It is currently 19 Oct 2017, 17:27

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to

Author Message
TAGS:

### Hide Tags

Manager
Joined: 22 Mar 2012
Posts: 86

Kudos [?]: 49 [1], given: 27

Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: General Management, Marketing
GPA: 3.1
WE: Accounting (Other)
Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 18:09
1
KUDOS
1
This post was
BOOKMARKED
00:00

Difficulty:

15% (low)

Question Stats:

71% (00:35) correct 29% (00:39) wrong based on 375 sessions

### HideShow timer Statistics

Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt.

A. Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt
B. Unlike alligators' tongues, salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues, making crocodiles better than alligators at tolerating high salinity
C. Salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues and not through those on alligators' tongues; therefore, compared to alligators, crocodiles are more tolerant of high salinity
D. Unlike alligators, crocodiles can expel salt through the glands on their tongues; crocodiles are thus more tolerant of high salinity than are alligators
E. Compared with alligators, crocodiles are better at tolerating high salinity, because they can expel salt through the glands on their tongues while alligators' tongues cannot

MGMAT
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Kudos [?]: 49 [1], given: 27

Manager
Joined: 14 Mar 2011
Posts: 82

Kudos [?]: 49 [1], given: 21

### Show Tags

24 May 2012, 01:24
1
KUDOS
Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt.

A. Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because,
Quote:
unlike alligators,
the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt- Alligators Vs Tongues not acceptable
B. Unlike alligators' tongues, salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues, making crocodiles better than alligators at tolerating high salinity-Tongues Vs Salt comparison
C. Salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues and not through those on alligators' tongues; therefore, compared to alligators, crocodiles are more tolerant of high salinity-Redundant long sentence and passive voice-rejected
D. Unlike alligators, crocodiles can expel salt through the glands on [quot Logical[/quote]tongues; crocodiles are thus more tolerant of high salinity than are [b]alligators-Logical Comparison- Accepted
[/b]E. Compared with alligators, crocodiles are better at tolerating high salinity, because they can expel salt through the glands on their tongues while alligators' tongues cannot

Kudos [?]: 49 [1], given: 21

Intern
Joined: 22 Apr 2012
Posts: 33

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 19

GPA: 3.98

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 19:08
This was interesting and I was able to zero in on C and D as possible answers.

However I picked C (even though C sounds awkward) over D for the following reason:

Clauses separated by a semi-colon should be able to stand on their own.

In option D the second clause after the semi-colon uses the word "thus" implying there had to be a cause/reason preceding it. Hence, the second clause on itself, though grammatically correct, would not make meaning.

In option C, the two clauses are independent and can stand on their own. Therefore I chose C over D.

Are there reasons to eliminate C? Please teach me.

Thanks!
_________________

If I did make a valid point, would you please consider giving me a kudo. Thanks.

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 19

Intern
Joined: 22 Apr 2012
Posts: 33

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 19

GPA: 3.98

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 19:11
gomennassai wrote:
This was interesting and I was able to zero in on C and D as possible answers.

However I picked C (even though C sounds awkward) over D for the following reason:

Clauses separated by a semi-colon should be able to stand on their own.

In option D the second clause after the semi-colon uses the word "thus" implying there had to be a cause/reason preceding it. Hence, the second clause on itself, though grammatically correct, would not make meaning.

In option C, the two clauses are independent and can stand on their own. Therefore I chose C over D.

Are there reasons to eliminate C? Please teach me.

Thanks!

Aha!!! I read C again -- "compared to alligators crocodiles are MORE tolerant of high salinity". Correct form should be -- "compared to alligators crocodiles are tolerant of salinity.". That should rule out C. And based on elimination I would pick D. But, still if someone can throw light on the semi-colon issue, that will be fantastic.....

learning it, one step at a time.
_________________

If I did make a valid point, would you please consider giving me a kudo. Thanks.

Kudos [?]: 46 [0], given: 19

Manager
Joined: 22 Mar 2012
Posts: 86

Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 27

Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: General Management, Marketing
GPA: 3.1
WE: Accounting (Other)

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 19:23
I got it wrong too. I searched the forum but couldn't find this SC anywhere so I'm hoping someone can help me too.

Kudos [?]: 49 [0], given: 27

Intern
Joined: 07 May 2011
Posts: 40

Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 11

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 21:52
C has to be incorrect because "...and not through those" raises a flag. "those" is ambiguously placed followed by two possible plural references- "glands" and "tongues" and it's not entirely clear which of the two it is referring to. Choice D however leaves no such doubts; it is clear and concise. Remember that GMAT asks that we pick not just the right answer but the best answer. This means there could be potentially be 5 grammatically correct choices, yet we have to pick the "best" of that bunch.

Kudos [?]: 20 [0], given: 11

Retired Moderator
Status: worked for Kaplan's associates, but now on my own, free and flying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 4287

Kudos [?]: 7901 [0], given: 363

Location: India
WE: Education (Education)

### Show Tags

23 May 2012, 22:32
I do not think that there is ambiguity about those in C. Logic demands that we choose glands over tongues in this choice. To verify this, let us put the word tongues replacing those and see.

C. Salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues and not through the tongues on alligators' tongues; therefore, compared to alligators, crocodiles are more tolerant of high salinity--- tongues on allegators’ tongues --- does it stand reason? Therefore, C is not ruled out due to ambiguity.

IMO, the reason why C is not preferred is that the first sentence does not bring out the contrast that the passage intends. though implicitly. It simply uses and for the conjunction between crocodiles' tongues and the alligator’s tongues, which is a corroborative signal rather than a contrast. We must rather use but to distinguish between the glands on the tongue of the crocodiles and the glands on the tongues of alligators. Hence C is not as much acceptable as D.
_________________

“Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher” – a Japanese proverb.
9884544509

Kudos [?]: 7901 [0], given: 363

Senior Manager
Joined: 21 Jan 2010
Posts: 329

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 12

Re: Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

30 Sep 2012, 18:00
Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt.

A. Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to tolerate high salinity, because, unlike alligators, the glands on crocodiles' tongues can expel salt - Incorrect comparison.
B. Unlike alligators' tongues, salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues, making crocodiles better than alligators at tolerating high salinity - Incorrect comparison.
C. Salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues and not through those on alligators' tongues; therefore, compared to alligators, crocodiles are more tolerant of high salinity - Change the meaning.
D. Unlike alligators, crocodiles can expel salt through the glands on their tongues; crocodiles are thus more tolerant of high salinity than are alligators - Awesome.
E. Compared with alligators, crocodiles are better at tolerating high salinity, because they can expel salt through the glands on their tongues while alligators' tongues cannot - compare to/compare with are generally used with quantities/statistics.

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 12

Director
Status: Gonna rock this time!!!
Joined: 22 Jul 2012
Posts: 509

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 562

Location: India
GMAT 1: 640 Q43 V34
GMAT 2: 630 Q47 V29
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)

### Show Tags

21 Oct 2012, 06:09
daagh wrote:
I do not think that there is ambiguity about those in C. Logic demands that we choose glands over tongues in this choice. To verify this, let us put the word tongues replacing those and see.

C. Salt can be expelled through the glands on crocodiles' tongues and not through the tongues on alligators' tongues; therefore, compared to alligators, crocodiles are more tolerant of high salinity--- tongues on allegators’ tongues --- does it stand reason? Therefore, C is not ruled out due to ambiguity.

IMO, the reason why C is not preferred is that the first sentence does not bring out the contrast that the passage intends. though implicitly. It simply uses and for the conjunction between crocodiles' tongues and the alligator’s tongues, which is a corroborative signal rather than a contrast. We must rather use but to distinguish between the glands on the tongue of the crocodiles and the glands on the tongues of alligators. Hence C is not as much acceptable as D.

Does GMAT test conjunction usages like and & but?
_________________

hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

Who says you need a 700 ?Check this out : http://gmatclub.com/forum/who-says-you-need-a-149706.html#p1201595

My GMAT Journey : http://gmatclub.com/forum/end-of-my-gmat-journey-149328.html#p1197992

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 562

Senior Manager
Joined: 21 Jan 2010
Posts: 329

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 12

Re: Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

21 Oct 2012, 10:41
welcome to gmatword yes it does

Kudos [?]: 225 [0], given: 12

Director
Status: Gonna rock this time!!!
Joined: 22 Jul 2012
Posts: 509

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 562

Location: India
GMAT 1: 640 Q43 V34
GMAT 2: 630 Q47 V29
WE: Information Technology (Computer Software)
Re: Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

22 Oct 2012, 01:02
welcome to gmatword yes it does

Thanks but I don't quite think so . This is the only Question I have come across so far in my preparation that tests conjunctions.

_________________

hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

Who says you need a 700 ?Check this out : http://gmatclub.com/forum/who-says-you-need-a-149706.html#p1201595

My GMAT Journey : http://gmatclub.com/forum/end-of-my-gmat-journey-149328.html#p1197992

Kudos [?]: 72 [0], given: 562

GMAT Club Legend
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 10119

Kudos [?]: 261 [0], given: 0

Re: Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to [#permalink]

### Show Tags

03 Jul 2017, 23:45
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.

Kudos [?]: 261 [0], given: 0

Re: Compared to alligators, crocodiles are better able to   [#permalink] 03 Jul 2017, 23:45
Display posts from previous: Sort by