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# Pronoun Revision: Used by many natural history museum

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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling

B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull

C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling

E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls

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01 Mar 2015, 04:52
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A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling - Incorrect...when referring to the entire class 'the' with the class name is used. For example, we dont say 'lions are kings of the jungle' when referring to the entire class. Instead we say 'The lion is the king of the jungle' which refers to the entire group/class
B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull - Same as A
C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls - Incorrect. It is important to understand the meaning and not just focus on the structure. Although this one looks parallel, the sentence means that it feeds by pulling.....so the present participle in option D is correct.
D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling - Correct
E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls - Same as C

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27 Feb 2015, 02:02
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
plural beetles does not go with its in non underlined portion

B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
plural beetles does not go with its in non underlined portion.. pulling is correct

C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
pulling is correct , so incorrect

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
correct

E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls
pulling is correct , so incorrect
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28 Feb 2015, 09:03
Chose D, because 'pulling' shows us how the action happened.
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28 Feb 2015, 14:10
Chose C as pulls is parallel with feeds
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Chose C as pulls is parallel with feeds
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I guess Option C is correct because pulls is parallel with feeds.
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I think C is incorrect, because it compromises with the meaning. It says: "the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue".

Because of the presence of the coordinating conjunction "and", C seems to suggest that the dermestid beetle does two difference things: a) It feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and b) It pulls with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

But this is not the correct interpretation. These are not two "different & unrelated" things.

Can you please post the OA.
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22 May 2015, 01:58
d is the answer as "pulling" is required to show that the action is happening
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24 May 2015, 02:26
Narrowed down to A & D.
A -> UsesPlural form. It means there are many beetles doing the action.
D-> Uses singular form. Changes the meaning. Only one beetle is doing the action.
I therefore marked A
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NickHalden wrote:
Narrowed down to A & D.
A -> UsesPlural form. It means there are many beetles doing the action.
D-> Uses singular form. Changes the meaning. Only one beetle is doing the action.
I therefore marked A

hi,
Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
plural beetles does not go with its in non underlined portion
A cannot be correct.....

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
correct
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NickHalden wrote:
Narrowed down to A & D.
A -> UsesPlural form. It means there are many beetles doing the action.
D-> Uses singular form. Changes the meaning. Only one beetle is doing the action.
I therefore marked A

hi,
Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
plural beetles does not go with its in non underlined portion
A cannot be correct.....

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
correct

Hi,

please explain again why ' its ' is wrong in option A. What should be their in place of 'its' for this option to be correct?
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@Yogita25 wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
NickHalden wrote:
Narrowed down to A & D.
A -> UsesPlural form. It means there are many beetles doing the action.
D-> Uses singular form. Changes the meaning. Only one beetle is doing the action.
I therefore marked A

hi,
Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
plural beetles does not go with its in non underlined portion
A cannot be correct.....

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
correct

Hi,

please explain again why ' its ' is wrong in option A. What should be their in place of 'its' for this option to be correct?

Hi Yogita25,

its is not wrong .
what i have meant is that in the nonunderlined portion is it's, therefore beetles(a plural form) is wrong in A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling and can not substitute it's... it should have been beetle to be correct
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Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
Dermestid beetles is wrong as the non underlined portion uses 'its' which is singular

B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull
Dermestid beetles is wrong as the non underlined portion uses 'its' which is singular.

C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls
pulls is incorrect.

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling
Correct choice

E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls
and it pulls is wrong
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Sentence Correction : Pronoun Revision Project.

Used by many natural history museum curators in the preparation of animal skeletons for display, dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling with its mouthparts to strip the bone of any residual fat or muscle tissue.

A. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling

since pronoun 'its' in non underlined portion indicates singular subject , plural noun 'beetles' is wrong here.

B. dermestid beetles feed on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pull

same as A

C. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and pulls

Wrong meaning . Feeds and pulls are not parallel . Correct Meaning : beetle feeds by pulling .....

D. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses, pulling

Meaning and pronoun error is correct

E. the dermestid beetle feeds on the decaying flesh of animal carcasses and it pulls

wrong , error same as C
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The plural subject in the original sentence, “dermestid beetles,” does not agree in number with the
singular pronoun “its,” which appears in the non-underlined part of the sentence. In order to correctly
agree with “its,” the subject must be singular: “the dermestid beetle.”

(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.

(B) The plural subject “dermestid beetles” does not agree in number with the singular pronoun “its,”
which appears in the non-underlined part of the sentence. In order to correctly agree with “its,” the
subject must be singular: “the dermestid beetle.” Also, the present tense verb “pull” is incorrectly
consistent with the present tense verb “feed.” In this case, verb consistency is undesirable as it
separates “feed” and “pull” into two independent and sequential actions: the beetles “feed on the
decaying flesh” and “pull with…mouthparts.” The logical meaning of the sentence, as dictated by the
original version, is that the “pulling” occurs as part of the main verb “feed,” not independent of it.

(C) While the singular subject “the dermestid beetle” correctly agrees in number with the singular
pronoun “its,” the present tense verb “pulls” is incorrectly consistent with the present tense verb
“feeds.” In this case, verb consistency is undesirable as it separates “feeds” and “pulls” into two
independent and sequential actions: the beetle “feeds on the decaying flesh” and “pulls
with…mouthparts.” The logical meaning of the sentence, as dictated by the original version, is that the
“pulling” occurs as part of the main verb “feeds,” not independent of it.

(D) CORRECT. The singular subject “the dermestid beetle” correctly agrees in number with the
singular pronoun “its.” Also, the form “pulling” correctly implies that “pulling with its mouthparts”
occurs as part of the main verb “feeds,” not independent of it.

(E) The singular subject “the dermestid beetle” correctly agrees in number with the singular pronoun
“its.” However, the present tense verb “pulls” is incorrectly consistent with the present tense verb
“feeds.” In this case, verb consistency is undesirable as it separates “feeds” and “pulls” into two
independent and sequential actions: the beetle “feeds on the decaying flesh” and “pulls
with…mouthparts.” The logical meaning of the sentence, as dictated by the original version, is that the
“pulling” occurs as part of the main verb “feeds,” not independent of it. Also, the use of the pronoun
“it” is unnecessarily wordy; the subject of the verb “pulls,” “the dermestid beetle,” is clear without of
the use of “it.”
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17 Jul 2018, 11:29
option D is correct.
pulling is parallel with feeds
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