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# Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in

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Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in species-specific blends, are known to be important in courtship, and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of others.

(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of
(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from
(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of
(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from
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16 Jun 2008, 05:37
(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
Flies does not agree with that.

(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of
"when" is unnecessarily used. It should refer to time.

(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from
"which" refers to "courtship".

(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of
"seems ok"

(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from
Flies do not agree with that. Comparing species with flies.

I will go with D.
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Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in species-specific blends, are known to be important in courtship, and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of others.

(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of
(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from
(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of
(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from

distinguish their own species from others [species]
idiom: distinguish X from Y

distinguish their own species from those/that of other[species] ---> THOSE/THAT refers to what?
A,B,D are out
C --out WHICH incorrectly refers to courtship.

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16 Jun 2008, 17:23
I think GmatPrep sucessful because it can lure you into the trap. To illustrate, many of us, including me, fell in the D trap!

Thanks x2suresh, OA is E!
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x2suresh wrote:
sondenso wrote:
Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in species-specific blends, are known to be important in courtship, and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of others.

(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of
(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from
(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of
(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from

distinguish their own species from others [species]
idiom: distinguish X from Y

distinguish their own species from those/that of other[species] ---> THOSE/THAT refers to what?
A,B,D are out
C --out WHICH incorrectly refers to courtship.

those refer to species.
Whats wrong with D?
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noboru wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
sondenso wrote:
Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in species-specific blends, are known to be important in courtship, and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of others.

(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of
(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from
(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of
(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from

distinguish their own species from others [species]
idiom: distinguish X from Y

distinguish their own species from those/that of other[species] ---> THOSE/THAT refers to what?
A,B,D are out
C --out WHICH incorrectly refers to courtship.

those refer to species.
Whats wrong with D?

(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of

It seems to be conveying that purpose of assistance is "to taste the hydrocarbons", which is definitely not the intended meaning.
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18 Jun 2011, 11:41
i fell for D too....is this a GMAT prep question?
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22 Dec 2015, 17:22
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i fell for D too....is this a GMAT prep question?

According to https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/forums/hydrocarbons-with-which-fruit-flies-perfume-themselves-t1903.html, it is.
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02 Aug 2017, 20:25
Hydrocarbons, with which fruit flies perfume themselves in species-specific blends, are known to be important in courtship, and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of others.

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(A) and apparently this assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from that of
(B) and apparently this assists flies when they taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from those of

'This' is used as an adjective, as per the GMAT. So what's 'this' referring to here, 'assists'? It cannot as that is a verb. Both of these are OUT!

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(C) which apparently assists flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in being able to distinguish their own species from

Courtship assists flies? No. It's actually the presence of hydrocarbons. Plus that 'being able to' can be avoided. This is OUT!

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(D) apparently assisting flies to taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates to distinguish their own species from those of

Hydrocarbons assist flies to taste hydrocarbons to identify the mate? This distorts the entire meaning as it states intent on part of the flies. Plus 'those of' is not required. This is OUT!

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(E) apparently assisting flies that taste the hydrocarbons on prospective mates in distinguishing their own species from

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