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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world’s social wasps, wasps living ...

Is it acceptable to have two wasps one after the other ...
Also what is the second clause ... is it a modifier or a subclause ?? ...
Im totally clueless ... someone pls help

Also can someone plz elaborate on each of the options ...

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The sentence has Pronoun issue (they and it) – Eliminate A, C, D and E

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of (they – has no clear referent – can point to so species or Yellow Jackets – Eliminate it)

B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of (Hold it)

C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all (they – has no clear referent – can point to so species or Yellow Jackets – Eliminate it)

D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
[“their” is incorrect pronoun form – require non-possessive form – eliminate it]

E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all (Sentence parallel issue – eliminate it)

Answer: B

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

(A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
(B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
(C) which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
(D) which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
(E) living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

I need the right answer and a good explanation


answer B

not c or d because the antecedent of "which" is social wasps. It's like saying -- social wasps means that they live. Doesn't really make sense.
e is no parallel
in a the use of "they consist" is not correct because it refers to wasps when it should refer to society because society consists of something not wasps consist of something

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My answer B.
A - where should refer to a place, not society
C - 'almost all females' not connected to the sentence properly. Needs 'consisting of almost all females'
D - Not parallel structure and it implies that the society is almost all females which is incorrect. Society consists of almost all females.
E - Elements 'Cooperative, Organized and it consists of' are not parallel

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species
of the world’s social wasps, wasps living in a highly
cooperative and organized society where they consist
almost entirely of
females—the queen and her sterile
female workers.

(A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and
organized society where they consist almost
entirely of

(B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and
organized society consisting almost entirely of

(C) which means they live in a highly cooperative
and organized society, almost all

(D) which means that their society is highly
cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely

(E) living in a society that is highly cooperative,
organized, and it consists of almost all

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When gmat gives you a hint then take it. Resumative modifiers are preferred.

A : "where" needs geographical location.
C,D : which does not have antecedent
E : "and it" violates the parallelism of the modifiers - highly cooperative, organized and consist

Lets look at B
B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
"wasps" is a resumative modifier which avoids confusion as "what" is being modified.

B it is.

Parallel SC.

Since the 1930's aircraft manufacturers have tried to
build airplanes with frictionless wings, shaped so
smoothly and perfectly
that the air passing over
them would not become turbulent.

(A) wings, shaped so smoothly and perfectly
(B) wings, wings so smooth and so perfectly shaped
(C) wings that are shaped so smooth and perfect
(D) wings, shaped in such a smooth and perfect manner
(E) wings, wings having been shaped smoothly and
perfectly so

Answer is B.

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that modifier in the middle is also known as an "absolute phrase" which is used to modify clauses and/or nouns. it's really versatile.

it consists of a noun + noun modifier (may include a VERBAL) but CANNOT include a "main verb."

in the case below:

wasps = [noun]
that live in a highly cooperative and organized society = [relative clause modifying wasps]
consisting almost entirely of females = [consisting is a present participle (verbal) that is used here as an adjective describing wasps]
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world'd social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females- the queen and her sterile female workers.

A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C) which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D) which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E) living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all




The correct answer is B.

My questions is why answer B starts with wasps.
Answers C, D, and E are adjective clauses describing previous sentence or wasps. But why answer B starts with wasps. Is it an appositive?

Thank you for your help:)



Lets make sentence a bit simple....

red ants number among the 900 or so species of the worlds ants, ants living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females- the X and the Y.....

C & D are outright wrong because in " which means" which would refer to ants that cannot mean anything stated later on.

E is wrong because even if "It" may refer to society it is redudant and not parallel...the sentence should have been...

living in a society that is highly cooperative and organized, consisting of almost all...

Now between A&B...

First your query....

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that immediately follows another noun. An appositive explains or defines the noun it follows and is set off by commas.

eg: Mexico City, the biggest city in the world, has many interesting archaeological sites.

Mexico City = the biggest city in the world

Appositives are always set off by commas. Another interesting aspect of appositives is that they can always be exchanged with the nouns they modify as in another example:

The altitude of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is over 12,000 feet.
The altitude of the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, is over 12,000 feet.

So clearly wasps living in a highly cooperative.....is not an appositive but a modifier clause that modifies worlds social wasps...


Now again coming back to a&b

A has a big problem....it says that they consist of....where only logical referrant to they is wasps. But we know that wasps can not consist of females but a society can....

So clearly the Answer is B...
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world'd social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females- the queen and her sterile female workers.

A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
C) which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
D) which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
E) living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

The correct answer is B.

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I am not sure if its an appositive or not, but if you check the ending of the sentence you can easily spot the answer.

In C,D which modifies wasp`s so its entirely wrong.
In A, they is confusing.
In B, society consisting ... of sounds better.

Someone explain about a+ppositive`s i am not sure what they are?
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

(A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
(B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
(C) which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
(D) which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
(E) living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

Why A is not correct in this question. OG explanation says they incorrectly referring wasps.
But in B (which is correct) that also referring wasps. so I am in ambiguity. Please Help.


A - Pronoun error. In this context, they should refer to society(singular), but this is not the case as shown in the question.
C - The wording in this option changes the meaning of the sentence. It implies because the wasps are social they live in a cooperative and organized society.
D - The following are the errors in this option
a. The meaning changes
b. Parallelism is violated - Society - cooperative, organized and (clause) - Not balanced
E - Option violates Parallelism - Society - cooperative, organized and (clause) - Not balanced

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females-the queen and her sterile female workers.

(A) wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
(B) wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
(C) which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
(D) which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
(E) living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all



A - Usage of "where" is wrong; "where" is used to indicate places or geographic regions; the correct idiom here would be "society in which"; Antecedent of 'they' is ambiguous (yellow jackets or species or social wasps or wasps)
B - Correct.
C - The subject of the sentence is "yellow jackets". The modifier explaining the society and its structure is meant to modify yellow jackets not social wasps in general. The "which" modifies social wasps.
D - The subject of the sentence is "yellow jackets". The modifier explaining the society and its structure is meant to modify yellow jackets not social wasps in general. The "which" modifies social wasps. "It" is also wrong because it breaks parallelism.
E - Antecedent of "it" is not present.

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I have chosen B for this question:

A. The use of "they" refers to wasps, but it is actually the society that consists of females, not the wasps themselves.

B. This answer choice was the clearest and most concise. The use of cooperative, organized and consisting makes the sentence parallel and accurately describes the intended meaning of the sentence.

C. "Almost all" comes after the last comma and it joined with the main clause. I'm not sure what it is supposed to modify.

D. Parallelism is broken here - cooperative, organize and it is almost entirely. This is incorrect.

E. Parallelism is broken here - cooperative, organize and it consists of almost all. Also, the verb-ing modifier "living" seems to modify the entire clause, but you only want it to modify social wasps.

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a. They - pronoun reference
b. correct
c. modification issue - almost all ... - not sure what this describes
d. and it is - does not go with the list
e. and it is - does not go with the list
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females--the queen and her sterile female worker.

A/ wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

B/ wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of

C/ which means they live in a high cooperative and organized society,almost all

D/ which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost entirely

E/ living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

please help me explain why your answer is right and how to understand its structure??!!

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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females--the queen and her sterile female worker.

A/ wasp living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

B/ wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of

C/ which means they live in a high cooperative and organized society,almost all

D/ which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost entirely

E/ living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

please help me explain why your answer is right and how to understand its structure??!!


This is an example of Noun + Noun modifier with relative pronoun that clause.
Correct choice is indeed B.
C & D are incorrect for incorrect reference of which. In E the ing modifier is modifying the entire preceding clause(wrong choice). In choice A pronoun They is not consistent with noun wasp.
I suggest you to go through the article by e-gmat - noun-noun-modifiers-before-we-start-discussing-about-the-137292.html#p1112971
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A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of---- wrong because, the reference to ---they-- is ambiguous; it could be wasps, or the 900 or so species or yellow jackets; drop it. In addition, a society is gathering and not a physical place; hence society and where cannot go together.


B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of --- a good choice using the resumptive modifier wasps that repeats an already stated noun and defines it with further info.


C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all---- wrong use of ‘which’

D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely---- same as in D

E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all --- there should be fanboy ‘and’ after cooperative, because the IC --- and it consists of ----is not part of the first list.
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Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females--the queen and her sterile female worker.

A/ wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of

B/ wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of

C/ which means they live in a high cooperative and organized society,almost all

D/ which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost entirely

E/ living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all

please help me explain why your answer is right and how to understand its structure??!!

which is not correct as it can't modify the complete cause. eliminate C and D. E has parallelism error in a list. Ex- X,Y and Z have to be in the same grammatical structure. Between A and B, A doesn't uses a restrictive clause that -> this implies that we are saying that all the 900 species live in this way. However this is incorrect the author means to talk about Yellow jacket hence we should use a restrictive element that. B wins.

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Hi there,

Let's take a look here. It looks like a modifier type question with some list (parallelism) and pronoun issues mixed in. The underlined portion of the sentence needs to describe social wasps.

Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world’s social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.

A. wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of
What does they refer to? It sounds like the wasp itself is part female and part male.

B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
This looks good.

C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
what does the "they" refer to? What does the "which" refer to?

D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
What does the "which" to? Incorrect parallelism "and it is almost entirely".

E. living in a society that is highly cooperative, organized, and it consists of almost all
Parallelism issue "it consists of almost all". You also should have "wasps" so that the sentence is more clear.

It is very helpful to replace all of your pronouns with the nouns that they are replacing.
Doing that will allow you see if the pronouns make sense. Also, make sure that the word(s) next to which make sense as words that which can refer to. Let me know if you need more advice on this.

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What does they refer to? It sounds like the wasp itself is part female and part male.


this is wrong .i dont understand where did u find "male part" in the sentence when its clearly mentioned that the society consists almost entirely of females !!!

the real reason as why A is wrong is that its the society that can consist almost entirely of females and not "the wasps" as propounded by A

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B: Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of...

Isn't this a run-on sentence?
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B: Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of...

Isn't this a run-on sentence?


Hi Genopath

B is not a run-on sentence.

Run-on error doesn't mean a long sentence, a really short sentence, however, could be run-on.

If you separate two parts in B into two sentences. The second subject would be "wasps" in general. That will changes the intended meaning.

The intended meaning is that Yellow jackets are wasps that live in................... The second part "wasps that live...." modifies the subject - Yellow jackets. Hence, we cannot put a dot between two parts.

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