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# As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock, many

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23 Apr 2017, 07:56
IMO ans is (E). Firstly, the should be used to indicate 50,000 to 100,000 represents all the genes. Secondly, in a mere should be used as it is an adj. Merely should be followed by a verb or another adverb which is not here.
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11 Jun 2017, 14:24
123. 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

A, B, C are out because "information" does not go with "are" .. "information" goes with "is" of option D and E
Between D & E, "mere" sounds correct and "merely" sounds incorrect (without getting too technical about it).. There E is CORRECT
Also "human cell´s different genes" vs "different genes found in a human cell" - the latter sounds correct but can anyone point out why (technically speaking)

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11 Jun 2017, 22:51
NooName wrote:
123. 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

A, B, C are out because "information" does not go with "are" .. "information" goes with "is" of option D and E
Between D & E, "mere" sounds correct and "merely" sounds incorrect (without getting too technical about it).. There E is CORRECT
Also "human cell´s different genes" vs "different genes found in a human cell" - the latter sounds correct but can anyone point out why (technically speaking)

Main breaker between option D & E is use of MERE..
On GMAT use of PLURAL POSSESSIVE NOUN (PPN) is not preferred when PPN is being modified. Thus use of "different genes found in a human cell" is preferred
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14 May 2018, 08:13
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helpmeongmat wrote:
123. 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

E
"Information"is singular and hence "is" is required ->A,B,C are out.
"merely" in D is incoorect

I think 'is' is required because of 'all'. 'All of the information' is a prepositional phrase and the subject is 'all' not 'information'.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
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14 May 2018, 08:18
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Please let me know what is the subject here. Isn't it 'All' rather than 'information' 'All of the information' is prepositional phrase.
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14 May 2018, 08:32
E? I think "is" is required instead of "are" and -ly in merely in D sounds nonsensical. Am I right?
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27 Jul 2018, 07:08
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.

This question requires understanding of multiples concepts such as..
1. Subject Verb Agreement(Singular Subject--> Singular Verb and Plural Subject--> Plural Verb)

(A) 50,000 to 100,000 of the different genes found in a human cell are contained in merely
Wrong: Violation of rule 1 as well as Rule 2 ( Subject- information so can't use are )

(B) 50,000 to 100,000 of the human cell’s different genes are contained in a mere
Wrong: Same as A

(C) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in human cells are contained in merely
Wrong: Same as A

(D) 50,000 to 100,000 of human cell’s different genes is contained in merely
Wrong:It is good w.r.t Rule 1 but violates Rule 2 because here we need to modify noun i.e 3 percent so requires mere(adjective).

(E) the 50,000 to 100,000 different genes found in a human cell is contained in a mere
Correct: Subject Verb Agreement--correct

Hope this helps.
Re: As a result of the ground-breaking work of Barbara McClintock, many &nbs [#permalink] 27 Jul 2018, 07:08

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