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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Bumblebee Expert help needed. ##### This topic has 2 expert replies and 1 member reply ## Bumblebee Expert help needed. I chose 'D'-is it wrong because of the pronoun error ? Secondly if yes, GMAC has several times avoided pronoun ambiguity has an absolute rule ? Does it have any other problem? Secondly , Why is A correct the meaning states that Bumblebees live in colonies of several hundred!! I find it weird to comprehend too. Does it mean several hundred colonies ? Or does it mean the bees live in Several hundred - in the colonies? Pls help Experts Thank you in advance Attachments This post contains an attachment. You must be logged in to download/view this file. Please login or register as a user. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15254 messages Followed by: 1861 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Top Reply RBBmba@2014 wrote: GMATGuruNY wrote: NUMBER + of is not appropriate when referring AN ENTIRE CATEGORY. Incorrect: One hundred of paintings were saved. . . . Note: PLURAL NUMBER + of can refer either to a specific, known group OR to AN ENTIRE CATEGORY. Correct: THOUSANDS of paintings were saved. Mitch - One hundred and THOUSANDS are BOTH PLURAL ENTITIES. Right ? If so, then how BOTH of your above TWO quotes can be TRUE at the same time ? Where is the catch ? Please explain. Whereas two and one hundred are actual numbers, hundreds and thousands are each a synonym for MULTITUDES. Since we can say multitudes of uses, we can also say hundreds of uses or thousands of uses. But we cannot say two of uses or one hundred of uses. As noted above, ACTUAL NUMBER + of cannot serve to refer to an entire category. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. ### GMAT/MBA Expert GMAT Instructor Joined 25 May 2010 Posted: 15254 messages Followed by: 1861 members Upvotes: 13060 GMAT Score: 790 Neilsheth2 wrote: I chose 'D'-is it wrong because of the pronoun error ? Secondly if yes, GMAC has several times avoided pronoun ambiguity has an absolute rule ? Does it have any other problem? Secondly , Why is A correct the meaning states that Bumblebees live in colonies of several hundred!! I find it weird to comprehend too. Does it mean several hundred colonies ? Or does it mean the bees live in Several hundred - in the colonies? NUMBER + of is appropriate when referring to A SPECIFIC, KNOWN GROUP. Correct: A man was attacked by two of the lions at the zoo. The store sold ten of its most expensive computers. One hundred of the museum's paintings were saved. NUMBER + of is not appropriate when referring AN ENTIRE CATEGORY. Incorrect: A man was attacked by two of lions. The store sold ten of computers. One hundred of paintings were saved. When referring to an entire category, the preposition of is omitted: Correct: A man was attacked by two lions. The store sold ten computers. One hundred paintings were saved. D: Bumblebees live in colonies that have several hundred of them. Here, them seems to refer to bumblebees, conveying the following meaning: several hundred of bumblebees. Since NUMBER + of cannot serve to refer an entire category, eliminate D. The students were divided into groups of three. Conveyed meaning: Each group was composed of three students. OA: Bumblebees live in colonies of several hundred. Conveyed meaning: Each colony is composed of several hundred bumblebees. Note: PLURAL NUMBER + of can refer either to a specific, known group OR to an entire category. Correct: HUNDREDS of the museum's paintings were saved. THOUSANDS of paintings were saved. _________________ Mitch Hunt Private Tutor for the GMAT and GRE GMATGuruNY@gmail.com If you find one of my posts helpful, please take a moment to click on the "UPVOTE" icon. Available for tutoring in NYC and long-distance. For more information, please email me at GMATGuruNY@gmail.com. Student Review #1 Student Review #2 Student Review #3 Free GMAT Practice Test How can you improve your test score if you don't know your baseline score? Take a free online practice exam. Get started on achieving your dream score today! Sign up now. Legendary Member Joined 30 May 2012 Posted: 942 messages Followed by: 4 members Upvotes: 8 GMATGuruNY wrote: NUMBER + of is not appropriate when referring AN ENTIRE CATEGORY. Incorrect: One hundred of paintings were saved. . . . Note: PLURAL NUMBER + of can refer either to a specific, known group OR to AN ENTIRE CATEGORY. Correct: THOUSANDS of paintings were saved. Mitch - One hundred and THOUSANDS are BOTH PLURAL ENTITIES. Right ? If so, then how BOTH of your above TWO quotes can be TRUE at the same time ? Where is the catch ? Please explain. • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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