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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.
(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's
(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes

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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.
(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's
(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


I would pick E
the second clause modifies the subject of the first clause. Thus the subject of the first clause has to be the 'shortcoming' - (vocal tract). A,B,D are out. Between C and E, 'the Neanderthals' sounds better than Neanderthals. Moreover, 'resembled those of the apes' is more correct than resembled the ape's

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Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes and so were probably without language, a shortcoming that may explain why they were supplanted by our own species.

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's apes' would have been better
(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes


E my final answer

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I think Neanderthal's can have only 1 vocal tract hence C,D and E are out. A is out because of ambiguous "those"
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Paul wrote:
I think Neanderthal's can have only 1 vocal tract hence C,D and E are out. A is out because of ambiguous "those"


I think you are right Paul. Also if you read the sentence there is kind of a comparision. the VT of N resembles ape's and so were without sound, which means that the apes were also without sound. Whats the OA?

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OA is B. Paul has cracked the most efficient way I reckon!!
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The easiest way to knock out this question is consider the subject.

A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's
(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes

"so were probably without language" must modify the Neanderthals.
The only sentances that have the Neanderthals as the subject are A and B.

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I will go with B.

With C and E, it seems as if the vocal tracts were without a language (which is absurd).
In A, plural those refers to a singular vocal tract.
In B, it seems as if the Neanderthals and the apes had more than one vocal tract.

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SigEpUCI wrote:
The easiest way to knock out this question is consider the subject.

A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape's
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape's
(D) The Neanderthal's vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes

"so were probably without language" must modify the Neanderthals.
The only sentances that have the Neanderthals as the subject are A and B.



Thanks! it does explain it!

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Hello gents,

it took me 2 minutes to stop looking as astonished - I had to realize, that this question is about Neanderthals instead of Netherlander :)

However:
Although B seems good, why couldnt plural Neanderthals have plural vocal tracts?
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IMO B.
I think 'were probably without language' is referring to Neanderthals and not to vocal tracks. Comments?
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(B)

(A) Neanderthals had a vocal tract that resembled those of the apes
(B) Neanderthals had a vocal tract resembling an ape’s
(C) The vocal tracts of Neanderthals resembled an ape’s
(D) The Neanderthal’s vocal tracts resembled the apes’
(E) The vocal tracts of the Neanderthals resembled those of the apes
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