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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 depth
(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

Friends, noun reference also is a nightmare for me! To what do you say "they" in E refer? "patterns" or "animals"? Thanks!
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18 Jul 2008, 01:12
Yes you are right They doesnt have a clear referent so E is out
A If is not used correctly, then clause should always follow if clause
B is correct they refers to animals
c Same as A
D whether is wrong here

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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 depth
(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

Friends, noun reference also is a nightmare for me! To what do you say "they" in E refer? "patterns" or "animals"? Thanks!

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18 Jul 2008, 04:30
Somehow I am between D and E. I originally went for E, but after seeing the post from apurva1985, I am in doubt.
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18 Jul 2008, 07:47
It is unclear whether X or whether Y. So A, B, C out. Also we know 'whether' > 'if'.
I agree 'they' is making mess here. But, D is passive when compared with E.
"similar patterns would be exhibited " in D VS "other animals would exhibit similar patterns" in E.

Moreover, in depth is the right idiom.
"Studying in depth" is much better than "studying with depth"

searched for in depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/depth
searched for with depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/with+depth

Because D has 2 faults, E has 1 fault. So with confidence I vote for E.
lesson: Passive < ambiguous noun reference.
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18 Jul 2008, 08:47
"they" in E clearly and logically refers to other animals and as such is correct..

Whether is better usage than IF..
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18 Jul 2008, 18:56
Thanks fresinha12, zoltan, apurva1985, OA is E

@saravalli, you focus effectively on each the detail, I wonder you are consultant or analysis, right?

saravalli wrote:
It is unclear whether X or whether Y. So A, B, C out. Also we know 'whether' > 'if'.
I agree 'they' is making mess here. But, D is passive when compared with E.
"similar patterns would be exhibited " in D VS "other animals would exhibit similar patterns" in E.

Moreover, in depth is the right idiom.
"Studying in depth" is much better than "studying with depth"

searched for in depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/depth
searched for with depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/with+depth

Because D has 2 faults, E has 1 fault. So with confidence I vote for E.
lesson: Passive < ambiguous noun reference.

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18 Jul 2008, 20:36
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Thanks fresinha12, zoltan, apurva1985, OA is E

@saravalli, you focus effectively on each the detail, I wonder you are consultant or analysis, right?

saravalli wrote:
It is unclear whether X or whether Y. So A, B, C out. Also we know 'whether' > 'if'.
I agree 'they' is making mess here. But, D is passive when compared with E.
"similar patterns would be exhibited " in D VS "other animals would exhibit similar patterns" in E.

Moreover, in depth is the right idiom.
"Studying in depth" is much better than "studying with depth"

searched for in depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/depth
searched for with depth. I got this http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/with+depth

Because D has 2 faults, E has 1 fault. So with confidence I vote for E.
lesson: Passive < ambiguous noun reference.

my 2cs:

Some thumb rules:

If: is used when there is a if ...then condition.
Whether: used for comparision.

If and would should never come in same clause.

Even if you feel uncomfortable in finding the modifier issue sometimes you can get to the answer choice by elimination.
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