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# Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the

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15 Dec 2017, 16:11
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Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists of leaves and other sorts of vegetation.

A. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
B. Like those of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diets of the swamp wallaby consists
C. Just like the diet of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
D. Similar to the diets of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallabies consists
E. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting

No reason to use "just like". In C, "diet" should have plurals.
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15 Dec 2017, 18:46
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chesstitans wrote:
Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists of leaves and other sorts of vegetation.

A. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
B. Like those of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diets of the swamp wallaby consists
C. Just like the diet of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
D. Similar to the diets of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallabies consists
E. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond.

This is a relatively formulaic SC problem, not particularly creative or challenging

(A) compares species to diets ==> illogical
(B) SVA error after the comma
(C) "just like" is low-brow colloquial, not academic; also, do all the other species have just one diet??
(D) compares diets to species ==> illogical

This is a mediocre SC question. Here's a high quality SC question:
alternative energy sources

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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15 Dec 2017, 21:43
Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists of leaves and other sorts of vegetation.

A. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists -- compare 'species' to 'diet'
B. Like those of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diets of the swamp wallaby consists -- compare 'species' to 'diet'
C. Just like the diet of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists -- use of just is incorrect
D. Similar to the diets of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallabies consists -- compare 'diet' to 'species'
E. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting -- correct comparison of 'species' to'species'

No reason to use "just like". In C, "diet" should have plurals.[/quote]
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16 Dec 2017, 15:31
Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists of leaves and other sorts of vegetation.

A. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
B. Like those of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diets of the swamp wallaby consists
C. Just like the diet of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
D. Similar to the diets of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallabies consists
E. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting

"diets" in C must be plurals. No reasons to use "just like"
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26 Dec 2017, 00:36
Hi Mike,

I am confused in E
I rejected it because it was comparing a verb to a noun

Like X, Y has ...
for me it should be

As X has, Y has ..

mikemcgarry wrote:
chesstitans wrote:
Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists of leaves and other sorts of vegetation.

A. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
B. Like those of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diets of the swamp wallaby consists
C. Just like the diet of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the diet of the swamp wallaby consists
D. Similar to the diets of most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallabies consists
E. Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting

Dear chesstitans,

I'm happy to respond.

This is a relatively formulaic SC problem, not particularly creative or challenging

(A) compares species to diets ==> illogical
(B) SVA error after the comma
(C) "just like" is low-brow colloquial, not academic; also, do all the other species have just one diet??
(D) compares diets to species ==> illogical

This is a mediocre SC question. Here's a high quality SC question:
alternative energy sources

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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26 Dec 2017, 02:13
RAHUL_GMAT

correct structure is -- Like X , Y
so, like X , Y is ....or like X , Y has .... like X , Y also ..stc
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26 Dec 2017, 05:17
Like is used for comparison
A B and D are wrong because the comparison is wrong. In A and B species is compared with the diet. In D the diet is compared to the swamp wallaby. C is wrong because of the use of the word Just like. So E is right answer

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26 Dec 2017, 09:51
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RAHUL_GMAT wrote:
Hi Mike,

I am confused in E
I rejected it because it was comparing a verb to a noun

Like X, Y has ...
for me it should be

As X has, Y has ..

Dear RAHUL_GMAT,

I'm happy to respond.

The structure
Like X, Y [verb]
is 100% correct. What we are comparing here are the two nouns. What is comparable about those two nouns are that the same action, the same verb, applies to both of them, but the objects of the comparison itself are the nouns. Thus, we use "like."

The structure
As X [verb], Y [verb]
is 100% grammatically correct, but if we are repeating the same full verb, this probably would sound redundant and excessively wordy--such an answer would never be right on the GMAT. Remember, grammar is never the only consideration on the GMAT SC: many incorrect answers on the GMAT SC are 100% grammatically correct but wrong for other reasons.

Think about the two different versions of (E):
(E) Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting . . .
(E2) As most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species have, the swamp wallaby has a diet consisting . . .
The first, the original version of (E), is sleek, elegant, and direct. It's an exceptionally well crafted sentence. The second, (E2), is grammatically correct, but it's stuffy, flabby--just not as sparklingly powerful as the original. It sounds as if someone was trying to sound intelligent and didn't pull off the effect successfully. Changing to the "as" construction definitely was not an improvement.

You may find this blog and the related blogs helpful:
GMAT Sentence Corrections: Comparison

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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10 Mar 2019, 03:14
A makes a comparison error, compares species to diets.
B uses ‘diets’ instead of diet.
C is correct, but ‘just like’ is a rather informal colloquialism.
D again compares ‘diets’ to ‘species’
E is the only correct answer.
Re: Like most other marsupial species and all other kangaroo species, the   [#permalink] 10 Mar 2019, 03:14
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