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Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to the ratite family, a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are not represented in any other habitat in the world.

A a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
B. a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
C a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
D a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
E a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and which is


I had selected D. Correct answer is C.

Explaination by Jamboree is this that Consider the case of 'he is one of the boys who play/plays basketball'. The correct verb is play because modifier who, refers to boys and not one of the boys.
Similarly above. 'Are' verb is right to refer to the birds and not group, which is singular.

I am not convinced by this explanation. Can anyone share any OG question to point this out and is this modifier rule mentioned in any good quality material such as Manhattan Strategy Guide etc?
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I am not sure about the explanation provided. But C is the right answer as it maintains parallel structure.

C - a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and are

Also, as per the Ron's SC tips:

Myth of "One of.."
1. One of the X's that/who <plural>
2. One of the X's <singular>
3. Only one of the X's <singular>
4. Only one of the X's that/who <plural>
5. The only one of the X's that/who <singular>
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New post 16 May 2016, 23:59
Ruchi : just see if you can differentiate between these two sentences. may be then you can get hold of as what is happening in above SC

SENTENCE 1: a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen ...-----> in this case we are talking about SIGHTING OF BIRDS
SENTENCE 2: a group of large, wing-less topical birds IS SEEN ------> in this case we are talking about SIGHTING OF GROUP ( which indeed is a group of BIRDS)

I can elaborate further if this is not clear. just let me know !!
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New post 17 May 2016, 00:30
Okay

So what I understand from Myth of ron's SC tips.

St.1:One of the X's that/who (plural) is similar to what is mentioned in the explaination
St.5: Only one of the X's that/who (singular) would be saying the mentioned boys example differently and as follows:

' One of the boys who play b'ball is/are coming over' -- WILL BE 'IS'

Another rule as per the modifier rule is that 'who'/ which/whom/that refers to noun next to verb.

I cannot see this example beyond a cram of rules, meaning I am missing the 'meaning' angle completely.
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ruchi857 wrote:
Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to the ratite family, a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are not represented in any other habitat in the world.

A a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
B. a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
C a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
D a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
E a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and which is


Hi all,
Isn't that require in the second part of the modifier and "that" are not represented in any other habitat in the world;otherwise,this modifier could be turn to essential information to be parallel with the subject Cassowary--Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to ... and is...
However,meaningwise it would be more logical to treat "and are not represented in any other habitat in the world" as a modifier since the previous modifier states that this group of bird is seen only in Papua New Guinea.My guess is that it is the ellipsis,but GMAT doesn't favor any kind of ambiguity,isn't it?
That is why I struggle with either B or C and choose the wrong one.

Please advise.
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sleepynut wrote:
ruchi857 wrote:
Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to the ratite family, a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are not represented in any other habitat in the world.

A a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
B. a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
C a group of large, wing-less topical birds that are seen only in Papua New Guinea and are
D a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and is
E a group of large, wing-less topical birds which is seen only in Papua New Guinea and which is


Hi all,
Isn't that require in the second part of the modifier and "that" are not represented in any other habitat in the world;otherwise,this modifier could be turn to essential information to be parallel with the subject Cassowary--Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to ... and is...
However,meaningwise it would be more logical to treat "and are not represented in any other habitat in the world" as a modifier since the previous modifier states that this group of bird is seen only in Papua New Guinea.My guess is that it is the ellipsis,but GMAT doesn't favor any kind of ambiguity,isn't it?
That is why I struggle with either B or C and choose the wrong one.

Please advise.


Hi,
I think you are missing that modifier is separated by comma . so if you think the highlighted part below can be made parallel to verb belongs to and can modify Cassowary , it is wrong as the modifier wing less topical birds ......... is a single modifier modifying 'a group of large' not any other thing. 'that' here is ellipsis without any ambiguity . And meaning wise also the sentence is fine as adding extra information didn't change anything but off course sentence would have survived without that. Hope I have clarified your doubt :).

Cassowary,a flightless bird that feeds mainly on fruits but is classified a truly omnivorous,belongs to the ratite family, a group of large, wing-less topical birds that is seen only in Papua New Guinea and are not represented in any other habitat in the world..
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