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# Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled

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Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.

A. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.
B. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the gender of the speckled Red Grinder is very difficult to distinguish.
C. Unlike those in most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinders are very difficult to distinguish.
D. It is very difficult, unlike in most Grinder species, to tell the male and female speckled Red Grinder apart.
E. Speckled Red Grinders are unlike most species of Red Grinder in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

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09 Jan 2018, 13:22
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Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.

A. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.
B. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the gender of the speckled Red Grinder is very difficult to distinguish.
C. Unlike those in most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinders are very difficult to distinguish.
D. It is very difficult, unlike in most Grinder species, to tell the male and female speckled Red Grinder apart.
E. Speckled Red Grinders are unlike most species of Red Grinder in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

Hi,

The speckled Red grinder (a particular species of the Red Grinder)is compared with other Red Grinder species.
This particular species is different from the other species because in this species it is hard to distinguish b/w male and female.

A has an comparison error. Species must be compared to species not to male and female of a species.
B again has an comparison error.
C those is plural and seems to refer to male and female .
Unlike male and female in X , the male and female Y are very difficult to distinguish.
In is missing before Y. not parallel.
Also unlike must be followed by noun not a phrase. hence it's wrong----can someone confirm this
D. again unlike in is a phrase.
Comparison between species is correct.
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09 Jan 2018, 13:24
Hi I posted an answer for this .But I am not sure about the reason I chose for cancelling option D i.e unlike shouldn't be followed by a phrase .
Can someone see if my explanation is correct.
Any help will be highly appreciated.
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09 Jan 2018, 18:54
It should be of form UNLIKE X,Y and only option A shows it clearly

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10 Jan 2018, 07:20
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Hi I posted an answer for this .But I am not sure about the reason I chose for cancelling option D i.e unlike shouldn't be followed by a phrase .
Can someone see if my explanation is correct.
Any help will be highly appreciated.
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Not entirely correct - a phrase CAN follow "unlike":
"Like" (/"unlike") is a preposition and hence only a noun or a noun phrase can follow "like" (/"unlike").

A prepositional phrase however cannot follow another preposition. Hence "unlike in most Grinder species....." is incorrect.
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05 Feb 2018, 10:57
Could anyone please elaborate further on why E is right and why all the other options are wrong? Honestly I don't even know where to start with this one.
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06 Feb 2018, 10:04
HI

the parallelism in C seems to be the correct one. Also it is C in many forums as well.

Kindly recheck.

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12 Feb 2018, 13:12
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Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.

A. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.
--Incorrect comparison

B. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the gender of the speckled Red Grinder is very difficult to distinguish.
--Incorrect comparison

C. Unlike those in most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinders are very difficult to distinguish.
--Those refers to "male and female speckled Red Grinders" and NOT TO "male and female". Had the sentence been "Unlike those in ....., the male and female IN ....", the sentence would have been correct.

D. It is very difficult, unlike in most Grinder species, to tell the male and female speckled Red Grinder apart.
--Information present in between the 2 commas becomes non-essential.

E. Speckled Red Grinders are unlike most species of Red Grinder in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.
--Correct. The comparison is correct i.e. between species
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13 Feb 2018, 07:33
it is always safe to study SC questions with official resources

option "E" is still flawed, and is not GMAT okay

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13 Feb 2018, 08:55
Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.

A. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.- Incorrect, species compared with gender of other species
B. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the gender of the speckled Red Grinder is very difficult to distinguish. Incorrect, species compared with gender of other species
C. Unlike those in most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinders are very difficult to distinguish. Incorrect comparison
D. It is very difficult, unlike in most Grinder species, to tell the male and female speckled Red Grinder apart. - Contrast is missing
E. Speckled Red Grinders are unlike most species of Red Grinder in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart. - Correct

In comparison questions, most important part is to compare 2 logical entities - Apple to Apple, Species to Species, etc.

In E, the comparison is between 2 species, which is logical and hence is the correct answer.

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23 May 2018, 03:22
This question is a rip off from the original question Gmat paper test. The variant is discussed here : https://gmatclub.com/forum/unlike-most- ... 01083.html
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24 Jan 2019, 04:31
Option A incorrectly compares “Red Grinder species” to “the male and female…”. B incorrectly compares “Red Grinder species” to “the gender…”. C has a broken //, it compares ‘those in…” to “the male and female…”. “unlike in” is unidiomatic, so Option D is not correct.

Thus, E is the right answer.
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24 Jan 2019, 05:38
This is how I interpreted the statement - the gender of speckled Red Grinder is difficult to tell apart unlike most red grinder species.

And I thought B perfectly kept the meaning of the statement.

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26 Jan 2019, 21:45
Rahul5843 wrote:
Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.

A. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinder are very difficult to tell apart.
B. Unlike most Red Grinder species, the gender of the speckled Red Grinder is very difficult to distinguish.
C. Unlike those in most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled Red Grinders are very difficult to distinguish.
D. It is very difficult, unlike in most Grinder species, to tell the male and female speckled Red Grinder apart.
E. Speckled Red Grinders are unlike most species of Red Grinder in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

Hi,

The speckled Red grinder (a particular species of the Red Grinder)is compared with other Red Grinder species.
This particular species is different from the other species because in this species it is hard to distinguish b/w male and female.

A has an comparison error. Species must be compared to species not to male and female of a species.
B again has an comparison error.
C those is plural and seems to refer to male and female .
Unlike male and female in X , the male and female Y are very difficult to distinguish.
In is missing before Y. not parallel.
Also unlike must be followed by noun not a phrase. hence it's wrong----can someone confirm this
D. again unlike in is a phrase.
Comparison between species is correct.

Yes, similar to "like", "unlike" is followed by a noun, pronoun or noun phrase only. The ones in option C and D are prepositional phrases.
Re: Unlike most Red Grinder species, the male and female speckled   [#permalink] 26 Jan 2019, 21:45
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