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# Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered

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08 Jan 2018, 04:40
sayantanc2k wrote:
Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish lessens their vulnerability with thickened bones and armor plates on their sides.

A. Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish lessens their vulnerability with thickened bones and armor plates on their sides.
B. Though tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.
C. A recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen their vulnerability, though tiny, blind, and translucent.
D. Thickened bones and armor plates on their sides lessen the vulnerability of a recently discovered species of catfish that is tiny, blind, and translucent.
E. Tiny, blind, and translucent, thickened bones and armor plates on its sides lessen the vulnerability of a recently discovered species of catfish.

look at choice C
"though tiny blind, and stranlucent" should better be placed near the subject "species" even this phrase's position in choice C can be grammatical
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15 Feb 2018, 23:14
hi egmat

THOUGH/ALTHOUGH/EVEN THOUGH+CLAUSE:CORRECT
DESPITE/IN SPITE OF+NOUN:CORRECT
here neither options has though+clause structure.
can you please shed some light on this issue
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17 Feb 2018, 00:37
Why are we using HAS?
A recently discovered species= Plural
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15 Apr 2018, 20:13
A Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish lessens their vulnerability with thickened bones and armor plates on their sides.

B Though tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.

C A recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen their vulnerability, though tiny, blind, and translucent.

D Thickened bones and armor plates on their sides lessen the vulnerability of a recently discovered species of catfish that is tiny, blind, and translucent.

E Tiny, blind, and translucent, thickened bones and armor plates on its sides lessen the vulnerability of a recently discovered species of catfish.

It is easy to make splits per the usage of pronouns, leading to the choice between B and E.

I was wrong in B as I thought lessen modifies the sides, creating a wrong logic since sides can not lessen its vulnerability... I did not further investigate and eliminate this choice right away.

When I was examing choice E, I think it has a subject that is too long, making the beginning part too heavy, but it is still better than B...
I chose E. I did not think further its meaning---it illogically interchanges the modifier and the subject...

Key takeaways for any questions exam the usage of modifier
1. Remember the rule of "Noun Modifiers can Modify slightly far away noun" from E-GMAT.
2. Always double check the closer noun and slightly far-away noun, and compare meanings (the step i missed when I solved the question)
3. Always double check the meaning. Not only the question(Choice A) itself but also all choices after the split.
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10 May 2018, 07:34
+1 for option B. This questions tests you on SVA , modifiers , and pronouns.
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11 May 2018, 21:09
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Though tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.

I would respectfully disagree with analysis of Abhishek009 regarding correct subject:

Though tiny, blind, and translucent, modifier
a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.

Species or catfish can not be subject of the clause since later is a noun in a prepositional phrase
and former is preceded by article - a which makes the overall subject a whole noun phrase a subject
of main clause.

Quote:
Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish lessens their vulnerability with thickened bones and armor plates on their sides.

The main issue with (A) is not subject verb agreement or a pronoun - their -can correctly refer to plural catfish but it implies incorrect meaning w.r.t (B)
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12 May 2018, 00:45
"The noun species, referring especially to a group of organisms sharing common characteristics, can be either singular (e.g., that species is purple) or plural (e.g., these species are yellow)

But in the statement 1 it is singular, "a recently discovered species of catfish"

Species is the subject.

Please correct me, if I am wrong.

Though tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.

I would respectfully disagree with analysis of Abhishek009 regarding correct subject:

Though tiny, blind, and translucent, modifier
a recently discovered species of catfish has thickened bones and armor plates on its sides that lessen its vulnerability.

Species or catfish can not be subject of the clause since later is a noun in a prepositional phrase
and former is preceded by article - a which makes the overall subject a whole noun phrase a subject
of main clause.

Quote:
Though being tiny, blind, and translucent, a recently discovered species of catfish lessens their vulnerability with thickened bones and armor plates on their sides.

The main issue with (A) is not subject verb agreement or a pronoun - their -can correctly refer to plural catfish but it implies incorrect meaning w.r.t (B)

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