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Author:  gmatkillerdude [ 13 Oct 2018, 08:08 ]
Post subject:  It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spooked by gunfire or shell detonations which, together with their hardiness, made them ideal for desert warfare.

A in contrast to horses',

B unlike horses,

C as contrasted with horses,

D unlike in case of horses

E opposed to horses,

Source: Manhattan Review

Author:  yenbh [ 17 Oct 2018, 06:36 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

gmatkillerdude wrote:
It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spooked by gunfire or shell detonations which, together with their hardiness, made them ideal for desert warfare.

A in contrast to horses',
B unlike horses,
C as contrasted with horses,
D unlike in case of horses
E opposed to horses,


Camels are compared with horses —> the correct answer should clearly indicate this

Answer choice analysis:
A in contrast to horses',
—> camels vs horses’ : Incorrect comparison —> Eliminate

B unlike horses,
—> Correct. Common structure: Unlike X, Y

C as contrasted with horses,
—> ‘As contrasted with’ is incorrect idiom to present contrast —> Eliminate

D unlike in case of horses
—> Camels vs in case of horses: Incorrect comparison —> Eliminate

E opposed to horses
—> Idiom error —> Eliminate

Hence, B is the correct answer

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks!

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Author:  eswarchethu135 [ 17 Oct 2018, 18:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

Camels are compared with horses. So whenever a comparison is made, "Unlike" aptly plays the role of comparison than any other comparative forms. So it must be option B. Also in all other the options comparisons are not properly done with horses.

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Author:  AliciaSierra [ 01 Jan 2019, 17:19 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

Official Explanation:

Because of its apostrophe, horses' is not parallel to camels. The correct phrase should be in contrast to horses.


Meaning of the sentence: The intent of the sentence is to contrast camels with horses. Correct idioms for such a contrast include x, in contrast to y;
x, in contrast with y;
and x, unlike y.

In all these idioms, x and y must be grammatically and logically parallel. As contrasted with is not a correct idiom.

Author:  mivas [ 20 Nov 2021, 05:49 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

This is the first example I came across which has x, unlike y rather than unlike x , y.

Is this usage valid on gmat? VeritasKarishma

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Author:  ExpertsGlobal5 [ 21 Nov 2021, 03:57 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

mivas wrote:
This is the first example I came across which has x, unlike y rather than unlike x , y.

Is this usage valid on gmat? VeritasKarishma

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Hello mivas,

We hope this finds you well.

To answer your question, the "x, unlike y" construction is perfectly valid on the GMAT and means the same thing as "unlike x , y".

We hope this helps.
All the best!
Experts' Global Team

Author:  KarishmaB [ 21 Nov 2021, 21:45 ]
Post subject:  Re: It was found that camels, in contrast to horses', are not easily spook

mivas wrote:
This is the first example I came across which has x, unlike y rather than unlike x , y.

Is this usage valid on gmat? VeritasKarishma

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Yes it is. Most of what you find in high quality printed material today will be acceptable in GMAT too.
The more colloquial usage will be less preferable but one shouldn't eliminate an option based on that.

In any case, there is no material distinction between "unlike x, y ..." and "y, unlike x,..."

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