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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so

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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




The neanderthals is the subject and vocal tract should be compared with vocal tract of apes,not with apes

for that reason option B is correct while rest are incorrect.

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Hi sayantanc2k
Can you explain why we use two coordinating conjuntions and , so in the original sentence?

In my understanding FANBOYS (coordinating conjuntion) are used to join two independent clauses (Subject + Verb), but in original sentence, we lack subject for the second clause!!! Please elaborate!

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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

this is pure meaning game here
in the non underlined part we have they were supplanted by our own species
so In C ,D ,E the vocal tracts is the subject which is illogical
how can the vocal tracts replaced by own species
In A we are comparing vocal tract(Singular) of N with those (plural) of apes

So B is the best

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(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

Subject of the sentence should be Neanderthal so C,D, and E are out
A is using those instead of that so wrong.
B is best but it also has issue that it uses " ape's " and not " apes' " or this use is correct?

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dabhishek87 wrote:
(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

Subject of the sentence should be Neanderthal so C,D, and E are out
A is using those instead of that so wrong.
B is best but it also has issue that it uses " ape's " and not " apes' " or this use is correct?




Hello dabhishek87,


I would be glad to help you resolve your doubt. :)

In Choice B, use of ape's is absolutely fine for two reasons.

Firstly, the sentence intends to present comparison between the vocal tract of Neanderthals and that of apes. The expression ape's stands for ape's vocal tract. If we change ape's to apes, then the sentence will present illogical comparison between the vocal tract of Neanderthals and the apes themselves.

Secondly, the choice uses singular article an that cannot be followed by the plural noun apes.


Hope this helps. :-)
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dabhishek87 wrote:
(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

Subject of the sentence should be Neanderthal so C,D, and E are out
A is using those instead of that so wrong.
B is best but it also has issue that it uses " ape's " and not " apes' " or this use is correct?




Hello dabhishek87,


I would be glad to help you resolve your doubt. :)

In Choice B, use of ape's is absolutely fine for two reasons.

Firstly, the sentence intends to present comparison between the vocal tract of Neanderthals and that of apes. The expression ape's stands for ape's vocal tract. If we change ape's to apes, then the sentence will present illogical comparison between the vocal tract of Neanderthals and the apes themselves.

Secondly, the choice uses singular article an that cannot be followed by the plural noun apes.


Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
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Hi Shraddha,

Thanks for the reply. I am clear on comparison but I am not clear if it should be "ape's" that means "that of ape(singular)" and "apes'" that means "that of apes(plural)" as B has Neandarthals(which I think is plural)

Can you please share your thoughts on this and correct me if I am wrong in analysis? Thanks

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In b - is the use of "had" correct?

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Past perfect tense correct in option b?

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Past perfect tense correct in option b?

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Hello santro789,


I will be glad to help you with this one. :-)


The helping verbs have, has, and had act as a perfect tense verbs only when they are followed by another verb in its past participle form. Take a look at the following sentences:

They have bought the movie tickets. --> Present Perfect Tense.

He has bought the movie tickets. --> Present Perfect Tense.

They/He had bought the movie tickets. --> Past Perfect Tense.



When these helping verbs (have, has, and had) are used just by themselves and are not followed by any other verb, then act as simple tense verbs. For example:

They have the movie tickets. --> Simple Present Tense.

He has the movie tickets. --> Simple Present Tense.

They/He had the movie tickets. --> Simple Past Tense.



Similar is the usage of had in this official sentence. Please note that in Choice B, had is not followed by any other verb in its participle form. Hence. had is NOT a past perfect tense verb in Choice B. It is rightly a simple past tense verb.


Hope this helps. :-)
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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


look at choice b, the official answer to learn gmat standards

neanderthals is plural, which go with "a vocal tract". It sounds that many animals share one vocal track. but this case is ok on english grammar and on gmat . we do not see any refusing of this pattern on gmat.

certainly, gmat will not test us this point. dont worry about hard point grammar if that is not basic, not affecting the meaing. besics, by definition of gmat , is the points which affect the meaning conveyed.

this is old question and so, we should not use it. gmat standards can change over a long time.

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