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# vaiations among or variations between?

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08 Dec 2008, 08:14
Aging

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1.Aging is a property of all animals that reach a fixed size at maturity, and the variations in life spans among different species are far greater as that among individuals from the same species: a fruit fly is ancient at 40 days, a mouse at 3 years, a horse at 30, a man at 100, and some tortoises at 150.
(A) among different species are far greater as that among individuals from
(B) among different species are far greater than that among individuals from
(C) among different species are far greater than those among individuals of
(D) between different species are far more than that between individuals of
(E) between different species are greater by far than is that between individuals

which is the correct idiom variations among or variations between?
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14 Jan 2009, 05:26
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Can anyone explain ...

"that" is singular or plural? Is it distinctive on GMAT to use 'that' for Singular object?

I thought that "variations" is abstract term so used "that" instead of "those".

"that" is used for singular object. "those" is used for plural object. "who" is used for both singular and plural objects.
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08 Dec 2008, 11:29
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08 Dec 2008, 12:30
ajaygmat016 wrote:
Aging

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1.Aging is a property of all animals that reach a fixed size at maturity, and the variations in life spans among different species are far greater as that among individuals from the same species: a fruit fly is ancient at 40 days, a mouse at 3 years, a horse at 30, a man at 100, and some tortoises at 150.
(A) among different species are far greater as that among individuals from
(B) among different species are far greater than that among individuals from
(C) among different species are far greater than those among individuals of
(D) between different species are far more than that between individuals of
(E) between different species are greater by far than is that between individuals

which is the correct idiom variations among or variations between?

C: Variations "among" and "greater than". Also required "those" not "that".
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08 Dec 2008, 21:36
the answer is C. Here among is the right choice because "among" is used when we compare 3 or more than 3 things and the usage of "that" is incorrect, we need to use "those"
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09 Dec 2008, 01:30
ajaygmat016 wrote:
Aging

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1.Aging is a property of all animals that reach a fixed size at maturity, and the variations in life spans among different species are far greater as that among individuals from the same species: a fruit fly is ancient at 40 days, a mouse at 3 years, a horse at 30, a man at 100, and some tortoises at 150.
(A) among different species are far greater as that among individuals from
(B) among different species are far greater than that among individuals from
(C) among different species are far greater than those among individuals of
(D) between different species are far more than that between individuals of
(E) between different species are greater by far than is that between individuals

which is the correct idiom variations among or variations between?

C, here species is plural or greater than 2 hence 'among' + greater than (for comparision)NOT greater as + those (for plural)
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09 Dec 2008, 21:50
ans shld be C.reasons already explained by all. Now coming to ur question:which is the correct idiom variations among or variations between?
generally speaking variations between and variations among, both are correct. Their usage depends upon if the variations are between two, then between will be used. If variations are among more than two, then among will be used. I hope I made my point clear.

ajaygmat016 wrote:
Aging

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1.Aging is a property of all animals that reach a fixed size at maturity, and the variations in life spans among different species are far greater as that among individuals from the same species: a fruit fly is ancient at 40 days, a mouse at 3 years, a horse at 30, a man at 100, and some tortoises at 150.
(A) among different species are far greater as that among individuals from
(B) among different species are far greater than that among individuals from
(C) among different species are far greater than those among individuals of
(D) between different species are far more than that between individuals of
(E) between different species are greater by far than is that between individuals

which is the correct idiom variations among or variations between?
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11 Dec 2008, 10:01
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14 Jan 2009, 01:16
Can anyone explain ...

"that" is singular or plural? Is it distinctive on GMAT to use 'that' for Singular object?

I thought that "variations" is abstract term so used "that" instead of "those".
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14 Jan 2009, 14:14
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14 Jan 2009, 22:24
scthakur wrote:
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Can anyone explain ...

"that" is singular or plural? Is it distinctive on GMAT to use 'that' for Singular object?

I thought that "variations" is abstract term so used "that" instead of "those".

"that" is used for singular object. "those" is used for plural object. "who" is used for both singular and plural objects.

Thank you for clarification
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15 Jan 2009, 10:22
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29 Jul 2010, 08:08
am still not convinced as to why 'those' is preferred over 'that'.. its variation in life span which we are comparing.. which is singular.. variations in life span in itself is wrong as per my understanding..someone please clarify
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