GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

It is currently 10 Dec 2018, 07:52

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel
Events & Promotions in December
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
2526272829301
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
303112345
Open Detailed Calendar
  • Free lesson on number properties

     December 10, 2018

     December 10, 2018

     10:00 PM PST

     11:00 PM PST

    Practice the one most important Quant section - Integer properties, and rapidly improve your skills.
  • Free GMAT Prep Hour

     December 11, 2018

     December 11, 2018

     09:00 PM EST

     10:00 PM EST

    Strategies and techniques for approaching featured GMAT topics. December 11 at 9 PM EST.

While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
TAGS:

Hide Tags

Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Aug 2009
Posts: 7097
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Dec 2015, 08:00
1
1
sytabish wrote:
Hi daagh,

There is no 'than' for 'much larger' here. My concern is whether we can skip the 'than' when we are using comparison signal 'much larger' or 'much smaller' . Is it allowed on GMAT?
Please help me with clarification.

Thanks!


Hi,
it is fine..
if you look at the statement, it is not comparing it with some thing else...
it says that the bird looks much larger than what it is actually....
example ..
the model of the car looks much smarter from sides...
it is compaaring with itself and this is what is being said about this bird..
it appears bigger when it opens its wing..
_________________

1) Absolute modulus : http://gmatclub.com/forum/absolute-modulus-a-better-understanding-210849.html#p1622372
2)Combination of similar and dissimilar things : http://gmatclub.com/forum/topic215915.html
3) effects of arithmetic operations : https://gmatclub.com/forum/effects-of-arithmetic-operations-on-fractions-269413.html


GMAT online Tutor

Manager
Manager
User avatar
Joined: 12 Jan 2015
Posts: 199
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 May 2016, 23:07
Hi Experts / chetan2u / VeritasPrepKarishma ,

I opted for D because this option tries to maintain the original meaning "Birds look similar when SITTING on branch" .But if I talk about option E, in this option "Birds look similar when they are on a branch".

So, option E slightly changes the meaning. Therefore I opted option D.

Can you please provide strong reason to eliminate D.

Please assist,
Thanks and Regards,
Prakhar
_________________

Thanks and Regards,
Prakhar

Math Expert
User avatar
V
Joined: 02 Aug 2009
Posts: 7097
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 13 May 2016, 23:35
1
PrakharGMAT wrote:
Hi Experts / chetan2u / VeritasPrepKarishma ,

I opted for D because this option tries to maintain the original meaning "Birds look similar when SITTING on branch" .But if I talk about option E, in this option "Birds look similar when they are on a branch".

So, option E slightly changes the meaning. Therefore I opted option D.

Can you please provide strong reason to eliminate D.

Please assist,
Thanks and Regards,
Prakhar



hi PrakharGMAT,

lets look at D..

appear equal in size to each other when they are sitting on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan

'each other' is redundant and also changes the meaning slightly..
It seems that they look equal to each other.. that is when they are sitting on branch, EACH sees the OTHER equal to itself..
Ofcourse thats illogical, it appears to others, so EACH other should be removed..
_________________

1) Absolute modulus : http://gmatclub.com/forum/absolute-modulus-a-better-understanding-210849.html#p1622372
2)Combination of similar and dissimilar things : http://gmatclub.com/forum/topic215915.html
3) effects of arithmetic operations : https://gmatclub.com/forum/effects-of-arithmetic-operations-on-fractions-269413.html


GMAT online Tutor

Director
Director
avatar
S
Joined: 08 Jun 2010
Posts: 874
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 14 May 2016, 19:15
fozzzy wrote:
While the Eastern Whip-poor-will -–a nocturnal bird that feeds mostly in the very early morning–- and the Common Nighthawk –-a nocturnal bird from the same family that, despite its name, feeds mostly during the morning and evening–- appear equal in size to each other when sitting on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger due to its greater wingspan.

1 appear equal in size to each other when sitting on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger due to its greater wingspan.
2 appear equal in size to one another when sitting on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger due to its greater wingspan.
3 appear equal in size when sitting on a branch or in a nest; in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.
4 appear equal in size to each other when they are sitting on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan
5 appear equal in size when they are seen on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.

Please explain! Thanks


structural errors are no problem to us because they are rules.
meaning errors are a problem to us. in analysing meaning errors we focus on
- illogic meaning
- unclear meaning
- not close meaning
- redundant meaning

if we can eliminate those kinds of meaning errors, our writen sentence become clear and concise and this is what gmat want from us.

comming back to this problem.

we see redundant meaning in "equal in each other", eliminate A,B,D.
structural errors in choice c is grammar rule , too easy.
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
P
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 8656
Location: Pune, India
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 15 May 2016, 21:35
PrakharGMAT wrote:
Hi Experts / chetan2u / VeritasPrepKarishma ,

I opted for D because this option tries to maintain the original meaning "Birds look similar when SITTING on branch" .But if I talk about option E, in this option "Birds look similar when they are on a branch".

So, option E slightly changes the meaning. Therefore I opted option D.

Can you please provide strong reason to eliminate D.

Please assist,
Thanks and Regards,
Prakhar


Here is the thing about original meaning - it doesn't exist. Note that option (A) is in no way superior to other 4 options. The probability of option (A) being correct is 20% only. The distinction is not "original meaning" vs "altered meaning"; it is "logical" vs "illogical" meaning.

In option (A) and (D), "...equal in size to each other..." is somewhat illogical. For an onlooker, two things could be equal in size. They are not equal in size to each other.
On the other hand, you can say that when they stood side by side, they found that they were equal in height to each other... etc.

So you need to find the logically correct sentence. Option (E) is more appropriate because they appear equal in size to the onlookers.
_________________

[b]Karishma
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor

Learn more about how Veritas Prep can help you achieve a great GMAT score by checking out their GMAT Prep Options >

Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 19 Jan 2016
Posts: 36
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 29 Sep 2016, 21:58
Hi,

Can someone please elaborate how C was eliminated ? I've read the Explainations given above,
but I still don't understand how in C the 1st part is incomplete or the 2 clauses aren't independent.
Retired Moderator
User avatar
S
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 2965
Location: Germany
Schools: German MBA
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member Reviews Badge
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 01 Oct 2016, 03:28
anuj11 wrote:
Hi,

Can someone please elaborate how C was eliminated ? I've read the Explainations given above,
but I still don't understand how in C the 1st part is incomplete or the 2 clauses aren't independent.


First part (removing the modifiers):
While the Eastern Whip-poor-will -–a nocturnal bird that feeds mostly in the very early morning–- and the Common Nighthawk –-a nocturnal bird from the same family that, despite its name, feeds mostly during the morning and evening–- appear equal in size when sitting on a branch or in a nest;

The structure is: While X and Y appear equal in size; .... there is no independent clause before the semicolon. ( A semicolon must separate two independent clauses.)

[The only independent clause of the sentence comes AFTER the semicolon:
in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.]
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 24 Jan 2017
Posts: 1
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Mar 2017, 21:50
1
kindly explain why option 3 is incorrect
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
P
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 8656
Location: Pune, India
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Mar 2017, 03:52
smita17.sp@gmail.com wrote:
kindly explain why option 3 is incorrect



While the Eastern Whip-poor-will -–a nocturnal bird that feeds mostly in the very early morning–- and the Common Nighthawk –-a nocturnal bird from the same family that, despite its name, feeds mostly during the morning and evening–- appear equal in size when sitting on a branch or in a nest; in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.

Note the structure of the sentence:

While E and C appear equal in size when sitting on a branch; C appears much larger ...

So what we have here is a subordinate clause (starting with "While") and an independent clause. You cannot combine the two with a semi colon.
To use a semi colon, you must have two independent clauses.
_________________

[b]Karishma
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor

Learn more about how Veritas Prep can help you achieve a great GMAT score by checking out their GMAT Prep Options >

Manager
Manager
avatar
S
Joined: 15 Jun 2016
Posts: 80
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Mar 2017, 09:45
Hello expert,

I understand that option 'e' is correct, but as this options has the usage of 'each other' and 'one another' , could you please explain the difference between "appear equal to one another" and "appear equal to each other" in context of this question.
Retired Moderator
User avatar
S
Joined: 14 Dec 2013
Posts: 2965
Location: Germany
Schools: German MBA
GMAT 1: 780 Q50 V47
WE: Corporate Finance (Pharmaceuticals and Biotech)
GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member Reviews Badge
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 06 Mar 2017, 09:55
VKat wrote:
Hello expert,

I understand that option 'e' is correct, but as this options has the usage of 'each other' and 'one another' , could you please explain the difference between "appear equal to one another" and "appear equal to each other" in context of this question.


"Each other" and "one another" are interchangeable, though on this context they do not make sense. The phrase implies that bird A appears equal to bird B, and bird B appears equal to bird A.
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 31 Dec 2016
Posts: 74
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Aug 2017, 16:59
dave785 wrote:
It's a meaning question.

Do the birds look at each other, and think they're the same size? no... that rules out ABC and D.


I doubt anyone reading the passage would think the birds are comparing their size to the other bird. This would imply the reader is personifying the birds which readers are very very very very unlikely to do. Kind of a stupid question for that reason. The passage gives us no indicating that the birds are being personified. I don't think there is very much between, D & E. C has a pretty tricky semicolon which Karishma pointed out above has no independent clause.
Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 30 Jun 2017
Posts: 18
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Aug 2017, 21:54
Great question.

Option A,B and D can easily be eliminated. (appear equal in size to each other is redundant).

We are left with C and E.

C makes the mistake of using a semi colon, while the first half of the sentence is clearly dependent on this clause.

Slash and burn - while they appear equal in size on branch and in nest, in air they appear unequal.

This leaves us with the correct option E.

Hope my reasoning was satisfying!
Manager
Manager
avatar
B
Joined: 05 Dec 2014
Posts: 199
Location: India
GMAT 1: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.54
CAT Tests
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 25 Oct 2017, 07:45
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
PiyushK wrote:
Although E conveys best meaning, E is not 100% correct. A prepositional phrase is placed between two clauses and such construction is technically ambiguous. phrase is eligible to modify any clause.

Subordinate clause, prepositional phrase, main clause.


While is a subordinate conjunction connecting a subordinate clause with the main clause.

While Sub Clause, Main Clause.

While the Eastern and the Common appear equal in size when they are seen on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.

For more on conjunctions, check:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2014/06 ... -the-gmat/


Hi Karishma,
Option E changes the meaning as it says that the birds appear equal in size when they are seen in branches or in nests, whereas the original sentence says that the birds appear equal in size when they are sitting(not seen) in branches or in nests. Please clarify
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor
User avatar
P
Joined: 16 Oct 2010
Posts: 8656
Location: Pune, India
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 26 Oct 2017, 04:38
sunny91 wrote:
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
PiyushK wrote:
Although E conveys best meaning, E is not 100% correct. A prepositional phrase is placed between two clauses and such construction is technically ambiguous. phrase is eligible to modify any clause.

Subordinate clause, prepositional phrase, main clause.


While is a subordinate conjunction connecting a subordinate clause with the main clause.

While Sub Clause, Main Clause.

While the Eastern and the Common appear equal in size when they are seen on a branch or in a nest, in the air, the Common Nighthawk appears much larger because of its greater wingspan.

For more on conjunctions, check:
http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2014/06 ... -the-gmat/


Hi Karishma,
Option E changes the meaning as it says that the birds appear equal in size when they are seen in branches or in nests, whereas the original sentence says that the birds appear equal in size when they are sitting(not seen) in branches or in nests. Please clarify


These are just two different ways of saying the same thing. There is no right or wrong meaning, no original or changed meaning. There is nothing that says that option (A) gives the original meaning. When we say error of "accuracy in meaning", we mean that it should be logical. It should not become senseless.
_________________

[b]Karishma
Veritas Prep GMAT Instructor

Learn more about how Veritas Prep can help you achieve a great GMAT score by checking out their GMAT Prep Options >

Manager
Manager
avatar
S
Joined: 24 Sep 2018
Posts: 138
Premium Member CAT Tests
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 22 Oct 2018, 19:54
Veritas Prep Official Explanation:

Explanation: The first thing to do on this problem is to get rid of all the garbage by using the slash and burn technique. The sentence starts with lots of unnecessary information and should be read like this: “While the two birds appear...” After simplifying that, the easiest answer to eliminate is (C). You cannot start a sentence with “While the two birds appear...” and then have a semicolon. When a semi-colon is used in a sentence like this, each portion on either side of the semi-colon must be a stand-alone sentence. In (A), (B), and (D) there appears to be a choice between “each other” and “one another” but that is a false decision point. “Each other” is used when there are two distinct entities or groups and “one another” is used when there are multiple entities or groups. It is unclear and unimportant in this sentence whether many birds are being referred to or each group of birds distinctly. The big problem in (A), (B) and (D) is the meaning: in those three sentences, the language infers that the birds only look this way to each other/one another when they are in certain situations. From the end of the sentence, it is clear that the goal of the sentence is to show the difference in how they look to anyone/anything when they are sitting on a branch or a nest vs. in the air. Also, in (A) and (B) “due to” is incorrect: when you are answering the question why, you should use “because” or a proper synonym. “Due to” means attributable to and can only be used with a linking verb: for instance, “x is “due to” y”. Correct answer is (E). The birds appear equal in size when they are seen (not when they are looking at each other/ one another) by anyone and in the air one appears larger “because” of its wingspan.
_________________

Please award :thumbup: kudos, If this post helped you in someway. :student_man:

Intern
Intern
avatar
B
Joined: 04 Apr 2018
Posts: 21
CAT Tests
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds  [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 09 Nov 2018, 07:34
AbhinavBankhwal wrote:
Great question.

Option A,B and D can easily be eliminated. (appear equal in size to each other is redundant).

We are left with C and E.

C makes the mistake of using a semi colon, while the first half of the sentence is clearly dependent on this clause.

Slash and burn - while they appear equal in size on branch and in nest, in air they appear unequal.

This leaves us with the correct option E.

Hope my reasoning was satisfying!


I agree that this is the fastest and most compelling way to answer this question!
But after reading all of the answers here, I don't understand why the experts haven't addressed this topic.
VeritasKarishma - may you please help?
GMAT Club Bot
Re: While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds &nbs [#permalink] 09 Nov 2018, 07:34

Go to page   Previous    1   2   [ 37 posts ] 

Display posts from previous: Sort by

While the Eastern Whip-poor-will a nocturnal bird that feeds

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


Copyright

GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.