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Re: Recently discovered fossil remains strongly suggest that the Australia [#permalink]

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New post 30 Aug 2016, 06:42
My Approach is as follows :

1. Read the option A, developing is the wrong verb tense since its happened in the past and needs a simple past verb

So focus on the split for simple past for developed and eliminate D as well.

Now with B, C and E the last split : from/of we need the split from and hence eliminate C and E

Only option left is B, read it once with the overall sentence and sounds good.

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New post 08 Nov 2016, 17:53
This one was tricky. The difficulty I had from the get go was choosing instead. I thought instead was the way to go. Then I read that the GMAT prefers rather for contrast and comparisons.

Split1) Parallelism. "x rather than y" or "x instead of y". Both are correct words for contrast. The other thing to add here is that what follows x and what follows y must be in parallel. "are a branch of the main… rather than a type…" in B does it. A, C, D, and E are out.

Split2) Verb vs Noun. Whenever you see both types of words, the GMAT will always prefer verb action. In this case: "Developing" = verb form is better then "Development" = noun form. C and E are questionable, potentially out.

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New post 31 Mar 2017, 03:22
vagarwal wrote:
Recently discovered fossil remains strongly suggest that the Australian egg-laying mammals of today are a
branch of the main stem of mammalian evolution rather than developing independently from a common
ancestor of mammals more than 220 million years ago.
(A) rather than developing independently from
(B) rather than a type that developed independently from
(C) rather than a type whose development was independent of
(D) instead of developing independently from
(E) instead of a development that was independent of


Can somebody please explain the above ?


Why C is wrong?

I want to talk a lot for this problem.
I failed gmat many times and many years because I do not understand the kind of logic error gmat want us to know.

though the logic error on SC is fatally important, its concept is so simple that we can not think that gmat test this kind of error. look at the following example.

5 eggs per week is good for health

above sentence is in an engish learning book. that sentence is considered correct . but gmat consider it wrong.

gmat consider the following correct

eating 5 eggs per week is good for health.

now we see the problem. this is the point of logic error gmat want us to know.

5 egg can be good, bad, big, small, much or little. 5 eggs can not be good for health. only eating 5 eggs is possible to be good for health.

this logic point is never explained in grammar books because it is too simple. just use our common sense of this world to know the logic point. anticipate this kind of error after eliminating the 3 choices with grammatical errors

come back to our problem. I think we have an important point.

I develop independently from you. this is logic
this development is independent from that development . this is logic

this development is independent from you. this is not logic

in other words, "independent" requires the two similar things . "independent" is like a comparision signals such as " as ...as", and, so, requires the two similar things.

whose development is dependent from ancestors . this is not logic. C is wrong
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Merged topics. Please, search for the questions before posting them.
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Recently discovered fossil remains strongly suggest that the Australian egg-laying mammals of today are a branch of the main stem of mammalian evolution rather than developing independently from a common ancestor of mammals more than 220 million years ago.

(A) rather than developing independently from

(B) rather than a type that developed independently from

(C) rather than a type whose development was independent of

(D) instead of developing independently from

(E) instead of a development that was independent of
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Hi Experts GMATNinja mikemcgarry
Is the usage of both idiom instead of and rather than correct in this OG?
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Correct answer is B - The confusion between two options B and D, where D cited clearly "Developing independently from is not parallel to a branch."
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New post 29 Sep 2017, 18:45
can someone please suggest if the usage of 'whose' in option C is correct or incorrect?
I am able to eliminate all other incorrect options but stuck at C.
Plus on a broader level when is the usage of 'whose' appropriate?
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cubs In this case, "whose" appears as the possessive form of "which." Basically, "which's" is not a word, so we say "whose." The main problem with C is "developments was." There shouldn't be more than one development, and if that were correct, then we'd need to say "developments were."
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