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# QOTD: Almost like clones in their similarity to one another

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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 264: Sentence Correction

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Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease

(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease

(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease

(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

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10 Apr 2018, 14:26
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Much of the action is in the non-underlined portion of this sentence: “Almost like clones in their similarity to one another...” That phrase includes the plural pronoun “their”, so it needs to be followed by a plural noun that could reasonably be described as “like clones” in terms of their similarity to each other.

With that in mind…

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(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease

(A) definitely doesn’t work, because “the cheetah species’ homogeneity” is singular, and it’s unreasonable to say that the “homogeneity” is “almost like clones in their similarity to one another.”

So (A) is out.

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(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

The trouble here is that “the cheetah species” is singular, and once again, a singular species can’t logically be described as “almost like clones in their similarity to one another.” (And in case you’re wondering: yes, “species” can also be plural, but in this case, it’s followed by “is”, and then “its” refers back to “species” later in the sentence. So “species” is definitely singular in this particular sentence.)

We can eliminate (B), too.

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(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease

(C) repeats the exact same error as (A): “the homogeneity” is singular, and it’s still totally unreasonable to say that the “homogeneity” is “almost like clones in their similarity to one another.”

That takes care of (C).

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(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease

(D) rearranges a few things, but the heart of the problem is still completely the same as in (A) and (C): “homogeneity” is singular, and it’s once again unreasonable to say that the “homogeneity” is “almost like clones in their similarity to one another.”

(D) is gone, and I really hope we like (E), or else we’ll be starting over…

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(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

Yup, this is fine! “Members” is plural, and it makes sense to say that “members of the cheetah species” are “almost like clones in their similarity to one another.”

“Their” also jumps out at me at the end of the sentence, and that’s fine, too: “their” refers to “members of the cheetah species.”

So (E) is our winner.
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10 Apr 2018, 19:56
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 264: Sentence Correction

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Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease

(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease

(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease

(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

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The starting phrase ‘almost like clones in their similarity to one another ‘ modifies the cheetahs itself but not cheetah species or homogeneity hence A,B,C,D are out E in my opinion is te right answer .

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10 Apr 2018, 23:13
imo e

Almost like clones in their similarity to one another modifies members and not species or homogeneity
Also B,C-pronoun error. it can't refer to plural species
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10 Apr 2018, 23:35
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Verbal Question of The Day: Day 264: Sentence Correction

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Almost like clones in their similarity to one another, the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease.

(A) the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease

(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity

(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease

(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease

(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity

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E is the right answer
A) Species's - only one type of species a singular
B) Their and Its
c) The homogenity is modified instead of Cheetah
d) Same as C
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Re: QOTD: Almost like clones in their similarity to one another [#permalink]

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11 Apr 2018, 00:28
The comparison should be between clones and cheetah. So, eliminate options: A,C,D (comparison of clones with homogeneity is wrong) and option B ("is" is wrong because its singular)
(A)the cheetah species’ homogeneity makes them especially vulnerable to disease
(B) the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity
(C) the homogeneity of the cheetah species makes it especially vulnerable to disease
(D) homogeneity makes members of the cheetah species especially vulnerable to disease
(E) members of the cheetah species are especially vulnerable to disease because of their homogeneity
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11 Apr 2018, 12:40
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The comparison should be between clones and cheetah. So, eliminate options: A,C,D (comparison of clones with homogeneity is wrong) and option B ("is" is wrong because its singular)

Hello shilpibansal,

Congratulations on solving this official sentence correct. You have done a neat job in quickly solving this problem correctly. Keep up the good work.

I would just like to say that from your analysis of Choice B, it appears that you think that species is a plural noun and hence use of single is incorrect.

Please note that word species is considered singular when it has been used in connection of one entity.

Since this official sentence talks about cheetah species, the word species is singular.

Choice B is incorrect because like other choice, this choice also presents illogical comparison between clones (individual units) and cheetah species.

Hope this helps.
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12 Apr 2018, 09:14
Can easily pick E by considering S-V agreement. Only E has a plural subject, which matches 'their'.
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12 Apr 2018, 09:59
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Can easily pick E by considering S-V agreement. Only E has a plural subject, which matches 'their'.

Hello megakee9,

Your reason is absolutely sound to reject all answer choices and select Choice E as the correct answer for this official sentence.

However, the basis on which you have made this selection is not S-V agreement as there is no Verb engaged in your logical analysis.

Their is a plural pronoun that must agree in number with its noun antecedent that it refers to. So you made your selection on the basis of Pronoun- Antecedent number agreement.

Hope this helps.
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Re: QOTD: Almost like clones in their similarity to one another [#permalink]

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13 Apr 2018, 03:15
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shilpibansal wrote:
The comparison should be between clones and cheetah. So, eliminate options: A,C,D (comparison of clones with homogeneity is wrong) and option B ("is" is wrong because its singular)

Hello shilpibansal,

Congratulations on solving this official sentence correct. You have done a neat job in quickly solving this problem correctly. Keep up the good work.

I would just like to say that from your analysis of Choice B, it appears that you think that species is a plural noun and hence use of single is incorrect.

Please note that word species is considered singular when it has been used in connection of one entity.

Since this official sentence talks about cheetah species, the word species is singular.

Choice B is incorrect because like other choice, this choice also presents illogical comparison between clones (individual units) and cheetah species.

Hope this helps.
Thanks.

I'm not able to grasp completely what do you mean by "Please note that word species is considered singular when it has been used in connection of one entity."
Please elaborate that for me. Thank you.
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13 Apr 2018, 04:29
+1 for option E. Let me take a jab at it !

Meaning - The author intends to convey that just as how individual clones were similar to one another so are members of cheetah species. The comparison is b/w clones members of cheetah species.

Error analysis : Illogical comparison !!

POE :

a) clones vs cheetah species’ homogeneity
b) clones vs cheetah species ; also note that non underlined portion refers to individual clones and hence plural. The underlined portion is referring to species as singular. This should ring bells even if comparison didn't hit you !
c) clones vs homogeneity
d) same as C
e) correct

Hence the correct answer is E !!
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13 Apr 2018, 07:23
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I'm not able to grasp completely what do you mean by "Please note that word species is considered singular when it has been used in connection of one entity."
Please elaborate that for me. Thank you.

Hello chandra004,

Thank you for the query.

The word species in general is a singular noun.

When used as many species or in a context when the word has been used for more than one living being, then it acts as a plural.

Long story short, species can be used as both singular and plural noun. The usage will depend on the context of the sentence.

Hope this helps.
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27 Jun 2018, 21:40
In this sentence, there is a modifier and a Subject-Verb agreement issue.
"Almost like clones in their similarity to one another" - who - the cheetah species or members of the cheetah species.
This eliminates options A, C, D.
In option B - the cheetah species is especially vulnerable to disease because of its homogeneity.
So, E is the correct answer.
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16 Jul 2018, 21:55
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Much of the action is in the non-underlined portion of this sentence: “Almost like clones in their similarity to one another...” That phrase includes the plural pronoun “their”, so it needs to be followed by a plural noun that could reasonably be described as “like clones” in terms of their similarity to each other.

With that in mind…

Hi GMATNinja,
I haven't completely grasped the point of your explanation.
why it need to be followed by a plural noun, just because of "their" in the non-underlined portion?
first, i think "their" refers to "clones"
second, i don't thinks plural noun need follow because i read a sentence from MANHATTAN SC guidance:
UNLKIE her parents, she has green eyes --her parents is plural noun, she is singular,

Many posts discussed in this forum point out that it need to be followed by a plural noun because of their, but i havenot gotten. Please help,

Hi mikemcgarry, GMATNinjaTwo, MagooshExpert Carolyn,
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