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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.

Originally posted by misterJJ2u on 25 Jun 2007, 22:43.
Last edited by hazelnut on 25 Aug 2017, 04:23, edited 4 times in total.
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining


Just to sum up the important issues you have all brought up here:

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
.... "differences" (plural subject) "in how...." (prepositional phrase-- skip this to find the verb for the subject) "determine" (plural verb). GOOD!

(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining

"differences" (plural subject).... "help" (plural verb)--> outside structure is fine, but we need to check the details!

TIP: Use the possessive before a gerund!!

Incorrect: The teacher was annoyed with them talking during class.
Incorrect: The teacher was annoyed with the students talking during class.
Correct: The teacher was annoyed with their talking during class.
Correct: The teacher was annoyed with the students' talking during class.

Idiom: help (verb) ...someone/something... do/to do something


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(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine

"differences" (plural subject).... "determine" (plural verb)--> outside structure is fine, but we need to check the details!

"by the two ears" --> signals passive voice! Always go for active voice, so long as the 'doer/s' (in this case the ears) appear/s in the sentence!

Passive voice is used with the 'doer' is not present.

Correct: The car was stolen on Tuesday.
Incorrect: The car was stolen by John on Tuesday.



(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining

"differences" (plural subject).... "helps" (singular verb)--> There's no need to read the details.

(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

"by the two ears"-->passive voice
Idiom for "help" (see B)
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New post 25 Jun 2007, 23:13
A for me.

D and E are out. "distinguish between X and Y" is the correct idiom.

Also, correct Subject - Verb Agreement is:

In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.
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I will go for 'D'.

Can't we use 'difference between these two things' ? I think we can.

btw what's oA.
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A for me.

differences need help, not helps.

using between will not be idiomatic.
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A for me.

differences need help, not helps.

using between will not be idiomatic.



Good point. I totally missed it out.
Then it should be 'A'.
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New post 26 Jun 2007, 06:49
misterJJ2u wrote:
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.


If one of the choices were
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener to determine the qualities of that sound.

how would the to make the grammar correct/wrong?
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New post 27 Jun 2007, 09:11
Why should B and C be ruled out?

I think maybe C doesn't work b/c "subtle difference" should be followed with "help" (no helps).

B should be ruled out because...?
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New post 27 Jun 2007, 15:01
the OA is A. Did this yesterday in GMAT Prep test...happy to say got it right!!
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misterJJ2u wrote:
In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(b) in the two ears hearing a given sound hep the listener in determining
(c) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(d) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(e) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining

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Explanations are much appreciated. I had a really hard time ruling out choices for some reason. I'd like to know what I should have been looking for on this one.


It's between A and C because of the right idiom. C is passive and also a bit awkward - "a sound is heard" doesn't make much sense. A should be the right one.
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining
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Originally posted by agold on 26 Jun 2008, 14:36.
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New post 26 Jun 2008, 14:57
i feel A is best..

subtle differences in.. is better than subtle differences between..<-- this is not idiomatic

its between C and A..I feel A is best
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In human hearing, subtle differences in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine the qualities of that sound.

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine
(B) in the two ears SV agreement help the listener in determining
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining


SV agreement :subtle differences - plural , help - is required
C,D,E ->out

A sounds better than B (SV agreement)

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I was debating between A and E. I picked A nevertheless because of the passive tense used in E. However, anyone cares to explain the difference between "differences in" and "differences between" here?
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New post 19 Dec 2009, 09:29
Yep its a subject verb agreement error

A removes that
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IMO A

(A) in how the two ears hear a given sound help the listener determine - CORRECT
(B) in the two ears hearing a given sound help the listener in determining - as if differences in the ears
(C) in how a sound is heard by the two ears helps the listener determine - differences is plural
(D) between how the two ears hear a given sound helps the listener in determining
(E) between how a sound is heard by the two ears help the listener in determining
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New post 22 Dec 2009, 21:04
I can see why you all pounced for A... my conclusion wasnt straight.
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This is second GMATPrep SC I have seen in which the correct answer choice (having ...IN HOW...) wins over the incorrect answer choice (having ...between how...).

Good question though.
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New post 21 Jun 2010, 19:26
correct idiom : between x and y. Eliminates D and E
B : "in the two ears hearing" doesn't sound good. Plus "determining" is present progressive. What about the future? The subtle differences will also be effective in the future. Right?
C : violates SV agreement
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C and D are out for using 'helps' when we need 'help' because 'subtle differences' is plural

B is awkward.

E is passive voice.

A it is.
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