporaty turtle species"
"in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth"
= In X the moderately sharp and jagged edges of horny jaws function as teeth.
( it clear that we are talking about X's horny jaws .. We need not to refer with possive pronoun.. )

D) Y [of horny jaws] function as Z do. "Y" not || "Z do "
Thanks x2suresh
This is exactly what i was confused about. whether Y is the entire first part or just horny jaws.

E) Y [of horny jaws] function as Z. Y ||Z

E is perfect.

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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth
B. its horny jaws function for teeth
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth
B. its horny jaws function for teeth
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

I believe the correct idiom is function as... so a,b, and c are out
Between D&E, D changes the meaning to say that the jaws perform the same functions as teeth do (the jaws chew), whereas E retains the original meaning that the jaws act as teeth -> so E

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11 Aug 2009, 19:33
ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws [strike]function for[/strike] teeth
B. its horny jaws [strike]function for[/strike] teeth
C. its horny jaws function [strike]as do[/strike] teeth
D the horny jaws function [strike]as teeth do[/strike]
E the horny jaws function as teeth

Question - between their and its... what would have been used ?
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11 Aug 2009, 23:48
I go with E.

B and C are out because the sentence mentions in some species... Hence its more appropriate to use 'the'.

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ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth ...function for is incorrect
B. its horny jaws function for teeth ...function for is incorrect
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth..
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth...corrrect..here as is used ...in the capacity of...or in the role of....

Agree with you, 'as' here is used for 'in the capacity of'
IMO E.
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ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws [strike]function for[/strike] teeth
B. its horny jaws [strike]function for[/strike] teeth
C. its horny jaws function [strike]as do[/strike] teeth
D the horny jaws function [strike]as teeth do[/strike]
E the horny jaws function as teeth

Question - between their and its... what would have been used ?

I think 'their' would be correct as subject is plural in the second clause.
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ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth
B. its horny jaws function for teeth
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

I believe the correct idiom is function as... so a,b, and c are out
Between D&E, D changes the meaning to say that the jaws perform the same functions as teeth do (the jaws chew), whereas E retains the original meaning that the jaws act as teeth -> so E

agree ..OA is E ..

but what if my intension was to just compare the function(as it did in option D)? how/what is the correct way to write that sentence?

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bipolarbear wrote:
ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth
B. its horny jaws function for teeth
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

I believe the correct idiom is function as... so a,b, and c are out
Between D&E, D changes the meaning to say that the jaws perform the same functions as teeth do (the jaws chew), whereas E retains the original meaning that the jaws act as teeth -> so E

Agree with the explanation . E it is

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ugimba wrote:
Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
A. their horny jaws function for teeth
B. its horny jaws function for teeth
C. its horny jaws function as do teeth
D the horny jaws function as teeth do
E the horny jaws function as teeth

Second sentence refers to turtle species so B and C are out due to "its"
function for is not correct so A is out.
D has parrallel problem. What does teeth do?
E is correct. In some turtle species the sharp and edges of their jaws function as teeth.

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Although the turtle has been toothless for more than 150 million years, in some contemporary turtle species the moderately sharp and jagged edges of their horny jaws function for teeth.
a) their horny jaws function for teeth
b) its horny jaws function for teeth
c) its horny jaws function as do teeth
d) the horny jaws function as teeth do
e) the horny jaws function as teeth

OA:E

correct idiom function as>>Eliminate A,B

Point to be noted:species can be used as both singular/plural

Between C,D,E??
The it is said to work as a possesive poison..this is not clear..please explain in detail
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