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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

A) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
B) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
C) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes
D) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes
E) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
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Infinitive is more suitable here as this is like a universal truth. Moreover, "usual number" is better than "usual numbers". Hence, D.

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isnt infinitive preffered over gerund at the beginning of a sentence?

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Hi guys,

Good question GMAT TIGER!

IMO C

A. Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes numbers should be in singular
B. Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes Having had?
C. Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes Hold
D. To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes for me, the infinitive here is not needed
E. To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes numbers should be in singular

OA?

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1: Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

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B. Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
C. Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes
D. To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes
E. To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes


The OA is pretty much disputed between C and D. MANHATTAN GMAT is also not sure why C, which is OA, is better than D.


For me also C cuz D doesnot maintain an idiomatic expression "to x to y".
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Holly Molly.. stuck between C & D.
What is the difference between "Having" and " To Have" in this context? :roll: :?:
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Really appreciate if anyone can show me the light here.

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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

a) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
b) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
c) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes
d) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes
e) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes

I assume it's between c) and d). Please explain the answer and the rationale.

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There are typos in the SC. The answer will start with infinitive "to". D or E

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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

a) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes --> you would never use "the numbers of..."
b) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
c) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes --> my pick
d) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes --> awkward to start with an infinitive. you should always postpone infinivites and use the "placeholder it" such that the sentence reads: "It is termed polydactyly to have more than the usual number of fingers..."
e) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
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There are typos in the SC. The answer will start with infinitive "to". D or E


correct ...it has to ither D or E as it starts with D . E is ruled out because of "numbers of " .
MGMAT SC rule clearly says that "numbers of " is always incorrect.
hence I go with D


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Am not sure we can rule A out. Numbers of "toes" and "fingers" refers to the two different kinds of appendages.
So confused between A and D.
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Am not sure we can rule A out. Numbers of "toes" and "fingers" refers to the two different kinds of appendages.
So confused between A and D.



you're using an article the here. so the expression the [usual] numbers of.. is almost always incorrect. instead, when you see numbers, it should only be used like the following (taken from MGMAT SC):

The rare Montauk beaked griffin is not extinct; its numbers are now suspected to be much greater than before.
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+1 for C.

Termed as can be replaced by : in the current context.

Polydactyly : having more than the usual number of fingers or toes on the hands or feet.
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Polydactyly : to have more than the usual number of fingers or toes on the hands or feet.

C is better as Polydactly is a noun and "having...." is the adjective that modifies it.

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"Having’, a gerund means a state of possessing; it indicates that the condition is already existing. On the contrary ‘to have’, an infinitive means to have a purpose to possess. In this context, ‘to have’ does not make sense since, it is rare for someone who wants to possess more than the usual number of fingers or toes. That makes D inferior to C.
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The OA is pretty much disputed between C and D. MANHATTAN GMAT is not sure why C, which is OA, is better than D.


It is surprising that MGMAT has put up a topic, without being sure; If MGMAT has no answer about their own baby, who else will have?
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Answer C.
Starting a sentence with a gerund is preferred, also the use of the word number is correctly used in c. Numbers is only used when referring to actual numbers.
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Guys whats the OA

IMO C

Infinitive(To have) means intention but logically we know we cannot have more fingers according to our own wish or you can say intentionally.
so having is correct here
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Great question. I ran a google search and came up with a 50/50 split between C and D.

Personally, I thought it was D. I found this explanation from someone else:



Sentence has “Numbers of “and Participle vs. Infinitive issue

To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

A. Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes [Numbers of – incorrect usage – eliminate]

B. Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes [ Incorrect use of “Had” – eliminate it]

C. Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes [ Hold it]

D. To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes [Hold it]

E. To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes [Numbers of – incorrect usage – eliminate]

Between C and D:
I am guessing X more than Y [ where X and Y needs to be parallel – in this case noun parallel]

C: Having – participle form functions as adjective – eliminate it

D – Hold it

Answer: D

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I will go with C but feel this question is controversial. Better move on
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Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes on the hands or feet is termed polydactyly.

(a) Having more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes
(b) Having had more than the usual number of fingers or toes
(c) Having more than the usual number of fingers or toes
(d) To have more than the usual number of fingers or toes
(e) To have more than the usual numbers of fingers or toes





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The original sentence incorrectly uses the phrase "numbers of" instead of the correct expression "number of."

• (A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

• (B) This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of." However, the present perfect tense verb "having had" is incorrectly used. The present perfect tense is used to indicate an event that started in the past and remains true in the present. Since this sentence simply defines the term "polydactyly," the present perfect tense is inappropriate. Instead, in order to maintain parallel structure, the phrase "is termed polydactyly" must be preceded by a noun phrase; the word "having" is a gerund, a verb that acts as a noun, and is therefore appropriate to open that phrase.

• (C) CORRECT. This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of."

(D) This choice correctly replaces "numbers of" with "number of." However, the phrase beginning with the infinitive form "to have" is not parallel with the phrase "is termed polydactyly." To maintain parallel structure the phrase "is termed polydactyly" must be preceded by a noun phrase; the word "having" is a gerund, a verb that acts as a noun, and is therefore appropriate to open that phrase.

• (E) This choice incorrectly uses the phrase "numbers of" instead of the correct expression "number of." Moreover, the phrase beginning with the infinitive form "to have" is not parallel with the phrase "is termed polydactyly." To maintain parallel structure the phrase "is termed polydactyly" must be preceded by a noun phrase; the word "having" is a gerund, a verb that acts as a noun, and is therefore appropriate to open that phrase.

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