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Unlike most other species of cat, regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way.

A. regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way

B. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so is more like a dog in that respect

C. regardless of domestication or not, the cheetah's claws are not retractable and so it more like a dog in that respect

D. domestic or wild, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way

E. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so they are more like a dog's in that respect

Originally posted by whl961210 on 16 Jan 2019, 23:42.
Last edited by Bunuel on 16 Jan 2019, 23:48, edited 1 time in total.
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17 Jan 2019, 00:54
Unlike most other species of cat, regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way.

The problem with the original structure is that "species of cat" is being compares to "claws of the cheetah"

A. regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way Wrong, as mentioned above

B. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so is more like a dog in that respect This is perfectly fine.

C. regardless of domestication or not, the cheetah's claws are not retractable and so it more like a dog in that respect Wrong, as mentioned above

D. domestic or wild, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way Wrong, as mentioned above

E. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so they are more like a dog's in that respect Cheetah is singular but the pronoun "they" is plural
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18 Jan 2019, 10:57
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Unlike most other species of cat, regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way.

A. regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way

B. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so is more like a dog in that respect

C. regardless of domestication or not, the cheetah's claws are not retractable and so it more like a dog in that respect

D. domestic or wild, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way

E. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so they are more like a dog's in that respect

Unlike X, Y ............>
Here, X and Y has to be same category.
X=Species
Y=Cheetah
So, in.....
A--> Y=claws. So wrong
B--> Y=Cheetah. Make sense
C--> Y=Claws (not Cheetah, Cheetah's=adjective). So wrong
D--> Y=Claws. So wrong
E--> Y=Cheetah. make sense.
So, only B and E are contender.
But, the problem in E is pronoun problem. "Cheetah" is not plural. So, Cheetah can't be the antecedent of "they" in E. Also, in E, 'dog's' is not a noun; it is adjective. We need a noun(dog) in E. So, B is the winner! But, B still doesn't make sense to me.
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18 Jan 2019, 11:03
Hi my honorable experts MartyMurray, DmitryFarber, ccooley, AjiteshArun, GMATNinja.
Could you explain how B is legit?
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28 Jan 2019, 17:21

Can you share what your trouble with B is? You just stated that it doesn't make sense to you, but without knowing your specific objection, I'm not sure which part of the sentence to address.
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28 Jan 2019, 18:08
DmitryFarber wrote:

Can you share what your trouble with B is? You just stated that it doesn't make sense to you, but without knowing your specific objection, I'm not sure which part of the sentence to address.

Hi DmitryFarber,
Thank you so much for your response.
Here is my analogy for choice B.
The sentence intend to mean that
1/ Cheetah and dog don't have any retractable claws
2/ Species of Cat have retractable claws.

So, we need something where X "has" and Y "does not have"
Some examples:
Like GMAT Club (X), ManhattanPrep GMAT forum (Y) does not have any kudos point.
In this example, X and Y both (don't have kudos point). --> This is not our concern.

We also can't write this sentence by the following way for the wrong use of "Like":
Like GMAT Club (X), which has kudos point, ManhattanPrep GMAT forum (Y) does not have any kudos point.
In this example, we can't show dissimilarity by the use of "like"-'Like' is used for 'similarity'. So, finally we need "Unlike".

Unlike the honeybee, the yellow jacket can sting repeatedly without dying.
This example is perfect to make sense.
Here the intended meaning says:
Yellow jacket can sting repeatedly without dying.
Honeybee can NOT (for the use of UNLIKE) sting repeatedly without dying.
----> make sense.

We can't write like the following:
Unlike the honeybee, the yellow jacket can NOT sting repeatedly without dying.
The combination of "Unlike" and "Can NOT" is totally nonsense to me at least at THIS case.
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We can't write like the following:
Unlike the honeybee, the yellow jacket can NOT sting repeatedly without dying.
The combination of "Unlike" and "Can NOT" is totally nonsense to me at least at THIS case.
These is no "rule" against combining an unlike and a not in the same sentence. The part that you mentioned in that sentence will probably be interpreted as "the honeybee can sting repeatedly, but it will die in the process".

Unlike you, I cannot run 10 kilometres without collapsing.

This just means that you can run 10 kilometres without collapsing, but I cannot.
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Exactly, AjiteshArun. AsadAbu, if we change your second GMAT Club/Manhattan example to "unlike," we'll be in the same situation as B. "Unlike GC, MPrep does not have kudos points." How is MPrep unlike GC? It has NO kudos, while GC DOES have kudos. This is a fairly common construction.
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Unlike most other species of cat, regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way.

A. regardless of being domesticated or not, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way --> "species of cat" is wrongly compared w/ "the claws of the cheetah"

B. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so is more like a dog in that respect --> correct

C. regardless of domestication or not, the cheetah's claws are not retractable and so it more like a dog in that respect--> same as A

D. domestic or wild, the claws of the cheetah are not retractable and so it is more like a dog in that way--> same as A

E. domestic or wild, the cheetah does not have retractable claws and so they are more like a dog's in that respect --> "the cheetah" is singular
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First, the sentence begins with the comparison "unlike most other species of cat," which must be completed with another species of cat. However, the comparison is completed with "the claws of the cheetah," thus creating an invalid comparison. Second, "regardless of being domesticated or not" is wordy and awkward. Third, the pronoun "it" requires a singular antecedent, yet the only available antecedent is "the claws of the cheetah," which is plural. Remember, "the claws of the cheetah" is not the same as "the cheetah" itself. Finally, "in that way" is casual and imprecise.
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) CORRECT. The comparison is completed here with "the cheetah," creating a valid comparison. The pronoun issue is resolved by eliminating the pronoun entirely.
The awkward phrase "regardless of being domesticated or not" is replaced by the more elegant "domestic or wild." And "in that way" is replaced by "in that respect," which is more appropriate to the tone of the sentence.
(C) The comparison is completed here with "the cheetah's claws," thus creating an invalid comparison. The pronoun "it" still lacks a viable singular antecedent. And the phrase "regardless of domestication or not" is no less awkward than the original phrase. This choice does, however, replace "in that way" with "in that respect."
(D) The comparison here is completed with "the claws of the cheetah," thus creating an invalid comparison. The pronoun "it" still lacks a viable singular antecedent. The casual phrase "in that way" still remains. This choice does, however, replace the awkward "regardless of being domesticated or not" with the more elegant "domestic or wild."
(E) The comparison here is completed with "the cheetah," creating a valid comparison. The awkward phrase "regardless of being domesticated or not" is replaced by "domestic or wild." However, the pronoun "it" is replaced by "they," which refers to the claws and changes the emphasis of the sentence to a comparison of the claws instead of a comparison of the animals, which was the intent of the original sentence.
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