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Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved
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C it is : unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
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Isn't the possessive making the relation ambiguous ? I opted for B
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himanshujovi wrote: Isn't the possessive making the relation ambiguous


no u need possessive to make the comparison proper . the real comparison is between the "beaks of hummingbirds" and "beaks of Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers"

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I opted for B


option B is wrong for above mentioned reason !!
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himanshujovi wrote: Isn't the possessive making the relation ambiguous


no u need possessive to make the comparison proper . the real comparison is between the "beaks of hummingbirds" and "beaks of Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers"

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I opted for B


option B is wrong for above mentioned reason !!



The comparison makes the two things being compared parallel --- even if they're possessive pronouns. That's the key to all comparisons, along with the rule of thumb for "unlike comparisons": Unlike "noun/pronoun", "noun/pronoun". Only nouns/pronouns can be compared while using "unlike comparison" and the two things being compared always need to be parallel.

Choice C, is the correct answer.
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Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved


C is the right answer. Reasons:

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved Wrong comparison. comparing hummingbirds to beaks
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved Wrong comparison. comparing hummingbird to beak
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved Correct. Logically(beaks to beaks) as well as grammatically(plural to plural)
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve Wrong comparison. comparing hummingbird to beak
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved Although comparing Hummingbirds' beak to beak(logically correct), it is comparing plural beaks with singular beak(its not allowed)

Hope it helps anyone who comes across it!!
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NeverSurrender wrote:
Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved


Imo C

The comparison is between the beak of humming birds and that of Scarlet Hawaiian honey creepers.
So we have to maintain correct comparison .
A , B, D compare beaks with birds.

D there is pronoun error .Its is wrong here for plural noun .
C is the correct answer .
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Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
-- hummingbirds compared with beaks of honeycreepers
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
-- hummingbirds compared with beaks of honeycreepers
-- its (singular) is referring to plural honeycreepers
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
-- Correct Choice
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
-- hummingbirds compared with beaks of honeycreepers
-- its (singular) is referring to plural honeycreepers
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved
-- its (singular) is referring to plural honeycreepers
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(C). Because the first clause of the sentence opts for the plural, we need to stick with the plural in the second clause for the sake of consistency. So we rule out (B) and (D). Now we can look at the split between the apostrophe-less hummingbirds and the possessive hummingbirds'. We need the possessive here, since it's what facilitates the legitimate comparison between hummingbirds' (implied) beaks and honeycreepers' beaks: it would not be legitimate to compare hummingbirds themselves to honeycreepers' beaks. So choice (A) is out. Finally, choice (C) incorrectly switches over to the singular "its", while (D) correctly maintains the plural "their."
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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

NeverSurrender wrote:
Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved


Choice A: This answer choice incorrectly compares "their beaks" with "hummingbirds". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice incorrectly compares "a hummingbird" to "beak". Additionally, this answer choice uses the singular pronoun "it" to refer to the plural noun "Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice correctly compares "beaks" to "hummingbirds’ (beaks)" and maintains subject-verb agreement throughout the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice D: This answer choice suffers from the same errors seen in Option B. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice also uses the singular pronoun "it" to refer to the plural noun "Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, C is the best answer choice.

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Dear Friends,

Here is a detailed explanation to this question-

NeverSurrender wrote:
Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved
B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved
C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved
D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve
E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved


Choice A: This answer choice incorrectly compares "their beaks" with "hummingbirds". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice B: This answer choice incorrectly compares "a hummingbird" to "beak". Additionally, this answer choice uses the singular pronoun "it" to refer to the plural noun "Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice C: This answer choice correctly compares "beaks" to "hummingbirds’ (beaks)" and maintains subject-verb agreement throughout the sentence. Thus, this answer choice is correct.

Choice D: This answer choice suffers from the same errors seen in Option B. Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Choice E: This answer choice also uses the singular pronoun "it" to refer to the plural noun "Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers". Thus, this answer choice is incorrect.

Hence, C is the best answer choice.

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Comparisons. First, we must identify the semicolon, because it separates two independents clauses. That is, the comparison in this case is only set on the right clause.

Scarlet Hawaiian honeycreepers bear many similarities to hummingbirds; unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved.

A) unlike hummingbirds, however, their beaks are curved ----- Illogical. Unlike X and Y, incorrectly compares animals to beaks

B) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak is curved ----- Illogical. Unlike X and Y, incorrectly compares the animal to a beak

C) unlike hummingbirds’, however, their beaks are curved ------ CORRECT. The comparison is set between hummingbirds' beaks, and honeycreepers's beaks

D) unlike a hummingbird, however, its beak exhibits a curve ------ Illogical. Unlike X and Y, incorrectly compares an animal to beaks

E) unlike hummingbirds’, however, its beak is curved ----- Wrong pronoun number. "It" does not have a referent.
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