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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
B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an
ape's
C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an
ape's
D )The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the
apes’
E )The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled
those of the apes
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You cannot use THOSE OF when the original noun is singular.
The rest of the choices has a S-V agreement problem.
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yes, it is B

we need to compare the vocal tracts of neandrathals with those of the apes. also, check the rest of the sentece for correctness. it says that " so were without language" . so who was without language? the neandrathals or their tracts? it has to be neandrathals.
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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 apeswrong comparison is made here
B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an
ape'scorrect answert
C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an
ape's vocal tracrs does not agree with rest of the sentence
D )The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the
apes’ wrong comparison
E )The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled
those of the apesagain, wrong comparison and vocal tracts cannot be a subject

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heygirl, I think that "someone" has been reading the MGMAT SC, LOL 8-)
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is it a rule that a singular noun can not be compared to plural ?
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heygirl, I think that "someone" has been reading the MGMAT SC, LOL 8-)

haha :-)
I actually got this rule from the OG itself. I remember reading such things in the OG. I believe that the OG is MORE THAN enough for the SC part. The explanations are fantastic.
To answer your question - yes, i have read the MGMAT SC book but that's a long time ago,about a month.

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When you compare a noun vs. THAT OF/THOSE OF, yes, it is a rule.
The number must be the same.

Good advice heygirl, I will read more deeply the explanations in the OG.

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heygirl, I think that "someone" has been reading the MGMAT SC, LOL 8-)

haha :-)
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Neanderthals had a vocal tract

Guys, Doesn't it mean All Neanderthals share common vocal tract?(Neanderthals =>Plural a vocal tract =>SINGULAR) How could B be correct?

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Probably, you are right. However, it is the best among the rest.

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Neanderthals had a vocal tract

Guys, Doesn't it mean All Neanderthals share common vocal tract?(Neanderthals =>Plural a vocal tract =>SINGULAR) How could B be correct?

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Hi onell
To answer your question I believe ape and Neanderthals are singular here. So sharing is not an option. Just like they wont't be sharing lands, property, wealth and probably girl friends :-)

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To answer your question I believe ape and Neanderthals are singular here. So sharing is not an option. Just like they wont't be sharing lands, property, wealth and probably girl friends :-)

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:) Neanderthals is plural.....

Neanderthal is singular

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Neanderthals had a vocal tract

Guys, Doesn't it mean All Neanderthals share common vocal tract?(Neanderthals =>Plural a vocal tract =>SINGULAR) How could B be correct?


I think this means that Neanderthals had the same kind of vocal tract.

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that is why i posted this question here. Neanderthals is supposed to be plural but can it be treated as a singular in this context . its like saying ... dogs had a tail which wagged whenever they saw a bone .
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Yes i agree with you all that answer is B by method of elimination. although one can eliminate B as well on basis of S-V agreement.
However, B is the best choice to go for.
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that is why i posted this question here. Neanderthals is supposed to be plural but can it be treated as a singular in this context . its like saying ... dogs had a tail which wagged whenever they saw a bone .

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You are allowed to talk about a plural group and reference a singular trait of that plural group. "Neanderthals had a vocal tract" is ok. "Dogs have a tail" is ok. "Humans have a heart that pumps blood" is ok.

"Neanderthals had vocal tracts that resembled those of the apes" might be what you're looking for--but it's not one of the answer choices.

Oftentimes, the optimal/most correct answer choice you might have in mind actually does not show up in the answer choices. It doesn't matter--your job is to pick the best of the existing ones--not the best possible answer choice in your mind.

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that is why i posted this question here. Neanderthals is supposed to be plural but can it be treated as a singular in this context . its like saying ... dogs had a tail which wagged whenever they saw a bone .


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Oftentimes, the optimal/most correct answer choice you might have in mind actually does not show up in the answer choices. It doesn't matter--your job is to pick the best of the existing ones--not the best possible answer choice in your mind.


that is the input i was looking for , thanks gmatpill
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that is why i posted this question here. Neanderthals is supposed to be plural but can it be treated as a singular in this context . its like saying ... dogs had a tail which wagged whenever they saw a bone .

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You are allowed to talk about a plural group and reference a singular trait of that plural group. "Neanderthals had a vocal tract" is ok. "Dogs have a tail" is ok. "Humans have a heart that pumps blood" is ok.

"Neanderthals had vocal tracts that resembled those of the apes" might be what you're looking for--but it's not one of the answer choices.

Oftentimes, the optimal/most correct answer choice you might have in mind actually does not show up in the answer choices. It doesn't matter--your job is to pick the best of the existing ones--not the best possible answer choice in your mind.


GmatPill thanks for the Post....

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Isn't ING form awkward with possessive form in B ....PLEASE CLEAR MY DOUBT

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yes, it is B

we need to compare the vocal tracts of neandrathals with those of the apes. also, check the rest of the sentece for correctness. it says that " so were without language" . so who was without language? the neandrathals or their tracts? it has to be neandrathals.
garimavyas wrote:
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 apeswrong comparison is made here
B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an
ape'scorrect answert
C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an
ape's vocal tracrs does not agree with rest of the sentence
D )The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the
apes’ wrong comparison
E )The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled
those of the apesagain, wrong comparison and vocal tracts cannot be a subject

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