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As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara

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As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara [#permalink]

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As a result of the ground-breaking work of
Barbara McClintock, many scientists now
believe that all of the information
encoded in 50,000 to 100,000 of the
different genes found in a human cell are
contained in merely three percent of the
cell’s DNA.
(A) 50,000 to 100,000 of the different
genes found in a human cell are contained
in merely
(B) 50,000 to 100,000 of the human cell’s
different genes are contained in a mere
(C) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes
found in human cells are contained in
merely
(D) 50,000 to 100,000 of human cell’s
different genes is contained in merely
(E) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes
found in a human cell is contained in a
mere

I have confusion here in the use of 'mere'
statement..what difference does it
mere 3% of the DNA ('mere' modifies
whole phrase i.e. '3% of the DNA ' )
merely 3% of the DNA ('merely' modifies
3%)
so what I think is both are right...what is
that i am missing here?

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30 Dec 2012, 00:01
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Grammatical difference between them - Merely is adverb (used to modify verbs only) whereas Mere is adjective (used to modify nouns or noun phrases).
Merely: Last night he merely shared his opinion. (Modifies verb "shared")
Mere: Last night he shared his opinion in mere two lines. (modifies noun "Two words")

In this SC problem, the use of "merely" is improper as it is trying to modify the noun phrase "three percent of the cell’s DNA". Use of "mere" is more appropriate here.

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