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# Naked Mole Rat SC

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11 Sep 2014, 11:19
Naked mole rats form colonies of approximately 20 animals, each of which consists of a single reproductive female and workers that defend her

A. Same
B. with each of them consisting
C. each colony consisting
D. and each of them consist
E. and each colony consisting

Just for making it clear to myself, option C is a absolute phrase right?

Many Thanks
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12 Sep 2014, 10:42
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maggie27 wrote:
Naked mole rats form colonies of approximately 20 animals, each of which consists of a single reproductive female and workers that defend her
A. Same
B. with each of them consisting
C. each colony consisting
D. and each of them consist
E. and each colony consisting

Just for making it clear to myself, option C is a absolute phrase right?

Many Thanks

Dear Maggie,
I'm happy to respond. You ask a good question.

First of all, yes, precisely: option (C) is an absolute phrase and it's perfectly correct. Just so that other readers are clear on what an absolute phrase is, here's my blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/absolute-p ... -the-gmat/

The structure in option (A) is 100% grammatically correct, but unfortunately, not logically correct. Here, the "which" would refer incorrectly to "animals."

As always, an official question is always an exceptionally well-written question.

Does all this make sense?
Mike "-)
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12 Sep 2014, 11:02
mikemcgarry wrote:
maggie27 wrote:
Naked mole rats form colonies of approximately 20 animals, each of which consists of a single reproductive female and workers that defend her
A. Same
B. with each of them consisting
C. each colony consisting
D. and each of them consist
E. and each colony consisting

Just for making it clear to myself, option C is a absolute phrase right?

Many Thanks

Dear Maggie,
I'm happy to respond. You ask a good question.

First of all, yes, precisely: option (C) is an absolute phrase and it's perfectly correct. Just so that other readers are clear on what an absolute phrase is, here's my blog:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/absolute-p ... -the-gmat/

The structure in option (A) is 100% grammatically correct, but unfortunately, not logically correct. Here, the "which" would refer incorrectly to "animals."

As always, an official question is always an exceptionally well-written question.

Does all this make sense?
Mike "-)

Thanks Much Mike!

No better and more prompt resource than you to clear such doubts!
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