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# It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging

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It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

(A) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths

(B) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes was occurring without significant modification of their sheaths

(C) no significant modification was made to the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes as they were evolving

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes went without significant modification during their evolution

(E) many prehistoric microbes evolved without significant modification of their sheaths
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06 Mar 2012, 04:57
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The phrase ‘like the VW’ signifies that it is the VW that is being compred to some thing similar. The similar thing is the micrfobes in this case. Only E compares rightly the VW with microbes.
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Can someone explain the comparison in this sentence from a meaning perspective. Thanks!

It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

Like the VW (first term of the comparison), ??? (second term). The first is a concreted noun, so a comparison VW - evolution or modification makes no sense.

(A) the evolution
(B) the evolution
(C) no significant modification

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes
(E) many prehistoric microbes

The only concrete nouns are in D and E. To pick the correct answer we have to take a look at the structure of the comparison:
subject(VW), did something LIKE
many prehistoric microbes(subject), did something else.
E matches the structure.

Hope this is what you mean by meaning perspective
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06 Mar 2012, 00:12
Like X, Y. This type of formation requires X and Y to be equivalent.
This straight away rules out A, B and C.

So, between D and E.
concealed is parallel to evolved. So, the answer is E.
In D, concealed is not parallel to went.

Secondly when comparing like to like, make sure they are both correct nouns.
So, comparing Vw to sheaths doesnt make sense whereas comparing Vw to microbes makes good sense.
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06 Mar 2012, 04:40
I'm not able to understand here,
what we are comparing to VW to prehistoric microbes or changes to prehistoric ?
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06 Mar 2012, 09:22
how can we compare car to bacteria.... I'm still not able to understand.
Pls explain champs
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06 Mar 2012, 10:23
riteshv wrote:
how can we compare car to bacteria.... I'm still not able to understand.
Pls explain champs

Because their appearance so to say didn't change over a certain period.
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06 Mar 2012, 14:56
I never miss any question with "like" in it . Wish all SC questions had like in them : )
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06 Mar 2012, 15:04
E is the answer which makes proper comparison between Volkswagen and prehistoric microbes.
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03 Aug 2013, 23:34
Can someone explain the comparison in this sentence from a meaning perspective. Thanks!
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01 Sep 2013, 23:18
ENAFEX wrote:
It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

(A) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths

(B) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes was occurring without significant modification of their sheaths

(C) no significant modification was made to the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes as they were evolving

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes went without significant modification during their evolution

(E) many prehistoric microbes evolved without significant modification of their sheaths

like x, y

so only E follows
concealed with out
evolved woth out :: so parallel and same usage
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06 Sep 2017, 11:42
It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

(A) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths - Illogical comparison - Volkswagen vs evolution

(B) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes was occurring without significant modification of their sheaths - Illogical comparison - Volkswagen vs evolution

(C) no significant modification was made to the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes as they were evolving- Illogical comparison - Volkswagen vs modification

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes went without significant modification during their evolution- Illogical comparison - Volkswagen vs sheaths

(E) many prehistoric microbes evolved without significant modification of their sheaths- Correct

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06 Sep 2017, 19:41
ENAFEX wrote:
It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

(A) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths

(B) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes was occurring without significant modification of their sheaths

(C) no significant modification was made to the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes as they were evolving

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes went without significant modification during their evolution

(E) many prehistoric microbes evolved without significant modification of their sheaths

this is traditional comparision problem in which farmiliar "like" is tested. however, if we do not have an ability to analyse meaning , you face hard time.

"like" problem, if it is easy, makes clear the two element/nouns compared. but in harder "like" problem, we have to find out which noun can compared with which noun . in this harder problem, it is not easy to see what are two logically comparable nouns.

using only meaning analysis because there is no hard point of grammar here -this means all of you have enough grammar to do this problem, you can find out that the logically comparable nouns is mirobe and Wowagen.

dont despair if you fail on this problem, take a time to practice again and again, you will develop ability to analyse meaning relation.

a classification of meaning errors is a revolutionary advance for you to master meaning analysis needed on SC gmat.
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02 Oct 2019, 04:26
Comparison must be proper ,such as apple to apple ( Noun to noun)

Only option E correctly compares Volkswagen to Microbes

ENAFEX wrote:
It is possible that, like the Volkswagen, whose unchanging exterior over decades concealed many changes in its internal machinery, the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths.

(A) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes occurred with no significant modification to their sheaths

(B) the evolution of many prehistoric microbes was occurring without significant modification of their sheaths

(C) no significant modification was made to the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes as they were evolving

(D) the sheaths of many prehistoric microbes went without significant modification during their evolution

(E) many prehistoric microbes evolved without significant modification of their sheaths
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