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# Neanderthals

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23 Mar 2005, 21:18
nocilis
thanks for the insight, I will try to remember this.
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23 Mar 2005, 23:23
YES, go for B,

Hi, praveen

The sentence requires a subject appropriate to both members of a compound predicate, the second member being and so were probably without language. B, the best choice, logically uses Neanderthals as the subject.
Choice A also uses this subject, but the plural pronoun those does not agree with its singular antecedent, a vocal tract. C, D, and E present the inappropriate subject vocal tracts, which cannot logically govern the
second member of the predicate (i.e., vocal tracts cannot be said to be without language). Moreover, it is better to use the singular in referring to an anatomical feature common to an entire species; C, D, and E use the
plural vocal tracts. D compounds the problem by giving multiple vocal tracts to one Neanderthal.

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24 Mar 2005, 08:22
chunjuwu
Yes I am aware of the OE given in the OG. Question I had was about the usage of "a" to refer to vocal tracks of the whole species. Nocilis explained it well to resolve the issue. Thanks for posting
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17 Jan 2008, 13:45
I used "they" as a key for this SC

Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
- ambiguous reference

(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's

(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's
- ambiguous reference

(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes'
- incorrect reference

(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
- ambiguous reference

Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
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27 Mar 2008, 16:43
OA - B

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