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Whereas the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and cannot

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Whereas the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and cannot be retracted from the skin, because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used again.

A. because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used
B. the comparative smoothness of the yellow jacket’s stinger allows them to pull it out and then can therefore use it
C. the yellow jacket’s stinger is comparatively smooth, and can therefore be pulled out and used
D. in comparison, the yellow jacket’s stinger is smooth, and thus able to be pulled out and used
E. in comparison, the yellow jacket has a smooth stinger, thus allowing it to be pulled out and used
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Whereas the honeybee’s stinger is heavily barbed and cannot be retracted from the skin, because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used again.

A. because the yellow jacket has a comparatively smooth stinger, it is therefore able to be pulled out and used
B. the comparative smoothness of the yellow jacket’s stinger allows them to pull it out and then can therefore use it
C. the yellow jacket’s stinger is comparatively smooth, and can therefore be pulled out and used
D. in comparison, the yellow jacket’s stinger is smooth, and thus able to be pulled out and used
E. in comparison, the yellow jacket has a smooth stinger, thus allowing it to be pulled out and used

Dear mohnish104,
I'm happy to help with this one. :-)

First of all, see this blog about the idiom involved with the word "whereas":
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom ... ed-idioms/

The word "whereas" sets up a comparison between two clauses. Since the first clause involved a form of the verb "to be", we expect the second clause to have that structure, and the two items compared to be the subjects:
Whereas A is X, B is Y.
That sentence compares A to B.

The answer choices that begin with "in comparison" are totally redundant, because "whereas" already is a comparative world. Choice (D) & (E) are out.

Choice (A) has a very confused structure ---- when a sentence begins "Whereas [clause #1], ...", it sets up the expectation that an independent clause will immediate follow the comma. It is very awkward to get to the comma and find the word "because" introducing an intervening subordinate clause. Choice (A) is out.

Choice (B) seems to compare "the honeybee’s stinger" to "the comparative smoothness of the yellow jacket’s stinger" ---- not a comparison of object to object, but of object to quality of object. Furthermore, the pronoun "them" has no proper antecedent --- it appears to refer to "stinger", which is singular, but then the pronoun shouldn't be plural. Choice (B) is out.

Choice (C) constructs the comparison correctly, and has no grammatical flaws. It is sleek, elegant, and precise. It is by far the best answer.
OA = (C)

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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The first word split takes me home - the use of 'whereas' and 'in comparison' in the same sentence is redundant so eliminate D and E.

Among the remaining 3 options, we need the yellow jacket's stinger after the comma to set up the comparison correctly, thus C is the correct answer.
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