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# It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman

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It is unclear whether chimpanzees are unique among nonhuman species in their ability to learn behaviors from one another, or if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found.
A) if, when other animals are studied in as much depth, similar patterns would be found.
B) if other animals were studied with as much depth they would exhibit similar patterns.
C) would similar patterns be found in other animals if they were studied in as much deoth
D) whether similar patterns would be exhibited in other animals that were studied with as much depth
E) whether other animals would exhibit similar patterns if they were studied in as much depth.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Clear E

If is used to present a condition. Whether is used to when there are alternatives available (often with yes or no as answer)

So A and B are ruled out right away. C is also wrong as would has been incorrectly used.

D is passive, "studied with" is incorrect

So E
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19 Mar 2007, 18:21
I agree with 'E', but just a doubt - Is 'whether.........or whether' a correct idiom?
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19 Mar 2007, 19:42
GMAThopeful wrote:
Clear E

If is used to present a condition. Whether is used to when there are alternatives available (often with yes or no as answer)

So A and B are ruled out right away. C is also wrong as would has been incorrectly used.

D is passive, "studied with" is incorrect

So E

Now I can see why E is the answer considering parallelism. But why is the use of "would" in C wrong??

(SC probs posted here seem to be trickier than what I'm currently seeing in 1000 SC...I seldomly had problems with those... )
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20 Mar 2007, 14:43
Whats OA?

I am leaning towards C.

E seems incorrect to me....it kinda indicates that studying more will make animals exhibit the patterns.

I mean patterns would be found upon in depth study...animals exhibit patterns even now (if they are to be found)
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20 Mar 2007, 14:48
I read it again...I am quite sure now E is wrong. I doubt "whether ...or whether" is a idiom here..

If you read carefully first few word...

I think

Only unclear thing is "whether chimpanzees are unique". this is then supplemented by asking if indepth study of other animals would help clarify it.

If you use whether ...or whether then both things become unclear, which sounds wrong.
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20 Mar 2007, 15:25
I would go with C on this one. It is not idiomatic to say "whether x or whether Y". It's always "whether X or Y". Only C satisfies this. The only problem with C is that it is in passive voice, but still grammatically correct.
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20 Mar 2007, 17:31
OA is E
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20 Mar 2007, 17:36

Man I felt pretty good about C. darn.

I hate ENGLISH
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30 Jul 2013, 08:55
E.

choice E is perfect. uses conditional statement "if they were" hypothetical situation

for eg. If i were a rich man..then blah blah blah
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18 May 2014, 07:23
Clear comparison and parallelism question.
E is the best answer (except for the "if" near the end) Can someone verify whether "if" is used correctly in "E"?

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DE: correct parallelism with the "whether" at the beginning
E has the proper comparison (chimps and animals)

2)
ACE: "in as much depth"; Correct idiom
BD: with as much depth"; Wrong idiom
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