GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 12 Dec 2019, 17:08

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Find Similar Topics 
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 07 Nov 2013
Posts: 5
In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 May 2014, 15:33
4
21
00:00
A
B
C
D
E

Difficulty:

  55% (hard)

Question Stats:

64% (01:55) correct 36% (01:50) wrong based on 1037 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

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
Retired Moderator
avatar
Joined: 05 Sep 2010
Posts: 621
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 May 2014, 20:00
C is it :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
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 16 Feb 2014
Posts: 15
Schools: ISB
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 May 2014, 22:05
Why not option B, SV agreement should be with its, why their come in to the picture. Please help me on this regard
Retired Moderator
avatar
Joined: 05 Sep 2010
Posts: 621
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 14 May 2014, 02:44
krishna789 wrote:
Why not option B, SV agreement should be with its, why their come in to the picture. Please help me on this regard


B is wrong on two counts. i have bolded the wrong portion
B says : 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

"that of" is wrong here
also "it" is wrong
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 25 Sep 2012
Posts: 228
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 660 Q49 V31
GMAT 2: 680 Q48 V34
GMAT ToolKit User Reviews Badge
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 24 Mar 2015, 08:59
2
1
sathyadev09 wrote:
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

A) uses wrong pronoun - their
B) those should be used instead of that because we need to refer to the object ( the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs ). 'It' is ambiguous.
C) Perfect
D) those should be used instead of that. Also, redundancy error - that of the host's. Either use 'produces eggs that look very similar to the host's' or use produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host'
E) Redundancy error same as D
Math Expert
avatar
V
Joined: 02 Aug 2009
Posts: 8309
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jun 2015, 10:55
1
1
samichange wrote:
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.he 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.

Can someone explain what does 'that' in 'that task' refer to?.....


Hi,
that in 'that task' is the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes..
As for the answer
that task is clearer and appropriate than it..
host mother/mothers should match its/their eggs..
only C is left ..ans C
hope it helps
_________________
Senior Manager
Senior Manager
User avatar
B
Joined: 01 Nov 2013
Posts: 282
GMAT 1: 690 Q45 V39
WE: General Management (Energy and Utilities)
Reviews Badge
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jun 2015, 11:49
chetan2u wrote:
samichange wrote:
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.he 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.

Can someone explain what does 'that' in 'that task' refer to?.....


Hi,
that in 'that task' is the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes..
As for the answer
that task is clearer and appropriate than it..
host mother/mothers should match its/their eggs..
only C is left ..ans C
hope it helps


U mean to say that "that" can refer to whole clause??

Please explain..
_________________
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.-Mohammad Ali
Intern
Intern
avatar
Status: available
Joined: 11 Jun 2015
Posts: 9
Location: United States
Concentration: Strategy, Marketing
GMAT 1: 650 Q50 V29
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jun 2015, 19:44
Why the task is not used, i guess...the task will also suffice

That task seems a bit off
Queens MBA Thread Master
avatar
Joined: 24 Oct 2012
Posts: 163
Concentration: Leadership, General Management
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jun 2015, 20:18
1
samichange wrote:
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.he 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.

Can someone explain what does 'that' in 'that task' refer to?.....



samichange thanks for the question, it test Subject - verb pairing to great extent. That refer to the tasks done by host mother (Finding fakes etc)

Errors in original stem,
1. Host Mother (Singular) - Weed (Plural)


POE,
A.he 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 (Highlighted) does not match. Plural pronoun "Their" is incorrect for singular noun "Mother"

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

SV (Highlighted) does not match.



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.
What does "it" refers to. As compare to Option C, it is ambiguous and hence eliminated.

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.

Singular pronoun "Its" is used to refer plural noun "Mothers" - Incorrect

Hence Option C is correct.
Math Expert
avatar
V
Joined: 02 Aug 2009
Posts: 8309
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 Jun 2015, 20:39
samichange wrote:
chetan2u wrote:

Hi,
that in 'that task' is the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes..
As for the answer
that task is clearer and appropriate than it..
host mother/mothers should match its/their eggs..
only C is left ..ans C
hope it helps


U mean to say that "that" can refer to whole clause??

Please explain..


Hi,
that can refer to noun clauses..
But if you look here 'that' refers to task in 'that task'...
and what is the task.. the host mother tries to identify their own eggs and weed out the fakes..
for example .. that boy is very smart.. here that refers to the boy...
yes it would have been wrong had it been only that and not that task.. as then that would have directly refered to a sentence...
hope it helped
_________________
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Status: A mind once opened never loses..!
Joined: 05 Mar 2015
Posts: 186
Location: India
MISSION : 800
WE: Design (Manufacturing)
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Jun 2015, 10:28
Hi

"NEED EXPERT ADVICE"


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

The second that should be those > I saw different replies on this issue.

Some say it denotes the object and some say that because of the plural eggs.

Please throw some light on this topic.

Also plz explain the usage of "that" .

I would really appreciate your help guys :)
Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 06 Mar 2014
Posts: 82
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Jun 2015, 12:53
aditya8062
b2bt :

Can you please explain why those should be used instead of that here??
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
V
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 9874
Location: Pune, India
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 Jun 2015, 22:00
2
1
dpo28 wrote:
Hi

"NEED EXPERT ADVICE"


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

The second that should be those > I saw different replies on this issue.

Some say it denotes the object and some say that because of the plural eggs.

Please throw some light on this topic.

Also plz explain the usage of "that" .

I would really appreciate your help guys :)


Responding to a pm:

There is a comparison here:

...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host..

the eggs should look similar to the eggs of the host. The comparison is between the two types of eggs. Hence, you need the plural "those" here. "those" will be a placeholder for "eggs"

So the correct sentence would be: ...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host..

The first "that" starts an essential modifier.
the bird produces eggs that look ....
It describes the eggs the bird produces by saying that the eggs look very similar to the eggs produced by the host.
_________________
Karishma
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor

Learn more about how Veritas Prep can help you achieve a great GMAT score by checking out their GMAT Prep Options >
Manager
Manager
User avatar
Status: A mind once opened never loses..!
Joined: 05 Mar 2015
Posts: 186
Location: India
MISSION : 800
WE: Design (Manufacturing)
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 18 Jun 2015, 02:30
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
dpo28 wrote:
Hi

"NEED EXPERT ADVICE"


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

The second that should be those > I saw different replies on this issue.

Some say it denotes the object and some say that because of the plural eggs.

Please throw some light on this topic.

Also plz explain the usage of "that" .

I would really appreciate your help guys :)


Responding to a pm:

There is a comparison here:

...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host..

the eggs should look similar to the eggs of the host. The comparison is between the two types of eggs. Hence, you need the plural "those" here. "those" will be a placeholder for "eggs"

So the correct sentence would be: ...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host..

The first "that" starts an essential modifier.
the bird produces eggs that look ....
It describes the eggs the bird produces by saying that the eggs look very similar to the eggs produced by the host.



Hi Karishma
thnx for your reply but am still not able to understand why "those" and not "that" :roll:

1. eggs that look very similar to that of the host
2. eggs those look very similar to those of the host

3. eggs that look very similar to those of the host

can you plz help me out ..!! :idea:
Board of Directors
User avatar
V
Status: Stepping into my 10 years long dream
Joined: 18 Jul 2015
Posts: 3564
Reviews Badge
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 23 May 2017, 04:34
shriramvelamuri wrote:
Great Question.

I took my time in deciding between C and D. Ended up picking up the wrong answer.



D has the biggest problem as highlighted below. We can not have possessive of a possessive here.

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.
_________________
My LinkedIn abhimahna.
My GMAT Story: From V21 to V40
My MBA Journey: My 10 years long MBA Dream
My Secret Hacks: Best way to use GMATClub | Importance of an Error Log!
Verbal Resources: All SC Resources at one place | All CR Resources at one place
Blog: Subscribe to Question of the Day Blog
GMAT Club Inbuilt Error Log Functionality - View More.
New Visa Forum - Ask all your Visa Related Questions - here.
New! Best Reply Functionality on GMAT Club!
Find a bug in the new email templates and get rewarded with 2 weeks of GMATClub Tests for free
Check our new About Us Page here.
Retired Moderator
User avatar
V
Status: enjoying
Joined: 19 Feb 2007
Posts: 5199
Location: India
WE: Education (Education)
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 10 Jun 2017, 04:16
Top Contributor
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.

1. The pronouns should match the subject 2.the pronouns should have valid referents.

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. -- 'mother' and 'their' is wrong.

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 ---1. 'that of' is a singular pronoun, it should be 'those of' 2. making it-- 'it' has no referent.

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 choice

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.--- 1. that of is wrong as in B.. 2. 'It' has no referent.

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. ---- 'host mothers' and 'its' is wrong
_________________
Are you stuck around 630? If you can't pole-vault above 630, spare 30 hours and you can fly on top.
"Winners never quit and quitters never win". (+919884544509)
Manager
Manager
User avatar
G
Joined: 01 Jun 2015
Posts: 206
Location: India
Concentration: Strategy, International Business
GMAT 1: 620 Q48 V26
GMAT ToolKit User
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Jun 2017, 04:57
@ chetan2u,sayantanc2k

I think the moderator should modify the tag.Its a classic example of sub-verb question.This question could help a lot to understand the basics of S-V agreement.
Manager
Manager
User avatar
S
Joined: 04 Oct 2015
Posts: 230
Location: Viet Nam
Concentration: Finance, Economics
GMAT 1: 730 Q51 V36
GPA: 3.56
Reviews Badge
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 20 Jun 2017, 00:56
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
_________________
Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one - Bruce Lee
Intern
Intern
avatar
Joined: 17 Jul 2017
Posts: 15
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Aug 2017, 12:40
iamdp wrote:
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
dpo28 wrote:
Hi

"NEED EXPERT ADVICE"


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

The second that should be those > I saw different replies on this issue.

Some say it denotes the object and some say that because of the plural eggs.

Please throw some light on this topic.

Also plz explain the usage of "that" .

I would really appreciate your help guys :)


Responding to a pm:

There is a comparison here:

...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to that of the host..

the eggs should look similar to the eggs of the host. The comparison is between the two types of eggs. Hence, you need the plural "those" here. "those" will be a placeholder for "eggs"

So the correct sentence would be: ...but the brown-headed cowbird produces eggs that look very similar to those of the host..

The first "that" starts an essential modifier.
the bird produces eggs that look ....
It describes the eggs the bird produces by saying that the eggs look very similar to the eggs produced by the host.



Hi Karishma
thnx for your reply but am still not able to understand why "those" and not "that" :roll:

1. eggs that look very similar to that of the host
2. eggs those look very similar to those of the host

3. eggs that look very similar to those of the host

can you plz help me out ..!! :idea:


That can be used to refer back to the antecedent (antecedent means it takes the form of the logical noun before it) in places. It can be confusing but in this case. It is says: eggs that look very similar to eggs of the host. Instead of writing eggs again English allows us to use a pronoun. For instance if you said Karashma answers my inquiries. Karashma like blank... To make it flow better you would say she the second time .Karashma answers my inquiries. SHE like blank.. She clearly refers back to karashma. Hence Karashma is the antecedent and she is the pronoun that refers back to her.

Similar to this sentence you could say eggs or a pronoun. That is a singular pronoun. Those is plural. So you use those.

The pronouns
That- Singular
This - Singular
These-plural
Those-Plural

These and this is typically possessive. Such as this is my food. These are our belongings. And those is for external parties.. Anyways, the GMAT doesn't really test the difference between that/this these/those but good to know.

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 (that is wrong as that refers to eggs and eggs is plural therefore we need to say those) of the host, making it (it is also unclear but sometimes GMAT doesn't care about this but this should heighten suspicions. It is kind of unclear what it could be and you need to deduce it means task, which is not good writing. ) surprisingly difficult
VP
VP
User avatar
D
Status: Learning
Joined: 20 Dec 2015
Posts: 1053
Location: India
Concentration: Operations, Marketing
GMAT 1: 670 Q48 V36
GRE 1: Q157 V157
GPA: 3.4
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
Reviews Badge
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 16 Aug 2017, 18:54
sathyadev09 wrote:
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


The answer is C
"Host mother" is taken as a plural subject because of "In nests across North America"
It should have proper antecedent
Only C clear these errors .
GMAT Club Bot
Re: In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden   [#permalink] 16 Aug 2017, 18:54

Go to page    1   2    Next  [ 32 posts ] 

Display posts from previous: Sort by

In nests across North America, the host mother tries to iden

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  





Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne