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In California, a lack of genetic variation in the Argentine ant has allowed the species to spread widely; due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits the spread of this species in its native Argentina.

A. due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

B. due to its being so genetically similar the ant considers all its fellows to be a close relative and thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

C. because it is so genetically similar, the ant considers all its fellows to be close relatives and thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

D. because they are so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be close relatives and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

E. because of being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits
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In California, a lack of genetic variation in the Argentine ant has allowed the species to spread
widely; due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows
to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

the spread of this species in its native Argentina.

A. due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

B. due to its being so genetically similar the ant considers all its fellows to be a close relative and
thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

C. because it is so genetically similar, the ant considers all its fellows to be close relatives and thus
does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

D. because they are so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be
close relatives and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

E. because of being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

I eliminate A because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

I eliminate B because of "being"

I eliminate C because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

I eliminate E because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

By POE we have D

However, I am kind of iffy about D. What's the CLEAR antecedent of "they" after the word "because"? Is it species? Can't be Argentine ant because this would make D wrong.
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08 Jun 2012, 07:57
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In California, a lack of genetic variation in the Argentine ant has allowed the species to spread
widely; due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows
to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

the spread of this species in its native Argentina.

A. due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

B. due to its being so genetically similar the ant considers all its fellows to be a close relative and
thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

C. because it is so genetically similar, the ant considers all its fellows to be close relatives and thus
does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

D. because they are so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be
close relatives and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

E. because of being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

I eliminate A because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

I eliminate B because of "being"

I eliminate C because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

I eliminate E because "struggles that limits" should be "struggles that limit"

By POE we have D

However, I am kind of iffy about D. What's the CLEAR antecedent of "they" after the word "because"? Is it species? Can't be Argentine ant because this would make D wrong.

I think in this case "species" is singular (species can be both singular and plural). So the "they" does not refer to species. The "they" actually refers to "the ants" after the word "another."
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08 Jun 2012, 19:10
Choose D on same reasoning. But Still confuse about They.
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23 Jun 2012, 08:27
although i picked D as well, but it too uses 'consider to be'. this is not a good question.
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This is a good question, because one can learn the psyche of GMAT through this. Is this a GPREP question? If it is so, it seals any doubt that we have regarding the use of ‘consider to be’ as an authenticated idiom. If GPREP prefers to use ‘consider to be’ in all the five choices or even in its OA, then we must take it. However, who can confirm, that this is indeed a GPREP or official question? ‘Outside GMAT domain, ‘consider to be’ is accepted all over the world, but that may be irrelevant to us in GMAT.

Therefore, D springs to life once again. In B, the version drops out the phrase ‘to one another’ which is essential to point out that the comparison is extended to all the ants in Argentina and not limited to two of them or two species of them.

This wobbly question changes track often from singular in the beginning to plural in the middle and then back to singular in the end. If it is a genuine GPREP or official question, it is a beautiful one. If not, it is a dubious one.
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24 Jun 2012, 14:43
With due respect, i would like to say that some SCs are very non-GMAT like, and practicing those SCs actually counterproductive; especially for certain type of learners.
If moderator thinks that the posted SC is of NOT GMAT standard, can we have a "Poor Quality" Tag with post (as we have the "poor Quality" tag in the Math Forum)? So that people, with limited resources, can avoid attempting the SCs.
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24 Jun 2012, 16:05
idea is good; but who will bell the cat?
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20 Jan 2013, 02:57
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This is a good question, because one can learn the psyche of GMAT through this. Is this a GPREP question? If it is so, it seals any doubt that we have regarding the use of ‘consider to be’ as an authenticated idiom. If GPREP prefers to use ‘consider to be’ in all the five choices or even in its OA, then we must take it. However, who can confirm, that this is indeed a GPREP or official question? ‘Outside GMAT domain, ‘consider to be’ is accepted all over the world, but that may be irrelevant to us in GMAT.

Therefore, D springs to life once again. In B, the version drops out the phrase ‘to one another’ which is essential to point out that the comparison is extended to all the ants in Argentina and not limited to two of them or two species of them.

This wobbly question changes track often from singular in the beginning to plural in the middle and then back to singular in the end. If it is a genuine GPREP or official question, it is a beautiful one. If not, it is a dubious one.

Whats wrong with A daagh apart from the SV issue : 'limits' ?

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?
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20 Jan 2013, 03:24
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daagh wrote:
This is a good question, because one can learn the psyche of GMAT through this. Is this a GPREP question? If it is so, it seals any doubt that we have regarding the use of ‘consider to be’ as an authenticated idiom. If GPREP prefers to use ‘consider to be’ in all the five choices or even in its OA, then we must take it. However, who can confirm, that this is indeed a GPREP or official question? ‘Outside GMAT domain, ‘consider to be’ is accepted all over the world, but that may be irrelevant to us in GMAT.

Therefore, D springs to life once again. In B, the version drops out the phrase ‘to one another’ which is essential to point out that the comparison is extended to all the ants in Argentina and not limited to two of them or two species of them.

This wobbly question changes track often from singular in the beginning to plural in the middle and then back to singular in the end. If it is a genuine GPREP or official question, it is a beautiful one. If not, it is a dubious one.

Whats wrong with A daagh apart from the SV issue : 'limits' ?

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?

"their being" in choice A is inappropriate.
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In California, a lack of genetic variation in the Argentine ant has allowed the species to spread
widely; due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows
to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

the spread of this species in its native Argentina.

A. due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

B. due to its being so genetically similar the ant considers all its fellows to be a close relative and
thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

C. because it is so genetically similar, the ant considers all its fellows to be close relatives and thus
does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

D. because they are so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be
close relatives and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

E. because of being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a
close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

Subject Verb Agreement...
inter-colony struggles that limit instead of limits
Between B and D...
a) colonies are referred as plural so they instead of it
b) similar to one another is clear
c) do not instead of does not
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Sachin9 wrote:
daagh wrote:
This is a good question, because one can learn the psyche of GMAT through this. Is this a GPREP question? If it is so, it seals any doubt that we have regarding the use of ‘consider to be’ as an authenticated idiom. If GPREP prefers to use ‘consider to be’ in all the five choices or even in its OA, then we must take it. However, who can confirm, that this is indeed a GPREP or official question? ‘Outside GMAT domain, ‘consider to be’ is accepted all over the world, but that may be irrelevant to us in GMAT.

Therefore, D springs to life once again. In B, the version drops out the phrase ‘to one another’ which is essential to point out that the comparison is extended to all the ants in Argentina and not limited to two of them or two species of them.

This wobbly question changes track often from singular in the beginning to plural in the middle and then back to singular in the end. If it is a genuine GPREP or official question, it is a beautiful one. If not, it is a dubious one.

Whats wrong with A daagh apart from the SV issue : 'limits' ?

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?

"their being" in choice A is inappropriate.

Hey Prapon,
what makes 'their being' wrong?
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daagh wrote:
This is a good question, because one can learn the psyche of GMAT through this. Is this a GPREP question? If it is so, it seals any doubt that we have regarding the use of ‘consider to be’ as an authenticated idiom. If GPREP prefers to use ‘consider to be’ in all the five choices or even in its OA, then we must take it. However, who can confirm, that this is indeed a GPREP or official question? ‘Outside GMAT domain, ‘consider to be’ is accepted all over the world, but that may be irrelevant to us in GMAT.

Therefore, D springs to life once again. In B, the version drops out the phrase ‘to one another’ which is essential to point out that the comparison is extended to all the ants in Argentina and not limited to two of them or two species of them.

This wobbly question changes track often from singular in the beginning to plural in the middle and then back to singular in the end. If it is a genuine GPREP or official question, it is a beautiful one. If not, it is a dubious one.

Whats wrong with A daagh apart from the SV issue : 'limits' ?

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?

a clear split in the options: don't use due to if you can't replace it with ' caused by'

due-to-vs-because-of-140393.html
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Thanks mate .

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?
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In California, a lack of genetic variation in the Argentine ant has allowed the species to spread widely; due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits the spread of this species in its native Argentina.

A. due to their being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

B. due to its being so genetically similar the ant considers all its fellows to be a close relative and thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

C. because it is so genetically similar, the ant considers all its fellows to be close relatives and thus does not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

D. because they are so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be close relatives and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limit

E. because of being so genetically similar to one another, the ants consider all their fellows to be a close relative and thus do not engage in the kind of fierce inter-colony struggles that limits

Here we have 2:3 split basing on the verb "limit" or "limits" ,here in the clause "that limits the spread of this species in its native Argentina." that should refer "inter-colony struggles" in the immediate antecedent clause that is plural.So, the verb should be in plural i.e. verb is "limit".So,the contenders or B and D ,in "B" the use of "it is" implies only one ant rather than entire class which makes sense here ,eliminate B and finally we are with D which is the answer

Is my analysis is right?Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Thanks mate .

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?

take this with a pinch of salt:

'being' is not always incorrect. But almost always, it will appear in the incorrect choices on the GMAT because it creates passive and wordy constructions. To answer your question, I don't think it is outright wrong here (if you want to be a grammar nazi), but there will always be better worded answers than that (I'm pretty certain of that). And that is why it is definitely wrong. Bottom line, for GMAT purpose - more often than not it is wrong.

I'm going to say, if you read the underlined sentence in the original question, and don't feel bad/awkward about it, you need to practice more official questions. The choice is horribly worded (primarily because of 'their being'). Thankfully there are many other issues with the choice as well (SV/due to).

This should help. I think the thread explains the whole thing pretty well: usage-of-being-on-gmat-111592.html

P.S: This is just to tell you, that once you practice a few more official sentences you will definitely know that this choice is incorrect - in one go.
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21 Jan 2013, 08:53
Thanks Mate for confirming the correctness of 'being' here.
I have solved around 300 official SC questions so far.. I still find it difficult to find the awkward answers.. I try to check if the answer is grammatically wrong or not..
I find it difficult when I find more than 1 grammatically correct answer choice..
meaning and concision ofcourse should be applied ..

Idiom is another issue.. sometimes I pick the wrong answer only to find that there's a idiom issue with this answer.

Certainly feel, that non natives are at a disadvantage when it comes to SC.

Did you encounter any such issue in your test .. since you took it recently. .
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21 Jan 2013, 09:07
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Thanks Mate for confirming the correctness of 'being' here.
I have solved around 300 official SC questions so far.. I still find it difficult to find the awkward answers.. I try to check if the answer is grammatically wrong or not..
I find it difficult when I find more than 1 grammatically correct answer choice..
meaning and concision ofcourse should be applied ..

Idiom is another issue.. sometimes I pick the wrong answer only to find that there's a idiom issue with this answer.

Certainly feel, that non natives are at a disadvantage when it comes to SC.

Did you encounter any such issue in your test .. since you took it recently. .

I don't like myself too much right now - because I just told someone 'being' is 'correct'. Those two words just don't go well in the GMAT world. Anyways, I hope you do get my point - being is wrong here, because a 'wordy and awkward' sentence is as wrong as a sentence with a SV error.

There are only a few (hundred) idioms to remember. And there are only a few that GMAT tests frequently. It should not be a problem. Go through aristotle grail's list, select the more common ones or the one's that sound odd to you, and you should be fine.

I don't remember any issue as such on the test. But then, I had my own issues to concentrate on!
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21 Jan 2013, 09:13

I got my gmat on 31st of this month..

do u think reading aristotle would help now?

I have an accuracy of around 80% on Gmat prep SC questions.. hav so far solved 160 questions in last 4 days.. another 180 to go..

How did you manage RC..

To answer lookup questions and inference questions, going back to passage is extremely important..
how did you manage to remember where exactly things to be looked up were present in the passage..

Also, I usually find short of 6 7 mins on Verbal.. so I got no option other than throwing away a few questions ; need to make sure they are spread though.. .

Did you face any such issue? Do you think timing is a prob with non natives or is it only me who's suffering
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a clear split in the options: don't use due to if you can't replace it with ' caused by'

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Thanks mate .

Do you think 'being' is correctly being used here?

take this with a pinch of salt:

'being' is not always incorrect. But almost always, it will appear in the incorrect choices on the GMAT because it creates passive and wordy constructions. To answer your question, I don't think it is outright wrong here (if you want to be a grammar nazi), but there will always be better worded answers than that (I'm pretty certain of that). And that is why it is definitely wrong. Bottom line, for GMAT purpose - more often than not it is wrong.

I'm going to say, if you read the underlined sentence in the original question, and don't feel bad/awkward about it, you need to practice more official questions. The choice is horribly worded (primarily because of 'their being'). Thankfully there are many other issues with the choice as well (SV/due to).

This should help. I think the thread explains the whole thing pretty well: usage-of-being-on-gmat-111592.html

P.S: This is just to tell you, that once you practice a few more official sentences you will definitely know that this choice is incorrect - in one go.

Well said jumsumtak.
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