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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.



A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched

D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey
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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.



A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey --->which can also be used to dispatch small prey --- a modifier ---> so apparently only one function is given. INCORRECT

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched ---> Tail cannot itself wrap around the leopard's head. Use of X and Y idiom in this manner (list under one function) suggests only one function. INCORRECT
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D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey --- it should be ",and it dispatches small prey". Thus, INCORRECT

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey
---- it should be ", and in dispatching small prey"
also the pronoun "it" in "it will wrap the tail around its head" is ambiguous. INCORRECT

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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.

A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey
the passive voice construction is not correct and the use of "which" makes the two separate functions less apparent
C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched
this also blends the two separate functions
D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey
"with the leopard wrapping" is awkward and the "it" pronouns are confusing
E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey
this makes wrapping the tail around it's head, rather than keeping the animal warm, the first function
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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.



A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched

D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey


we need to present 2 functions:
1. keeps the animal warm
2. is used to dispatch small prey

intention is needed to be stated with "to"+verb
A might look like a run-on sentence, but the hyphens play the role of the comma, so A is correct as is.
B - written in passive voice, and gives only 1 function, while the other one is given in a subordinate clause introduced by the noun modifier which. so no.
C - it seems that something else is dispatching the prey. since the original meaning is distorted, it can't be the answer.
D - as mentioned many times by mikemcgarry - preposition+noun+participle - never ever correct on gmat. D is out.
E - who will wrap? ambiguous "it" twice used..

A it is.
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'it' and 'its' in A does not have the same antecedent.

Is that acceptable?
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'it' and 'its' in A does not have the same antecedent.

Is that acceptable?


No, such usage is strictly forbidden. The OA appears to be wrong. The author probably considers the segment "—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—" a different sentence altogether, but like you, I beg to differ.
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Hi Sayantan,

Additionally, one its is used to refer leopard and one its is used to refer to tail creating ambiguity. I read somewhere this kind of usage is not preferred.

Please advise.

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Since there is a divergence in the pronoun reference between 'it' and 'its', all choices containing 'its' are grammatically wrong. This leaves us with only B and C.
The colon is required to portray the two features stated in the earlier clause and B does it adequately, although in a passive voice. C can be faulted for the disconnect of the second clause after 'and' from the core theme of the topic.
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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.

A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey
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B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey
Colon is used to give further info. Non-underlined portion talks about Functions of tail, so underlined portion should begin with tail. Hence Incorrect.

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched
Non-underlined portion talks about 2 Functions of tail, so sentence after AND should explain 2nd function of Tail, but in this option DOER (Tail) of action is not present. Hence Incorrect.

D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey
Hyphen is used to explain further about an idea presented before. So, COMMA shouldn't be used. Moreover, use of WITH is idiomatically incorrect as it changes the original intent. Hence Incorrect.

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey
Absence of Noun leads to Fragment. IT & ITS is correctly used. Hence Incorrect.
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Since there is a divergence in the pronoun reference between 'it' and 'its', all choices containing 'its' are grammatically wrong. This leaves us with only B and C.
The colon is required to portray the two features stated in the earlier clause and B does it adequately, although in a passive voice. C can be faulted for the disconnect of the second clause after 'and' from the core theme of the topic.


What is the correct answer then? A or B? A is parallel structure with pronoun ambiguity & B conveys the meaning properly without parallelism.
I think A sounds better.
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Since there is a divergence in the pronoun reference between 'it' and 'its', all choices containing 'its' are grammatically wrong. This leaves us with only B and C.
The colon is required to portray the two features stated in the earlier clause and B does it adequately, although in a passive voice. C can be faulted for the disconnect of the second clause after 'and' from the core theme of the topic.

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What is the correct answer then? A or B? A is parallel structure with pronoun ambiguity & B conveys the meaning properly without parallelism.
I think A sounds better.
Please advise.


A may be parallel but it has a serious pronoun error and not just an ambiguity. I wouldn't, therefore, reckon it as a contender. In B, there is no parallelism involved. it is just the t passive voice has been used to describe the two features. Use of passive voice may be inferior but cannot be deemed an error. Therefore, I am voting B.
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Since there is a divergence in the pronoun reference between 'it' and 'its', all choices containing 'its' are grammatically wrong. This leaves us with only B and C.
The colon is required to portray the two features stated in the earlier clause and B does it adequately, although in a passive voice. C can be faulted for the disconnect of the second clause after 'and' from the core theme of the topic.

Buan wrote

What is the correct answer then? A or B? A is parallel structure with pronoun ambiguity & B conveys the meaning properly without parallelism.
I think A sounds better.
Please advise.


A may be parallel but it has a serious pronoun error and not just an ambiguity. I wouldn't, therefore, reckon it as a contender. In B, there is no parallelism involved. it is just the t passive voice has been used to describe the two features. Use of passive voice may be inferior but cannot be deemed an error. Therefore, I am voting B.


Hi daagh sir,

IMO ,B is distorting the meaning ..
original sentence says that tail has two notable function ,
Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.

but in B : B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey---"which" makes the other function kind of fluff ...so it contain only one function altogether , hence wrong ..

Please correct me , if wrong .
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Maybe you are right if you get into nuance, but to differentiate between the relative weight of two functions is not the intent of the topic.
Maybe B is only the best of the lot and not the best of the world but if you miss it, you might end up in the wrong territory by opting for less tenable choices
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Maybe you are right if you get into nuance, but to differentiate between the relative weight of two functions is not the intent of the topic.
Maybe B is only the best of the lot and not the best of the world but if you miss it, you might end up in the wrong territory by opting for less tenable choices


Thank you sir for clarifying the doubts.
Can you please update the OA?
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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.



A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched

D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey


we need to present 2 functions:
1. keeps the animal warm
2. is used to dispatch small prey

intention is needed to be stated with "to"+verb
A might look like a run-on sentence, but the hyphens play the role of the comma, so A is correct as is.
B - written in passive voice, and gives only 1 function, while the other one is given in a subordinate clause introduced by the noun modifier which. so no.
C - it seems that something else is dispatching the prey. since the original meaning is distorted, it can't be the answer.
D - as mentioned many times by mikemcgarry - preposition+noun+participle - never ever correct on gmat. D is out.
E - who will wrap? ambiguous "it" twice used..

A it is.


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Could you explain more about point D, preposition + noun + participle never correct on the GMAT, thanks.
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No major grammar issues than parallelism (2 functions), meaning and awkward -> A is the best.
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Besides the color of its coat, the most notable characteristic of the snow leopard tends to be its heavily tufted tail, which accounts for 50% of the animal’s length and which has two notable functions: it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey.



A)it keeps the animal warm—the leopard will wrap the tail around its head—and it can be used to dispatch small prey

B)the leopard is kept warm by the tail, which can also be used to dispatch small prey

C)the tail keeps the animal warm by wrapping around the leopard’s head and small prey can be dispatched

D)it keeps the animal warm, with the leopard wrapping it around its head, and it can be used in dispatching small prey

E)in keeping the animal warm, it will wrap the tail around its head, and it can also be used to dispatch small prey


Hi GMATNinja GMATNinjatwo,

Is the usage of "will" correct in A. Please advise.
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Official Explanation Magoosh:


Usual suspects

Change in meaning

The leopard wraps the tail around its head. Any answer choice that implies that the tail wraps itself around the leopard’s head—as though it were its own entity—changes the meaning and is therefore wrong. Eliminate (C) and (E).

Parallelism

See “unusual suspect”

Unusual suspect

The non-underlined part talks about “two notable functions”. Therefore, the correct answer should have function X AND function Y. And these two parts should be parallel.

This specific error, “two notable functions”, is rare, but the larger class of errors that can loosely be described as take-the-entire-sentence-into-account is common at the higher levels. In other words, answers choices that are grammatically 100% fine but are not the answer because they clash with the context provided by the non-underlined part.

(A) correctly follows the function X AND function Y structure with the parallel “it keeps….it can be”. The Answer.

(B) is grammatically correct but does not adhere to the function X AND function Y structure.

(C) change in meaning, “tail…wrapping around leopard’s head”

(D) The “with the leopard wrapping” structure is wrong here. This is a case of "with" + [noun] + [participle] where you have an action performed by a different actor. The tail is an actor performing an action in the main clause, but the leopard is another actor doing something different inside the "with" structure. See this article for more details.

(E) The first “it” is presumably the tail. Since that is the case, the “tail will wrap the tail around its head” is absurd.

FAQ: Isn't it problematic that in the correct answer choice (A) the "it" refers to the tail and the "its" refers to the leopard?

The reason why "its" can refer to the "leopard" is because the phrase "the leopard will wrap the tail around its head" is a complete sentence clearly set off from the rest of the sentence by the two em dashes ( -- ). This creates what's called a "parenthetical". And within this separated, self-contained sentence, we can distinguish that the antecedent of "its" is the leopard.

Since the parenthetical is just extra information that can be removed, the original sentence without the parenthetical will still make sense:

it keeps the animal warm, and it can be used to dispatch small prey

And from what precedes the colon in the rest of the sentence, it is clear that "it" refers to the tail here.
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