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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 apeâ€™s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an apeâ€™s
(D) The Neanderthalâ€™s vocal tracts resembled the apesâ€™
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
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04 Aug 2006, 08:12
A, I think:

It must be Neanderthals that were without language so C, D and E can't be the answer. B compares a species to a member of another species so this lacks the parallelism (right word?). But A satisfies all the requirements.
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04 Aug 2006, 09:55
B should be it.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
=> a vocal tract resembled Neanderthals of apes???
What is those refer to??
There's only plural noun "those" can refer to is "Neanderthals"
In this light, A is definitely wrong!
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s
Correct!!
CDE are out 'cuz "so were probably without language" need Neanderathals as a subject.
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04 Aug 2006, 10:06
Yeah, B looks like the correct one, I didn't take "those" into account while comparing A with B. Thanks dwivedys and freetheking.
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04 Aug 2006, 10:21
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Looks like a straight A.
Oops Typo. I mean to say B.

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04 Aug 2006, 13:07
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed
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04 Aug 2006, 13:25
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Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed

B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
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04 Aug 2006, 13:32
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Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed

B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes

isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?
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04 Aug 2006, 17:39
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Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed

B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes

isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?

Oh, the OA is B indeed. Not debating that.

But i am trying to understand how you can have a collective vocal tract. Also, 'Neanderthals' doesn't seem to be singular. If you read further in the sentence, you have 'were' referring to 'Neanderthals '
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04 Aug 2006, 17:58
mailtheguru wrote:
u2lover wrote:
mailtheguru wrote:
u2lover wrote:
Oh... I remember I had a problem with this a while back... I think it's from the OG... and the answer is B indeed

B. Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s

How could Neanderthals have a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes

isn't it what A is saying? I mean "those" part???... so in B we have "a tract that resembled an ape's tract..." ape's is a possessive... B isn't the OA?

Neanderthals is a collective noun referring to a group... so in general they all have this same tract... was that your question?

Oh, the OA is B indeed. Not debating that.

But i am trying to understand how you can have a collective vocal tract. Also, 'Neanderthals' doesn't seem to be singular. If you read further in the sentence, you have 'were' referring to 'Neanderthals '

I think that the author means "Neanderthals had a (type of) vocal tract resembling an apeâ€™s (type of vocal tract)." and that's why it's singular - it's a kind of vocal tract.
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05 Aug 2006, 11:35
One can reach B by elimination.
However, Neanderthals( plural ) had a vocal tract ( singular object ) is a unusual formation followed by so were ( plural ) .....

It might be confusing but its a lot better than B in any case.
05 Aug 2006, 11:35
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