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New post 25 Feb 2020, 20:57
Hi all,

Can we use "Though tiny, blind and translucent" instead of "Though being tiny, blind and translucent"? I mean that "tiny, blind, translucent" are adjectives, than we need a "to be" verb here? Do we?

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MagooshExpert wrote:
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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.



HI GMATNinja, mikemcgarry, MagooshExpert (Carolyn), GMATGuruNY, EducationAisle, generis

Here Though tiny, blind, and translucent is it not modifying a recently discovered

Hi NandishSS,

Happy to help :) Here, "tiny, blind, and translucent" has to modify a noun, so it will logically modify the nearest noun. "A recently discovered" is not a noun -- the next noun is "species of catfish". "Recently discovered" is also modifying "species of catfish". So all of these modifiers are modifying "species of catfish" :)

Hope that helps! :)
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Hi Carolyn, though OA explanation is all correct. I still don't understand how can a species be tiny, blind, and translucent!
Kindly explain whether is it always correct to modify collective nouns like this. I remember few of the Official questions options are eliminated purely because of such modifier referrant error.

Shouldn't it be modifying the catfish instead of species?
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New post 06 Apr 2020, 03:09
ChiranjeevSingh please could you clear my doubt in option B


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.

Should't the noun "species" be placed immediately after the phrase "Though tiny, blind, and translucent". We rather have a modifier "a recently discovered" placed right after. Why is this correct? Since tiny, blind and translucent is what the species is, I believe this isn't the best way of writing this sentence.
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