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Unlike most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged warbler are very difficult to tell apart.

(A) Unlike most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged warbler are very difficult to tell apart.

(B) Unlike most warbler species, the gender of the blue-winged warbler is very difficult to distinguish.

(C) Unlike those in most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged warblers are very difficult to distinguish.

(D) It is very difficult, unlike in most warbler species, to tell the male and female blue-winged warbler apart.

(E) Blue-winged warblers are unlike most species of warbler in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

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i chose C. My approach was

Unlike "Male and female" in most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged are very difficult to distinguish....I thought "THOSE" in C refers to "MALE AND FEMALE Warblers"

Can anyone please explain why C is wrong. I went thru thread but i couldn't get much help.

I rejected E because of "IN THAT" word. I found E awkward. I know awkward is not any approach but still i couldn't understand/feel that E is right.

Excellent question! You're right that because the subject of the first clause, "those," is plural, it should logically refer to the plural subject of the subsequent clause, "the male and female blue-winged warblers." But if we substitute the referent in place of "those," we get, "Unlike the male and female blue-winged warblers in most warbler species, the male and female blue-winged warblers are very difficult to distinguish.

How can male and female blue-winged warblers be unlike themselves??? That's just nutty. So (C) is out.

Here's (E) again:

  • Blue-winged warblers are unlike most species of warbler in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

While "in that" sounds a little goofy to my ear, we never want to eliminate answer choices simply because they sound a little off. Otherwise the question writer can seduce us into selecting the wrong answer every single time by having the OA sound a funny.

In this case, "in that" is used to introduce a supporting example. How are blue-winged warblers unlike most species of warbler? In that it's difficult to tell the sexes apart. Makes sense to me.

Most importantly, don't waste brain space obsessing over esoteric constructions, such as "in that." Instead, just know that on difficult SC questions, the correct answer will sometimes sound a little strange to your ear, and this is intentional. It's why we want to use logic, meaning, and grammar to eliminate incorrect options, rather than relying on our ear.

I hope that helps!


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Could you please elaborate why D is incorrect?
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In any higher species, the male and female are two different genders although there may be hermaphrodites in lower organisms. Only when it is a hermaphrodite, can we call it a male and female warbler (similar to the she-males we have in humans). Then the purpose of the comparison itself becomes silly because there is now no need to tell apart the male from the female.
D is wrong for using the singular 'warbler' rather than the plural 'warblers.'
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In any higher species, the male and female are two different genders although there may be hermaphrodites in lower organisms. Only when it is a hermaphrodite, can we call it a male and female warbler (similar to the she-males we have in humans). Then the purpose of the comparison itself becomes silly because there is now no need to tell apart the male from the female.
D is wrong for using the singular 'warbler' rather than the plural 'warblers.'
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Based on the philosophy that "male and female warbler" represents hermaphrodites, wouldn't E be wrong as well?

(E) Blue-winged warblers are unlike most species of warbler in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.
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Where is the single word 'male and female blue-winged warbler' in E?
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GMATNinja daagh egmat Mikemcgarry sayantanc2k chetan2u

In option E.

"in that" follows most other species.
I took a few seconds there to see if the placement of in that is right.
There is another similar OFFICIAL QUESTION where in that is placed right after the noun it is supposed to modify " the blue diamonds".
Here "in that" follows most other species. Isn't this misleading?

Though I went for E. I want to clarify my doubts.

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E) Blue-winged warblers are unlike most species of warbler in that it is very difficult to tell the male and female apart.

'In that' means in as much as, because etc. and wants explain the previous statement. Therefore, it just refers to the blue-winged warblers and not the most other species. It is a connector.

If it were to refer to 'most other species,' what follows 'in that' is antithetical.
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I am still unsure why is D incorrect
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A compares ‘most warbler species’ to ‘the male and female …’ wrong
B compares ‘most warbler species’ to ‘the gender…’ Wrong
C ‘those’ has no referent.
D same issue as B

E is the right answer, then
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