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Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Ⓓ whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were

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which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were

when we first observe the options we notice the undelined part has which vs whose vs with- we can see its probably a modifier error.
(which and whose are relative pronouns)

we need a relative pronoun that refers to "the remains" therefore which is correct

we are down to A/B/C

the sentence starts with "unlike" therefore the sentence is testing comparison
we can compare remains with other remains therefore C is the correct option
Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache

therefore C is correct
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Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Unlike calls for noun to noun comparison, Tutankhamun's remains with Ramesses remains -> this comparison is fine in A
Which -> modifies remains -> looks fine. remains were found in a tomb -> good too
Ramesses the great's remains -> the great is used to modify Ramesses, but here its possessive form modifies remains which is not needed

Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Unlike calls for noun to noun comparison, Tutankhamun's remains with 'in the case of Ramesses' -> this is not correct

Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Unlike correctly compares Tutankhamun's remains with Ramesses remains
placement of remains corrects the modifier issue for 'the great' to correctly modify Ramesses..keep the answer!

Ⓓ whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
whose refers to remains' tomb - incorrect

Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were
Tutankhamun's remains with their tomb... it suggests remains have tomb -> incorrect
unlike comparison is between remains with royal cache - which is also incorrect

C is the answer!
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Pack 3, Question 2 of 5

Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Correct comparison. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "Ramesses the Great’s remains"

Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Wrong comparison. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains"

Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Here the comparison is not outrightly incorrect. But Option A presents a better version of this sentence

whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
Wrong comparison again. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "Ramesses the Great". Another mistake is the usage of "WHOSE". According to the meaning it is referring to "King Tutankhamun" but since King Tutankhamun is in possessive state, it cant act as an antecedent for WHOSE

Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were
Wrong comparison again. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains"


IMO the answer is A because of the explanation mentioned above.
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New post 23 Oct 2019, 18:15
Hi Shivam21!

Can you explain why A is over B except for the reason mentioned in your post?

Do you think that possessive noun should be compared only with possessive noun?

In given statement, T's remains is compared with R's remains.
I think there is no logical or grammatical difference if I compare T's remains with remains of R.
What do you say?

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Pack 3, Question 2 of 5

Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Correct comparison. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "Ramesses the Great’s remains"

Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Wrong comparison. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains"

Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Here the comparison is not outrightly incorrect. But Option A presents a better version of this sentence

whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
Wrong comparison again. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "Ramesses the Great". Another mistake is the usage of "WHOSE". According to the meaning it is referring to "King Tutankhamun" but since King Tutankhamun is in possessive state, it cant act as an antecedent for WHOSE

Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were
Wrong comparison again. "King Tutankhamun’s remains" are compared with "the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains"


IMO the answer is A because of the explanation mentioned above.
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Pack 3, Question 2 of 5

Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Ⓓ whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were


IMO A should be the answer and others can be eliminated for the below reasons -

EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache

Not parallel to the phrase 'King Tutankhamun’s remains' which is in the non-underlined portion of the prompt. Hence Incorrect
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Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache

Here we can say that phrase 'King Tutankhamun’s remains' is parallel to 'remains of Ramesses the Great' phrase, but this case is acceptable when we don't have an exact match of the non - underlined phrase to maintain parallelism. But we have the exact match in Option A with out other errors. Hence this is the less preferred option and hence incorrect.
EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Ⓓ whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache

There are two errors that we can note here -
1. phrase 'King Tutankhamun’s remains' is not parallel to pharse 'Ramesses the Great'. Irregular comparison of a human to other human's remains.
2. Phrase 'whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings' changes meaning from the original phrase 'which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings'. Now from the sentence, according to me, it is quite clear that the author wants to mention that 'King Tutankhamun’s remains' were kept in one tomb and 'Ramesses the Great’s remains' were kept in a royal cache, where they bury multiple mummies. But here the option phrase means that the his tomb was the only one in the valley of the kings. That changes the original meaning of the sentence.
Hence incorrect
EMPOWERgmatVerbal wrote:
Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were

Again incorrect comparison, phrase 'King Tutankhamun’s remains' is not parallel to phrase 'the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains'.
Also we have a subject - verb error in the clause 'the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were...'
Hence incorrect
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In D whose can modify people or things.

My problem with D is comparison of x'remains with Y himself.

Waiting for OE.

I chose A

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Can anyone explain why it's not A? For me, the choice was between A and C, but A seemed better because King Tutankhamun’s remains is parallel with Ramesses the Great's remains.
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OA says option D is correct. Can someone please explain how D is the correct choice. I marked C !!
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Can anyone explain why it's not A? For me, the choice was between A and C, but A seemed better because King Tutankhamun’s remains is parallel with Ramesses the Great's remains.


gmat prefers answers to be concise so if you had the option to choose between "consumption of coffee" and "coffee consumption" its preferable to choose coffee consumptio its considered as a more active form of writing..
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[quote="EMPOWERgmatVerbal"]Pack 3, Question 2 of 5

Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

Ⓐ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
Ⓑ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
Ⓒ which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
Ⓓ whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
Ⓔ with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were

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I was confused between A,C & D. Nevertheless, I chose C as the answer. I think, the question tests the fundamental funda of SC, i.e 'Meaning of the Sentence'
A- Confused with this option, as a pattern or I should say, Parallelism is there. Although, the sentence doesn't sound authentic
C- Meaning more clear than A. Chose this one
D- I have no explanation. But I think,probably I got confused with 'remains' & 'tomb'

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The confusion is between option a and option c.
Option c appears to be correct but isn't because parallel structure is not maintained. King Tuts remains compared with remains of Ramses
Option a clearly uses parallel structure

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The reason why A is better than C, is because A is more concise than C? I think that the parallel structure is correct in both cases as remains are compared with remains in both A and C.
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Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache with the mummies of more than fifty other rulers.

A. which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great’s remains were in a royal cache
B. which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache
C. which were found alone in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the remains of Ramesses the Great were in a royal cache
D. whose tomb was found alone in the Valley of the Kings, Ramesses the Great was in a royal cache
E. with their tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the royal cache of Ramesses the Great’s remains were


Since the underlined portion of the sentence is after an opening phrase, we’ll start by reviewing the phrase because that will most likely impact how we view our answer choices. The phrase “unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains” tells us that this sentence will have a comparison in it, and like items must be compared. It would be easy to think that the subject of this comparison is King Tutankhamun, but that word has the possessive “s,” so it is actually the “remains” that are the subject. We need to look for an answer option that has a subject that matches “remains.”

Since the clause that immediately follows “unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains” is in parentheses and describes/modifies the opening phrase, then we can ignore it for a short time because the other part of the comparison should come right after that modifying clause. Two options that stand out are “the remains of Ramesses the Great” and “the royal cache.” “The royal cache” compared with King Tut’s remains isn’t a logical comparison, so Option E cannot be correct. While “the remains of Ramesses the Great” and “King Tut’s remains” are comparing the same thing, “the remains of” is in unnecessary prepositional phrase that makes this sentence wordy. Option C does not show the principal of concision, so it cannot be the best answer.

Option B, without the modifying clause, reads “Unlike King Tutankhamun’s remains, in the case of Ramesses the Great, remains were in a royal cache.” Using “in the case of” isn’t idiomatic in this type of comparison, and King Tut’s remains are being compared with the case of Ramesses the Great. That isn’t a logical comparison. Option B cannot be the best answer.

Option D compares “King Tut’s remains” with Ramesses the Great. Comparing a king to the remains of another king doesn’t seem logical. Additionally, this option uses “whose” to modify “King Tut’s remains.” Do King Tut’s remains have a tomb or did King Tut have a tomb? The king had a tomb in which his remains were placed; the tomb doesn’t actually belong to the remains. Option D cannot be the best answer.

We have successfully eliminated four answer choices. Option A correctly compares one king’s remains with another king’s remains, and the modifying clause makes sense. Option A is the correct option.
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