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The genetic code of hominids accounts not only for all current human diversity but also the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are identical to the genetic code of chimpanzees.

A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences of modern humans with earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences of modern humans with earlier hominids, and yet most is


For a discussion of indefinite pronouns & modifiers (such as "most"), as well as the explanation to this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/

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New post 29 Oct 2013, 11:50
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The genetic code of hominids accounts not only for all current human diversity but also the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are identical to the genetic code of chimpanzees.
A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is


For a discussion of indefinite pronouns & modifiers (such as "most"), as well as the explanation to this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/

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A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is

The sentence format: not only for X but also for Y .So (A) and (B)- eliminated.
Down to (c),(d),(e)
Either it should be differences between A and B or A is different from B... so (E) is the only answer choice that fits. Also (D) can be eliminated as "are" is written though the subject is plural.
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mikemcgarry wrote:
The genetic code of hominids accounts not only for all current human diversity but also the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are identical to the genetic code of chimpanzees.
A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is


For a discussion of indefinite pronouns & modifiers (such as "most"), as well as the explanation to this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/

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Hello Sir,
It's a nice question and I could do it.But in the option D use of "Yet Most are/is"..Here Is the most is referring to The genetic code ???

Can any one please explain me how verb subject/noun matters when some verbs used after All/Some/None.. (sanam) words?
Please some examples would be grt.
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Hello Sir,
It's a nice question and I could do it.But in the option D use of "Yet Most are/is"..Here Is the most is referring to The genetic code ???

Can any one please explain me how verb subject/noun matters when some verbs used after All/Some/None.. (sanam) words?
Please some examples would be grt.
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Dear sanjeebpanda,
In that sentence, the "most" referred to "most of the genetic code of hominids", an uncountable noun, which is singular. Whenever a SANAM word appears alone in the second half of the sentence, it is always referring to something in the first half of the sentence, and you often have to use logic to figure out the exact nature of the comparison. You can see more examples in the link I posted in the question at the top.
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Hi experts,
I would like to ask about the usage of "and yet" here
Is it for the emphasis or just "yet" is suffice?

Please share your thought..
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Hi experts,
I would like to ask about the usage of "and yet" here
Is it for the emphasis or just "yet" is suffice?

Please share your thought..
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Dear nuttyxtreme,

This is Mike McGarry, author of this question. I'm happy to respond. :-)

Here, principle conjunction is "and" and the word "yet" is an adverb that adds emphasis. And, yes, "yes" could be used as a conjunction on its own.

Does this make sense?

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The genetic code of hominids accounts not only for all current human diversity but also the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are identical to the genetic code of chimpanzees.
A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is


For a discussion of indefinite pronouns & modifiers (such as "most"), as well as the explanation to this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/

Mike :-)



Dear Mike,

It seems there is a mistake in the question posted above when you copied or rewrote it. In original post in the link Choice E is:

E. for the differences of modern humans with earlier hominids, and yet most is

As mentioned in the link

"Split #2: the idiom with “difference.” The correct idioms are “difference between P and Q“ or “difference of P from Q”. The structures “difference between P as opposed to Q” and “difference of P with Q” are abominably incorrect. Choice (A) & (B) & (E) are incorrect."

So, you concluded that choice C is the correct answer. However, when you replace 'and' with 'with', it turns that both choices E and C are Correct

I hope it helps.
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mikemcgarry wrote:
The genetic code of hominids accounts not only for all current human diversity but also the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are identical to the genetic code of chimpanzees.
A. the differences between modern humans as opposed to earlier hominids, and yet most are
B. the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is
C. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most is
D. for the differences of modern humans from earlier hominids, and yet most are
E. for the differences between modern humans and earlier hominids, and yet most is


For a discussion of indefinite pronouns & modifiers (such as "most"), as well as the explanation to this question, see:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-sente ... agreement/

Mike :-)



Dear Mike,

It seems there is a mistake in the question posted above when you copied or rewrote it. In original post in the link Choice E is:

E. for the differences of modern humans with earlier hominids, and yet most is

As mentioned in the link

"Split #2: the idiom with “difference.” The correct idioms are “difference between P and Q“ or “difference of P from Q”. The structures “difference between P as opposed to Q” and “difference of P with Q” are abominably incorrect. Choice (A) & (B) & (E) are incorrect."

So, you concluded that choice C is the correct answer. However, when you replace 'and' with 'with', it turns that both choices E and C are Correct

I hope it helps.

Dear Mo2men,
Thank you. :-) Yes, we updated that question long ago on the Magoosh blog, but it never got updated here. I replaced the question at the top of this thread with the improved question and updated OA. That's a stronger and cleaner question.

Thanks again.
Mike :-)
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Here is OE found from Magoosh website.

3) Split #1: the once outside or twice inside construction. It would be correct to say “for not only P but also Q”, or to say “not only for P but also for Q.” The “for” comes after “not only” in the non-underlined part of the sentence, so this means we must choose the “twice inside” structure. Another “for” must follow the words “but also”. Choice (A) & (B) are incorrect.

Split #2: the idiom with “difference.” The correct idioms are “difference between P and Q“ or “difference of P from Q”. The structures “difference between P as opposed to Q” and “difference of P with Q” are abominably incorrect. Choice (A) & (B) & (E) are incorrect.

Split #3: SV Agreement. The subject of the second clause is the word “most” — most what? Most of “the genetic code of hominids“, which is singular. We need the singular verb “is“. Choice (A) & (D) are incorrect.

For all these reasons, (C) is the only possible answer.
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