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Whereas the nostrils of old world monkeys always turn downwards

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Whereas the nostrils of old world monkeys always turn downwards and their tails are never prehensile, in new world monkeys nostrils face sideways and most species have tails that can grasp objects.

A. Whereas the nostrils of old world monkeys always turn downwards and their tails are never prehensile, in new world monkeys nostrils face sideways
B. Unlike old world monkeys, having nostrils that always turn downwards and tails that are never prehensile, the nostrils of new world monkeys face sidewards
C. Unlike old world monkeys, in whom nostrils always turn downwards and tails are never prehensile, new world monkeys have nostrils that face sideways
D. Unlike the downward-facing nostrils and non-prehensile tails of old world monkeys, in new world monkeys nostrils are sideward-facing
E. Whereas in old world monkeys nostrils always turn downwards and tails are never prehensile, in new world monkeys nostrils face sideways

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09 May 2015, 03:07
Correct comparison of old world monkeys to new world monkeys
In other options nostrils are compared to monkeys.
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I went with 'C'.

In option C, the Old world monkeys are compared to new world monkeys. Please help me, if i am missing something here.
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17 Nov 2015, 10:43
Naina1 wrote:
Correct comparison of old world monkeys to new world monkeys
In other options nostrils are compared to monkeys.

While this answer choice corrects the original Pronoun ambiguity and Comparison mistakes, it is grammatically incorrect. The relative pronoun whom should only be used to refer to humans but here it is used to refer to monkeys - a non-human noun!!!
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19 Nov 2015, 02:40
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Naina1 wrote:
Correct comparison of old world monkeys to new world monkeys
In other options nostrils are compared to monkeys.

While this answer choice corrects the original Pronoun ambiguity and Comparison mistakes, it is grammatically incorrect. The relative pronoun whom should only be used to refer to humans but here it is used to refer to monkeys - a non-human noun!!!

Non Human Noun!? That hurt...

-The monkey community

Jokes apart, a great lesson. But, should we restrict to using 'which' in any such case?
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19 Nov 2015, 07:26
I have a doubt:
I think who and whom (object form of who) can be used for non-humans.
E.g. "Joan Fontaine plays the mouse who married the playboy" - is that usage only restricted to literatures or I am missing something? Experts pls comment.

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25 Nov 2015, 00:50
In C i think it might be better to use whose instead of in whom
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25 Nov 2015, 18:57
Any other explanations why C is wrong?
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26 Nov 2015, 06:45
An additional problem in C is the faulty comparison of old world monkeys with what the new world monkeys have.
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26 Nov 2015, 12:51
binit, in your example "mouse" is being used metaphorically to describe a timid person. Joan Fontaine (an old movie star) never played an actual mouse. In any case, we can certainly use "who" to refer to animals if they are personified. Mickey Mouse is definitely a who! We just don't usually use it to refer to wild animals. I do, but that's because I respect animals more than most people do!

What I do not respect is this problem. I know that the phrase "in __ monkeys" can be used to mean "within this population of monkeys," but I still don't think it's good English to say "in new world monkeys nostrils face sideways." Correct GMAT SC answers may be tough and even a bit ugly at times, but they're never that poorly written. There's not even any mention of noses! As always, we're better off with official material.
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