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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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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'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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Between (A) and (B), will go with (B).

(A) - ... world's social wasps, wasps living in a highly cooperative and organized society where they consist almost entirely of females ... "where" does not do well to qualify the organized society, if that's what it was there for.

(B) - ... wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of females ... - cooperative and organized society consising almost entirely ... is a more appropriate usage.
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I would have chosen B here because E seemed weird but to be honest I have no idea about this construction :

Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps

where is the verb ? I mean I dont understand at all this structure ? Can someone explain a little more... :oops:
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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


9 out of 10 times, "which means" is not correct because it's meant to modify a phrase in front of it; whereas, "which" should be used to modify a noun/ pronoun. --> C and D out

We need "and" in between "cooperative" and "organized" . "it" has no specific antecedent --> E is out

"consist almost entirely of" is of "society" rather than of "wasps" --> A is out

I'm in for B.
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Explanations plz ...

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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 ...

Thanks in advance
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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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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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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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herrgrau wrote : 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.


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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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?


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 females — the queen and her sterile female workers.

If you remove the additional words from the full sentence of option B, you will find the simpler form of the sentence as -

Yellow jackets number among the 900 species of the social wasps, wasps that live in a cooperative society.

Here the first part is an independent clause. The second part, the part after comma, is a description of the wasps and this part is not an independent clause. Hence the sentence in not a run on one.
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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?

A run-on sentence is when two independent clauses are connected by a comma. Here, wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of... is not independent clause (in fact, it is not a clause at all; it is a phrase).

This kind of contruct is very common on GMAT (because it is not intuitive and is never used in verbal communication). A lot of questions test you on this and you would be well advised to make yourself comfortable. Following are a couple of sentences in OG that use this construct (I have put the correct option in bold and italicized the absolute modifier):

Scientists have observed large concentrations of heavy-metal deposits in the upper twenty centimeters of Baltic Sea sediments, which are consistent with the growth of industrial activity there.
(A) Baltic Sea sediments, which are consistent with the growth of industrial activity there
(B) Baltic Sea sediments, where the growth of industrial activity is consistent with these findings
(C) Baltic Sea sediments, findings consistent with its growth of industrial activity
(D) sediments from the Baltic Sea, findings consistent with the growth of industrial activity in the area
(E) sediments from the Baltic Sea, consistent with the growth of industrial activity there

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Floating in the waters of the equatorial Pacific, an array of buoys collects and transmits data on long-term interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, interactions that affect global climate.
A. atmosphere, interactions that affect
B. atmosphere, with interactions affecting
C. atmosphere that affects
D. atmosphere that is affecting
E. atmosphere as affects

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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
"Where" modifies actual place and not the metaphorical place such as Society.
B. wasps that live in a highly cooperative and organized society consisting almost entirely of
"that" correctly modifies wasps, consisting correctly modifies society. Hence correct !
C. which means they live in a highly cooperative and organized society, almost all
Which means => what means????? Which cannot refer to idea stated in preceding clause for that purpose we have an absolute phrase
D. which means that their society is highly cooperative, organized, and it is almost entirely
Same as (C).
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 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 am confused about this structure, having 2 questions:

1. The second clause modifies the proceeding noun 'SOCIAL WASPS'. So why is 'wasps', in the second clause, repeated instead of using relative clause or present participial?

2. Is it right to rewrite the sentence as 'Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, living in a highly cooperative and organized society and consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.' ?

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I am confused about this structure, having 2 questions:

1. The second clause modifies the proceeding noun 'SOCIAL WASPS'. So why is 'wasps', in the second clause, repeated instead of using relative clause or present participial?

2. Is it right to rewrite the sentence as 'Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, living in a highly cooperative and organized society and consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.' ?

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Please find my answers below:-

1. The second clause could also modify yellow jackets, since yellow jackets is the subject of the first clause. So,wasps is required.

2. It is correct if you want living to modify yellow jackets.
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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 am confused about this structure, having 2 questions:

1. The second clause modifies the proceeding noun 'SOCIAL WASPS'. So why is 'wasps', in the second clause, repeated instead of using relative clause or present participial?

2. Is it right to rewrite the sentence as 'Yellow jackets number among the 900 or so species of the world's social wasps, living in a highly cooperative and organized society and consist almost entirely of females—the queen and her sterile female workers.' ?

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Why does the correct answer use "that" here? I do not categorize this as an essential information. Do you?
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Hi Reto,

In C and D we have wrong usage of "which".

In E there is no parallelism.

In A.. "society" is an imaginary place and using "where" for it is wrong.

In B.. "that" refers to the "wasps" which also serves as the subject. consisting(verbing) rightly modifies the preceding noun "society". So B it is.

Can you put forth your reasoning more elaborately so all can benefit from it?

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