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Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for an ancestor of modern monkeys and chimpanzees.

(A) Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(B) Because the lemur shares some traits with other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(C) Because the lemur shares some traits that other primates also have, it is frequently mistaken to be

(D) Because some of the lemur's traits are shared with other primates, they are frequently mistaken for

(E) Because of its sharing some traits that other primates possess as well, the lemur is frequently mistaken as

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Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for an ancestor of modern monkeys and chimpanzees.

(A) Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(B) Because the lemur shares some traits with other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(C) Because the lemur shares some traits that other primates also have, it is frequently mistaken to be

(D) Because some of the lemur's traits are shared with other primates, they are frequently mistaken for

(E) Because of its sharing some traits that other primates possess as well, the lemur is frequently mistaken as

Meaning analysis: The lemur has some traits in common with other primates, that is why it usually is usually confused with an ancestor of modern monkeys and chimpanzees.

Error analysis: Presence of “Because” at the beginning of the sentence indicates causation. Cause: the lemur shares some traits with other primates, Effect: it is frequently mistaken for other primates.
Pronoun it unambiguously refers to the lemur, because other primates are plural.
Generally question is about two idiom:
Share X with Y
Mistake X for Y
A, C, E are out.
D distorts the original meaning.
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(A) Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(B) Because the lemur shares some traits with other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(C) Because the lemur shares some traits that other primates also have, it is frequently mistaken to be

(D) Because some of the lemur's traits are shared with other primates, they are frequently mistaken for (per this answer choice “traits” are mistaken for other primates not the lemur itself)

(E) Because of its sharing some traits that other primates possess as well, the lemur is frequently mistaken as

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(A) Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for ---> Incoorect, meaning issue,traits are not possessed/owned, they are inbuilt hence redundancy, because, traits are shared by lemur and other primates

(B) Because the lemur shares some traits with other primates, it is frequently mistaken for--> Correct IDIOM mistaken for

(C) Because the lemur shares some traits that other primates also have, it is frequently mistaken to be--> Inccorect,same meaning error regarding traits as in A, IDIOM error for mistaken

(D) Because some of the lemur's traits are shared with other primates, they are frequently mistaken for-->Incorret, NO antecedant for they

(E) Because of its sharing some traits that other primates possess as well, the lemur is frequently mistaken as--> Incorrect ,because of is use to present reason for an action, IDIOM error mistaken
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Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for an ancestor of modern monkeys and chimpanzees.

(A) Because the lemur shares some traits also possessed by other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(B) Because the lemur shares some traits with other primates, it is frequently mistaken for

(C) Because the lemur shares some traits that other primates also have, it is frequently mistaken to be

(D) Because some of the lemur's traits are shared with other primates, they are frequently mistaken for

(E) Because of its sharing some traits that other primates possess as well, the lemur is frequently mistaken as

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In the question stem, the use of 'it' as the relative pronoun is correct, but use of the idiom 'mistaken for' is incorrect. As 'mistaken for' suggests that the subject is mistaken for something that it did rather for something he possesses/is. So, any statement ending with 'mistaken for' is incorrect. Eliminate A, B, and D.

Between C & E, statement E is grammatically incorrect.

Statement E states 'its sharing some traits that other primates possess' is incorrect because 'its' translates to 'it is/has', which makes the sentence awkward, also 'the lemur' in statement E seems to pinpoint some particular lemur because of the phrase structure.

Statement C seems correct as it is both grammatically correct and has correct usage of the idiom 'mistaken to be'

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Choice A is incorrect because the idiom is "share x with y". In addition to being idiomatically incorrect, the phrase....shares some traits also possessed by other primates is redundant because if the traits are "shared" than by definition the other primates possess those traits as well.

Choice B is correct because the preposition with is used after share, and because the singular pronoun its agrees with the singular referent the lemur.

Choice C is incorrect for the same reason as choice A, share should be followed by with, and the phrase that other primates also have is redundant. If lemurs share a trait with other primates, then the other primates possess that trait by definition.

Choice D is incorrect because the pronoun they is ambiguous - does it refer to the lemur's traits or to other primates, in the case of the former, the meaning is illogical: the lemur, not the traits themselves, is mistaken for the ancestor of monkeys and chimpanzees.

Choice E is incorrect because the phrase Because of its sharing is wordy and made unnecessarily awkward by the use of the gerund sharing. In addition, the phrase that other primates possess as well is redundant: if other primates share the traits, they possess the traits by definition. Finally mistaken as should be mistaken for.
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