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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

A: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year

B: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, the birds’ normal location at this time of year

C: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

D: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

E: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, was seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, its normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

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Two calliopes is mentioned so we need humming birds i.e. plural
So C and E are out

A- wrong as it indicates normal flight path aS gulf of Mexico ,it is not path it is the place


B-wrong as it says gulf of Mexico is birds normal location.it is not intended meaning here

D correctly conveys intended meaning and also usage of semicolon is appropriate distinguishing two independent sentences appropriately.

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I think Option A is the correct answer.
Here, “hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each” defines calliopes(a special type of hummingbird) perfectly.
The subject “two calliopes” is plural so the verb is also plural “were seen”.
The last portion of the sentence “the birds’ normal location at this time of the year” perfectly defines the location “the Gulf of Mexico”.


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i am not sure why b is wrong. because of "instead", pls help explain more
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i am not sure why b is wrong. because of "instead", pls help explain more

I think it should be over the gulf of mexico not in gulf of Mexico
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New post 13 May 2018, 01:22
why is D preferred over B .
" the birds’ normal location at this time of year" correctly modifies the guld of mexico.
D s lengthly and redundant. Also ; means a new sentence. Do we need a new sentence here?
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Hello thangvietnam,

let me explain you what I have understood.
option B is incorrect coz it has misplaced noun modifier- "the birds’ normal location at this time of year"...it is not clear that this part refers to 'northeastern parks and conservancy centers' or 'gulf of Mexico'.
Note-Noun modifier can modify:1. whole preceding clause...2.preceding noun...3.subject of the preceding clause.
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As you assess your decision points on this problem, you should quickly see that you're presented with a singular/plural choice between "hummingbirds" and "a hummingbird" as the first word of each choice. Note that in this case, that noun as the beginning of an appositive modifier describing "two calliopes." For this reason, you need a plural noun to agree with the plural "calliopes," so you can eliminate (C) and (E).

A less-obvious decision point is the main difference between (A), (B), and (D). (D) is the only of the remaining choices (choice (C) does this as well) that adds the preposition "over" before "the Gulf of Mexico." Choices (A) and (B) omit this extra pronoun, which creates the illogical/ridiculous meaning "the birds were seeing flying in several parks instead of (in) the Gulf of Mexico." When two items are connected using the same preposition (for example "Katie is a standout in both the pool and the classroom") that preposition must logically work with each noun. "In the Gulf of Mexico" suggests that the birds were flying underwater, an illogical meaning. Therefore only choice (D) can be correct.
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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

A: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year

B: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, the birds’ normal location at this time of year

C: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

D: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

E: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, was seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, its normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico


1. The obvious one. two calliopes - plural, so the description must also be plural ---> C, E are out.
2. What is wrong with A. It seems like we compare place (several northeastern parks and conservancy centers) with path (the bird\s flight pass). It is not good.
3. What is wrong with B. It is no sense that these birds live in a Gilf of Mexicoin this time of year - very strange meaning.

4. D. Semicolon is the best here.
hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico
Two independent clauses. No wrong comparisons. No distortion of the meaning.
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Oh i thought Gulf of mexico is some place. So Its just like Bay of Bengal or Arabian Sea.

Answer is now obviously D.
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Don't have to scratch one's head too much. Here is a quick-fix.

two calliopes are not one hummingbird; Remove C and E.
Instead of has been never right in GMAT' Remove A and B.
You are left with D that is error-free
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Don't have to scratch one's head too much. Here is a quick-fix.

two calliopes are not one hummingbird; Remove C and E.
Instead of has been never right in GMAT' Remove A and B.
You are left with D that is error-free


"Instead of" has been never right in GMAT!.--> It is new information but why "Instead of" has never been right ...
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'Instead of' has not been correct only when it is being used vis-à-vis rather than or instead. 'instead of' has been used in some non-underlined parts in some GMATPREP questions.

Why 'rather than' or 'instead' is preferred over 'instead of' is a matter of observation and conjecture although GMAT itself per se has not made the reasons explicit.
Probably, whenever there is some preference or penchant involved for something over something, then, 'rather than' makes the inclination more obvious than 'instead of.'

Let's take the case in front.

Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

The birds have certainly preferred northeastern parks and conservancy centers for some reason over their usual path. Therefore, we can boldly reject 'instead of.'



Another probable reason is that 'instead of,' a prepositional phrase cannot take anything other than a noun or a noun phrase after that. Whereas, 'rather than' can take both verb and noun. 'Rather than' can also introduce a clause as a conjunction and can take a preposition.

A case in point.

The parachute-like membranes of Africa's scaly-tailed flying squirrels differ from those of the flying squirrels in the family Sciuridae because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of the wrist.
(A) because they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of
(B) because of being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
(C) in their attachment to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of being attached at
(D) in that, they are attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow rather than at
(E) in their being attached to a cartilage rod at the elbow instead of
Ans: D.

Here, 'instead of' is unable to take the prepositional phrase 'at the elbow,' lest it should become unparallel.

All said and done; this perception might be of some help when someone is hard pressed for time in the hall.
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daagh wrote:
Don't have to scratch one's head too much. Here is a quick-fix.

two calliopes are not one hummingbird; Remove C and E.
Instead of has been never right in GMAT' Remove A and B.
You are left with D that is error-free



What do you mean when you say Instead of has never been right in GMAT?
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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

A: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year -- incorrect because it looks to be run on sentence. "their normal flight path at this time of year" doesn't look to be connected with previous sentence properly.

B: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, the birds’ normal location at this time of year --Incorrect because "normal location" changes the meaning. It was their path not their final destination.

C: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico -- Incorrect because Each is missing so it changes the meaning to two brids weigh one-tenth of an ounce rather than one.

D: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico -- correct option. It mentions semicoln to connect two independent sentence.

E: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, was seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, its normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico -- Incorrect because Each is missing so it changes the meaning to two brids weigh one-tenth of an ounce rather than one.
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A is wrong because it indicates flight path as ‘Gulf of Mexico’. B changes the meaning, to be that the ‘Gulf of Mexico is the bird’s natural location. This means that it is wrong too.



C and E are out because they refer to only one hummingbird, when two are mentioned.



D is the right answer.
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For D, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; [u]at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico
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The second sentence is an independent clause, right? Hence, at this time does not seem valid.

Is my argument of grammer valid ?
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Consider the statement... *birds* were seen flying in.... instead of the *gulf of mexico*

Isn’t the comparison ambiguous?

Can the Gulf of Mexico fly unless it has angelic wings ? ...

Both A & B are out due to the same ambiguity in terms of meaning.

C and E clearly have a subject - verb issue.. left with D..

Also D is absolutely correct as it doesn’t have the meaning ambiguity that i just mentioned above..

D is the answer

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I wonder whether it would change anything if we inserted an "over" after "instead of" in A.
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