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Like their male counterparts, women scientists are above average in terms of intelligence and creativity, but unlike men of science, their female counterparts have had to work against the grain of occupational stereotyping to enter a "man's world."

(A) their female counterparts have had to work
(B) their problem is working
(C) one thing they have had to do is work
(D) the handicap women of science have had is to work
(E) women of science have had to work

Originally posted by namurad on 30 Apr 2008, 20:33.
Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Nov 2019, 07:33, edited 3 times in total.
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What's wrong here with their female counterparts? Why should not 'their' be used here?


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Like their male counterparts, women scientists are above average in terms of intelligence and creativity, but unlike men of science their female counterparts have had to work
against the grain of occupational stereotyping to enter a “man’s world.”

This sentence uses two “their”. The first one appears at the beginning before “male counterparts”. The antecedent for this pronoun is “women scientists”.

The second “their” appears before “female counterparts”. The antecedent for this pronoun is “men of science”. Now use of same pronoun for two different antecedents leads to pronoun ambiguity error in the sentence. The sentence now suggests that the women scientists not only have male counterparts but also have female counterparts.

The construction “their male counterparts” and “their female counterparts” appears to be parallel. However, this faulty parallelism leads to pronoun ambiguity that has been explained above. It is not preferable to use same pronoun for two different entities in one sentence.

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New post 30 Apr 2008, 20:36
Easy E ... men of science || women of science. Another thing to note is "unlike men of science <what follows this ?>" <-- the correct answer would be a comparison between men of science and something - the best comparison is women of science.


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Like their male counterparts, women scientists are above average in terms of intelligence and creativity, but unlike men of science their female counterparts have had to work
against the grain of occupational stereotyping to enter a "man's world."

A )their female counterparts have had to work
B) their problem is working
C) one thing they have had to do is work
D )the handicap women of science have had is to work
E )women of science have had to work

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New post 30 Apr 2008, 21:00
I agree E - but shouldn't there be a comma? men of science, women of science ... ?
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New post 30 Apr 2008, 21:13
Yep, E. Men of science compared to women of science.
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New post 01 May 2008, 08:47
E.

Does original question has a comma at the end of science? Thanks
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Yes, I fully agree that there should be a comma following "woman of science" in order to connect an introductory modifier with what follows.

[...] but unlike men of science, women of science [...]
The portion in red is a prepositional phrase (introduced by preposition "unlike") acting as an introductory modifier and as such, MUST be separated by a comma from the rest of the independent clause which follows.

Thus, I believe there is a typo in the original question.
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New post 01 May 2008, 10:11
Sentence has parallelism issue

A )their female counterparts have had to work [ Not parallel, “men of science”, their – eliminate it]

B) their problem is working [ Not parallel, “men of science”, their – eliminate it]

C) one thing they have had to do is work [“they” has no clear reference, “one thing” is awkward – eliminate it]

D )the handicap women of science have had is to work [men science, the handicap women is not parallel – eliminate it]

E )women of science have had to work [Hold it]

Answer: E
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New post 23 May 2011, 00:37
I made silly mistake while answering this question.

I just didn't go through the options till option (E).

Step 1: I identified this question as parallelism question.
Step 2: I browsed through the options till option (D) and was searching for "Women of Science" in those options
Step 3: I neglected option (E) and finally ended up choosing option (A) which was the next best among the options.

Silly mistake :)
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New post 24 May 2011, 12:46
Glad u figured it out, now keep your eyes open for them parallels;)
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New post 25 May 2011, 06:10
easy one. E is the right choice.
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New post 25 May 2011, 08:04
men of science has been compared with women for science.
E is perfect.
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New post 03 May 2012, 01:23
I picked A here because of the "counterparts" part. I saw E but still picked A. Should have paid more attention to "their". BTW this is a gmat prep question so I add a tag.
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What's wrong here with their female counterparts? Why should not 'their' be used here?
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Here, we have a comparison structure:
Unlike X, Y...

When we have this structure, we need to make sure that our X and Y elements are comparable.

In this sentence, our "X" element is:
Unlike men of science

We want to compare men to women, not to problems, handicaps, etc.
Unlike men..., women....
is the only correct comparison, so E is the correct answer.
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Like their male counterparts, women scientists are above average in terms of intelligence and creativity, but unlike men of science, their female counterparts have had to work against the grain of occupational stereotyping to enter a "man's world."

A )their female counterparts have had to work
B) their problem is working
C) one thing they have had to do is work
D )the handicap women of science have had is to work
E )women of science have had to work - Correct


Unlike X, Y

Note: X and Y should be logical and structurally parallel.
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