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New post 21 Sep 2017, 01:45
Hey VeritasPrepKarishma GMATNinja

I got this question correct as there were clear errors in all other errors options. I have just one doubt in Option C

Leaving a word only in its possessive case (not followed by what it is possessing) - is it correct?

It can mean anything here
Eg: - bird's eggs, bird's nest, bird's xyz

Is it grammatically correct to leave a word only in its possessive case?
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New post 21 Sep 2017, 04:11
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Hey VeritasPrepKarishma GMATNinja

I got this question correct as there were clear errors in all other errors options. I have just one doubt in Option C

Leaving a word only in its possessive case (not followed by what it is possessing) - is it correct?

It can mean anything here
Eg: - bird's eggs, bird's nest, bird's xyz

Is it grammatically correct to leave a word only in its possessive case?



Yes, it is in case of parallel structure.

My painting is just like Pete's.

It is obvious that we are talking about Pete's painting.

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In nests across North America, the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult.

A) the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult (incorrect: ‘their’ should refer to a plural antecedent)

B) the host mother tries to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbirda brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host, making it surprisingly difficult (incorrect: every it and its in a sentence should refer to the same singular antecedent. Also that should be replaced by those since that incorrectly refers to eggs)

C) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult (CORRECT)

D) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host’s, making it surprisingly difficult (incorrect: Again pronoun ambiguity issues, also use of 'that of the host’s' is incorrect)

E) host mothers try to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbirda brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult (incorrect: again pronoun ambiguity issues, also ‘those of the host’s’ is incorrect)
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In nests across North America, the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult.

A) the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult

B) the host mother tries to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host, making it surprisingly difficult

C) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult - Correct

D) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host’s, making it surprisingly difficult

E) host mothers try to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult
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This is not a 700 question even though the question is long and the structure looks complex.
After all, it is easy to spot flaws in this question, and eliminate wrong option choices.
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This sentence correction problem is almost exclusively testing numerical agreement. Most of the decision points relate to choices between plural and singular pronouns and plural and singular nouns. In (A) the “their” is clearly incorrect as it does not agree with the singular antecedent “the host mother”. In (B), that problem of agreement is fixed but then the “that” is incorrect after “very similar to” because it must agree with the plural “eggs” in the comparison. (D) contains that same error so is also incorrect. In (E) the “its” does not agree with the plural “host mothers” so that choice is incorrect. Only (C) gets all the agreement correct: “host mothers” goes with the plural “their”. The comparison is proper because you are comparing the “eggs” of the cowbird with the “host’s” eggs (remember that the eggs is understood and does not need to be written – a tricky part of that correct answer). There are several other problems in the incorrect answer choices that you may have also noted. “Making it surprisingly difficult” is ambiguous as it is unclear what the “it” is referring to. Also, the possessive “host’s” used with “that” and “those” in (D) and (E) is redundant and incorrect. Answer is (C).
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(A) the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult SV error

(B) the host mother tries to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host, making it surprisingly difficult ...what does it refers here

(C) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult correct

(D) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host’s, making it surprisingly difficult..that of host's is srong

(E) host mothers try to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult SV erroer
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New post 03 Sep 2018, 10:08
chesstitans wrote:
This is not a 700 question even though the question is long and the structure looks complex.
After all, it is easy to spot flaws in this question, and eliminate wrong option choices.


Around 40% answered this question incorrectly. Hence, while you might find the issues easy to spot, a significant portion of your fellows struggled with the question.

I would consider this a 700-lvl question based on the current hit rate.
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Veritas Prep OFFICIAL EXPLANATION

This sentence correction problem is almost exclusively testing numerical agreement. Most of the decision points relate to choices between plural and singular pronouns and plural and singular nouns. In (A) the “their” is clearly incorrect as it does not agree with the singular antecedent “the host mother”. In (B), that problem of agreement is fixed but then the “that” is incorrect after “very similar to” because it must agree with the plural “eggs” in the comparison. (D) contains that same error so is also incorrect. In (E) the “its” does not agree with the plural “host mothers” so that choice is incorrect. Only (C) gets all the agreement correct: “host mothers” goes with the plural “their”. The comparison is proper because you are comparing the “eggs” of the cowbird with the “host’s” eggs (remember that the eggs is understood and does not need to be written – a tricky part of that correct answer). There are several other problems in the incorrect answer choices that you may have also noted. “Making it surprisingly difficult” is ambiguous as it is unclear what the “it” is referring to. Also, the possessive “host’s” used with “that” and “those” in (D) and (E) is redundant and incorrect.

Answer is (C).
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In nests across North America, the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult.

(A) the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host, making that task surprisingly difficult

(B) the host mother tries to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host, making it surprisingly difficult

(C) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult

(D) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host’s, making it surprisingly difficult

(E) host mothers try to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult


I enjoyed this question! My POE:

A) Host mother and THEIR are not in agreement. Incorrect.
B) Eggs and that are not in agreement. Incorrect
C) Correct
D) Eggs and that are not in agreement. Incorrect
E) Mothers and ITS are not in agreement. Incorrect
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New post 09 Dec 2018, 20:17
C is correct answer
host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult
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As verb weed is plural, subject would be plural. So A & B out
B/w C, D &E

(D) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host’s, making it surprisingly difficult - it refers back to 'that of the host's' while here it is for a task. So incorrect

(C) host mothers try to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult

(E) host mothers try to identify its own eggs and weed out the fakes, but the brown-headed cowbird – a brood parasite that sneaks its eggs into other birds’ nests – produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s, making that task surprisingly difficult

B/w C & E : E mentions 'produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host’s' which means ' similar to eggs of the host's egg'
while C correctly portrays 'produces eggs that look very similar to the host’s' i.e. 'similar to host's egg' , which is correct

Hence C
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