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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys

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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains of the bugs over its back.

A) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains

B) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide, they crush millipedes, and with such rub the remains

C) capuchins use their cleverness to create an insecticide, crush millipedes, and rub the remains

D) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushes millipedes, and it rubs the remains

E) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushing millipedes and rubbing the remains


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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains of the bugs over its back.


A) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains"its" in non-underlined part indicates singular subject therefore "create" should be "creates" and "crush" should be "crushes" subject verb mismatch error

B) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide, they crush millipedes, and with such rub the remains"create" should be "creates". "they" should be "it". ehhh this option is a mess

C) capuchins use their cleverness to create an insecticide, crush millipedes, and rub the remainssubject verb error - use should be uses

D) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushes millipedes, and it rubs the remainsthere two verbs for the subject capuchin "creates" and "crushes", they should be connected with some coordinating conjunction. Sentence structure error

E) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushing millipedes and rubbing the remains This one is correct. crushing and rubbing... is a modifier of the main sentence
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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains of the bugs over its back.

A) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains
Wrong. Capuchins is modified by the first part of the sentence but the list in the second part of the sentence is not parallel

B) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide, they crush millipedes, and with such rub the remains
Here the first part is insert in the parallelism. Wrong

C) capuchins use their cleverness to create an insecticide, crush millipedes, and rub the remains
Right. Capuchins is modified by the first part and it clearly states that they use their intelligente to do some things, and these things are listed in a parallale way

D) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushes millipedes, and it rubs the remains
Parallelism doesn't work. It states that "it" crushes the remain, but it is used for object, not for animals

E) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushing millipedes and rubbing the remains
Still not parallel

C is the right one
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Option A, B and C out because in non-underlined portion we have it, which calls for singular form of 'capuchins'.
Option D out because of parallelism and meaning as well.
IMO answer is option E.

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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains of the bugs over its back.

A) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains [LOGIC]

B) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide, they crush millipedes, and with such rub the remains [comma splice = run on sentence]

C) capuchins use their cleverness to create an insecticide, crush millipedes, and rub the remains

D) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide , crushes millipedes, and it rubs the remains [LOGIC]

E) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushing millipedes and rubbing the remains

EXPLANATION

• Split # 1: Capuchins (plural) vs. capuchin (singular)

When we see a split such as "capuchins" and "the capuchin," a split that is fairly common
on the GMAT, we need to find the clue in the non-underlined portion of the sentence.

The GMAT will always tell us whether the noun in question is plural or singular.

This question tells us that the noun is singular, that "the capuchin" is correct.
The word ITS in the non-underlined portion of the sentence is a singular pronoun (possessive).
The pronoun is logical.
This animal needs an insecticide, which prevents bugs from biting.

ITS?
Well, its cannot refer to bugs, millipedes, or remains.
Logically, its cannot refer to insecticide. (Insecticide is not an animal with a back.)
ITS needs a singular antecedent, and
ITS has one logical antecedent: the capuchin

Answers A, B, and C use the plural word capuchins, which does not agree with the singular pronoun ITS

Eliminate A, B, and C

• Split #2: Parallelism

Option (D) introduces the word IT
The capuchin. . . creates an insecticide, crushes millipedes, and IT rubs . . .

The lack of parallelism is enough to eliminate D.

The logic of D is off, too.
Creates, crushes, and rubs are not all at the same "level."
That is, the capuchin creates an insecticide [by crushING millipedes] and rubs [the remains = the insecticide] over its own back.

Eliminate D.

I have noted other errors in the options in red typeface,
errors that if not explained here have an explanation in brackets.

The correct answer is E.

Takeaway: remember to read the sentence all the way to the end. :)

COMMENTS

The answer split in this question is pretty straightforward.
If you catch ITS in the final portion of the sentence, life is a lot easier.

I laughed at this comment about B from PeepalTree : ehhh this option is a mess
True. :-D :lol:

PeepalTree wrote an excellent answer. Best answer. Kudos!
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Considered one of the most intelligent of the New World monkeys, capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains of the bugs over its back.

A) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide and crush millipedes, rubbing the remains --> "its" singular, "capuchins" plural

B) capuchins cleverly create an insecticide, they crush millipedes, and with such rub the remains --> same as A

C) capuchins use their cleverness to create an insecticide, crush millipedes, and rub the remains--> same as A

D) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushes millipedes, and it rubs the remains --> not parallel

E) the capuchin cleverly creates an insecticide, crushing millipedes and rubbing the remains --> correct
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