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# Chimpanzees have some characteristics similar to those of

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Chimpanzees have some characteristics similar to those of humans, and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.

A) and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.
B) and others similar to those of monkeys.
C) and some monkey-like characteristics
D) in addition to several monkey characteristics
E) and some characteristics similar as monkeys

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09 Mar 2004, 15:38
i thought about B too, but then what does 'others' exactly refer to...characteristics or chimpanzees or humans...this kind of confused me and made me pick A as the answer....
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09 Mar 2004, 15:40
vivek_dj wrote:
I would go for B...

Vivek.

Ok it between A and B

Why A is incorrect or Why B is better?
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09 Mar 2004, 15:45
I picked A by the process of elimination:

B: was confused with the use of "others"
C:monkey-like does not sound good to me...
D: no conjunction after a comma or in other words there is no proper continuity in the sentence...
E:very awkward
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09 Mar 2004, 15:52
B maintains the sentence structure from the first part of the sentence and also the presence of the word 'those' makes it clear that it is referring to monkeys and so we infer that 'others' exclusively stands for characteristics.

Am I right....?

Vivek.
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09 Mar 2004, 16:09
A here.

I have to agree that "others" in choice B is not clear.
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09 Mar 2004, 16:40
B can be correct only if there is no comma before and.
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09 Mar 2004, 18:28
I would go with E.

In A the pronoun "they" kinda implies the humans. Same with B, the others is not clear in reference.

E gives the parallel form by repeating some characteristics at the end.

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09 Mar 2004, 19:40
I feel B should be the answer. others in B represents other than characteristics.
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Re: SC - Don't monkey around! [#permalink]

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10 Mar 2004, 01:59
Chimpanzees have some characteristics similar to those of humans, and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.

A) and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.
B) and others similar to those of monkeys.
C) and some monkey-like characteristics
D) in addition to several monkey characteristics
E) and some characteristics similar as monkeys

Buddies, "E" is wrong. It has a clear problem of APPLe and orange.
" and some characteristics similar as monkeys ". It is comapring characterisitcs with monkeys instead of "characterisitcs of monkeys"

In "B", "others" is a pronoun reference error. "C" is wrong because sentence tries to put stress upon MORE Resemblance to monkey than human characterisitcs which "C" cant maintain.

Correct answer can be either "A" or "D" ? I prefer to go with "D" because it is concise and clearly expressing the meaning.

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Re: SC - Don't monkey around! [#permalink]

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10 Mar 2004, 05:25
Chimpanzees have some characteristics similar to those of humans, and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.
A) and in other ways they more closely resemble monkeys.
B) and others similar to those of monkeys.
C) and some monkey-like characteristics
D) in addition to several monkey characteristics
E) and some characteristics similar as monkeys

kpadma, tell me, man, it is (b)..
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10 Mar 2004, 07:34
Dharmin you are right, I take back my E option. I think C is a better answer though. CAn't wait to hear the correct answer !
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10 Mar 2004, 07:56
Kpadma the suspense is killing me....

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10 Mar 2004, 08:40
Nice question and nice discussion. I would go with A on this one. The fight is definitely between A and B

B) as many pointed out, "others" seem to be ambiguous as it could refer to chimpanzees, characteristics or humans. I think the use of too many pronouns (2 times "those") in a very short sentence and the use of "others" in lieu to some ambiguous noun makes the sentence convoluted. I think "other characteristics" should be said instead of "others".
C) does not keep parallel structure.
D) the comma makes it unappropriate to use "in addition"
E) comparing "characteristics" to "monkeys"
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10 Mar 2004, 09:14
vivek_dj wrote:
Kpadma the suspense is killing me....

Vivek.

Vivek, you are correct!

IMO, I think this question is testing parallelism.

Here is my question.

Chimpanzees have some characteristics similar to those of humans, and others similar to those of monkeys.

Why we need "comma" in the above sentence?

In a single clause, we use comma only when we have more than two "noun/verb/etc".

For example: I like tea, coffee and coco.

If that is ture, why there is a comma in the question stem with only two
items.
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10 Mar 2004, 20:28
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Why we need "comma" in the above sentence?

In a single clause, we use comma only when we have more than two "noun/verb/etc".

For example: I like tea, coffee and coco.

Fair KPADMA. Wonderful question and fantastic solution too.

Dharmin
10 Mar 2004, 20:28
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