Last visit was: 14 Sep 2024, 06:23 It is currently 14 Sep 2024, 06:23
Toolkit
GMAT Club Daily Prep
Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History
Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

# Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly

SORT BY:
Tags:
Show Tags
Hide Tags
Director
Joined: 16 Jun 2021
Posts: 973
Own Kudos [?]: 188 [0]
Given Kudos: 309
Intern
Joined: 25 Nov 2021
Posts: 24
Own Kudos [?]: 1 [0]
Given Kudos: 893
Location: India
Experts' Global Representative
Joined: 10 Jul 2017
Posts: 5129
Own Kudos [?]: 4699 [1]
Given Kudos: 38
Location: India
GMAT Date: 11-01-2019
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Status: GMAT/GRE/LSAT tutors
Posts: 7056
Own Kudos [?]: 65097 [1]
Given Kudos: 1835
Location: United States (CO)
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V46
GMAT 2: 800 Q51 V51
GRE 1: Q170 V170

GRE 2: Q170 V170
Re: Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly [#permalink]
1
Kudos
Aravind04
hi
I have a question both Option D & E have the Full verb 'stay' in them so why cant D be a Run on sentence scenario please help me understand this

Thanks
Aravind
Looks like another expert beat us to the punch, but in case it helps, check out these two posts for more on why (E) doesn't work:

As we explained in an earlier post, "consisting of... and the females’ new pups" is a big ol' modifier that describes the tight-knit colonies. And there's a parallel list buried in that big ol' modifier: "Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly a dozen, consisting of {X, Y, and Z}.

The first element in that parallel list is, "several breeding females that often stay together for their entire lives" - and within that element, the "that..." part is a noun modifier that describes the breeding females. So "stay" is indeed a verb, and it agrees with the noun being modified (breeding females). But "stay" is not the main verb of an independent clause.

Phew... lots of modifiers to keep track of here, but I hope that helps!
Current Student
Joined: 24 Nov 2021
Posts: 38
Own Kudos [?]: 16 [0]
Given Kudos: 92
Location: Argentina
Re: Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly [#permalink]
GMATNinja
Quote:
(D) of roughly a dozen, consisting of several breeding females that often stay together for their entire lives, one or two breeding males that tend to switch coteries frequently, and the females’ new pups.
And this is better! We could argue that "of roughly a dozen" doesn't sound great, but nobody cares about sound here. There's no pronoun issue whatsoever -- and "the females' new pups" clarifies the end of the sentence, too. Keep (D).

Quote:
(E) with roughly a dozen animals, each coterie includes several breeding females that often stay together for their entire lives, one or two breeding males that tend to switch coteries frequently, and the females’ new pups.
I actually think that the first part of the sentence sounds good here, but we should never worry about "sound" on GMAT SC. More importantly: this is a classic comma splice, featuring two full sentences improperly separated by a full comma. So it's wrong, even if we think it sounds nice. Eliminate (E).

Hi Ninja! Thanks for your great post. Just a few doubts here...

At D), although you mention that there is nothing wrong with "of roughy a dozen", shouldn't that be structured as "of roughly a dozen animals" since as original would get unclear if refering to the animals or the coteries?

At E), if we switch to ";" in "with roughly a dozen animals; each coterie..." would have make it correct, right?

Thanks!
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
Joined: 13 Aug 2009
Status: GMAT/GRE/LSAT tutors
Posts: 7056
Own Kudos [?]: 65097 [1]
Given Kudos: 1835
Location: United States (CO)
GMAT 1: 780 Q51 V46
GMAT 2: 800 Q51 V51
GRE 1: Q170 V170

GRE 2: Q170 V170
Re: Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly [#permalink]
1
Kudos
lucasd14
GMATNinja
Quote:
(D) of roughly a dozen, consisting of several breeding females that often stay together for their entire lives, one or two breeding males that tend to switch coteries frequently, and the females’ new pups.
And this is better! We could argue that "of roughly a dozen" doesn't sound great, but nobody cares about sound here. There's no pronoun issue whatsoever -- and "the females' new pups" clarifies the end of the sentence, too. Keep (D).

Quote:
(E) with roughly a dozen animals, each coterie includes several breeding females that often stay together for their entire lives, one or two breeding males that tend to switch coteries frequently, and the females’ new pups.
I actually think that the first part of the sentence sounds good here, but we should never worry about "sound" on GMAT SC. More importantly: this is a classic comma splice, featuring two full sentences improperly separated by a full comma. So it's wrong, even if we think it sounds nice. Eliminate (E).

Hi Ninja! Thanks for your great post. Just a few doubts here...

At D), although you mention that there is nothing wrong with "of roughy a dozen", shouldn't that be structured as "of roughly a dozen animals" since as original would get unclear if refering to the animals or the coteries?

Thanks!
Nah. If I wrote "The kids at Tim's school were organized into groups of six," you wouldn't say it was wrong because it needs to specify "six kids," right? Context makes it clear. Same deal for a "coterie of a dozen." We're clearly talking about prairie dogs, so it's fine.

Quote:
At E), if we switch to ";" in "with roughly a dozen animals; each coterie..." would have make it correct, right?
I'm with you here -- the comma splice looks the big issue in (E), so if you fix that, I'm not seeing anything else that qualifies as an error.

I hope that helps a bit!
Non-Human User
Joined: 01 Oct 2013
Posts: 17749
Own Kudos [?]: 878 [0]
Given Kudos: 0
Re: Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly [#permalink]
Hello from the GMAT Club VerbalBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email.
Re: Prairie dogs live in tight-knit colonies, called coteries, of roughly [#permalink]
1   2   3
Moderators:
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
7056 posts
GMAT Club Verbal Expert
234 posts