• NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    NEW! FREE Beat The GMAT Quizzes
    Hundreds of Questions Highly Detailed Reporting Expert Explanations TAKE A FREE GMAT QUIZ
  • 7 CATs FREE!
    If you earn 100 Forum Points

    Engage in the Beat The GMAT forums to earn
    100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE

    Veritas Prep
    VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS
    Earn 10 Points Per Post
    Earn 10 Points Per Thanks
    Earn 10 Points Per Upvote
    REDEEM NOW

Fossils of feathered dinosaurs - GMAT prep Exam pack 1

This topic has 2 expert replies and 3 member replies

Fossils of feathered dinosaurs - GMAT prep Exam pack 1

Post
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

1. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
2. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
3. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
4. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
5. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag

GMAT/MBA Expert

Top Reply
Post
gui_guimaraes wrote:
What about the split 'offer' vs 'have offered'? Is it a red herring? Tks!
A general truth is something that is true not just at a particular moment but is true IN GENERAL.
Mary plays the saxophone.
Here, the portion in blue expresses a general truth about Mary.
To express a GENERAL TRUTH, we use the simple present tense.

The SC above is intended to express a general truth about the fossils unearthed in China:
They OFFER the most dramatic evidence yet discovered.
For this reason, the simple present tense (offer) seems preferable to the present perfect (have offered).

_________________
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

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
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

Top Reply
Post
Quote:
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
It is illogical to compare a group MEMBER to the ENTIRE GROUP.
Incorrect: John is stronger than any of the boys in his class.
Since John is one of the boys in his class, the sentence above implies that John is stronger than HIMSELF -- an illogical comparison.
Correct: John is stronger than any of the OTHER boys in his class.

B: evidence more dramatic that what has yet been discovered
C: more dramatic evidence than any yet discovered
E: more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered
Since the phrases in red refer to ALL evidence discovered thus far -- INCLUDING the dramatic evidence offered by fossils unearthed in China -- B, C and E illogically compare the evidence offered by the fossils to ITSELF.
Eliminate B, C and E.

In D, that have yet been discovered seems to be modifying birds (or perhaps dinosaurs and birds).
Not the intended meaning.
The intention here is to discuss EVIDENCE that has been discovered.

The correct answer is A.

_________________
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

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
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.
Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts
Joined
13 Mar 2015
Posted:
410 messages
Followed by:
7 members
Upvotes:
120
GMAT Score:
770
Post
prata wrote:
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

1. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
2. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
3. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
4. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
5. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
Let us look at the meaning of the sentence.
It says that the fossils discovered are the most dramatic evidence. Hence we need a superlative degree here.

Therefore we can eliminate options 2, 3 and 5

Out of 1 and 4, in 4 "that" incorrectly points towards birds instead of fossils.

Correct Option: 1

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
Joined
20 Feb 2017
Posted:
17 messages
Facebook Logo
Post
I feel "that" should ideally modify evidence rather than fossils. As modifier "discovered" modifies evidence. Please correct me if I am wrong.


OptimusPrep wrote:
prata wrote:
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

1. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
2. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
3. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
4. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
5. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
Let us look at the meaning of the sentence.
It says that the fossils discovered are the most dramatic evidence. Hence we need a superlative degree here.

Therefore we can eliminate options 2, 3 and 5

Out of 1 and 4, in 4 "that" incorrectly points towards birds instead of fossils.

Correct Option: 1

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
Joined
17 Dec 2015
Posted:
21 messages
Post
GMATGuruNY wrote:
Quote:
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
It is illogical to compare a group MEMBER to the ENTIRE GROUP.
Incorrect: John is stronger than any of the boys in his class.
Since John is one of the boys in his class, the sentence above implies that John is stronger than HIMSELF -- an illogical comparison.
Correct: John is stronger than any of the OTHER boys in his class.

B: evidence more dramatic that what has yet been discovered
C: more dramatic evidence than any yet discovered
E: more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered
Since the phrases in red refer to ALL evidence discovered thus far -- INCLUDING the dramatic evidence offered by fossils unearthed in China -- B, C and E illogically compare the evidence offered by the fossils to ITSELF.
Eliminate B, C and E.

In D, that have yet been discovered seems to be modifying birds (or perhaps dinosaurs and birds).
Not the intended meaning.
The intention here is to discuss EVIDENCE that has been discovered.

The correct answer is A.
What about the split 'offer' vs 'have offered'? Is it a red herring? Tks!

  • +1 Upvote Post
  • Quote
  • Flag
  • The Princeton Review
    FREE GMAT Exam
    Know how you'd score today for $0

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    The Princeton Review
  • Varsity Tutors
    Award-winning private GMAT tutoring
    Register now and save up to $200

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Varsity Tutors
  • Magoosh
    Magoosh
    Study with Magoosh GMAT prep

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Magoosh
  • Target Test Prep
    5-Day Free Trial
    5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Target Test Prep
  • e-gmat Exclusive Offer
    Get 300+ Practice Questions
    25 Video lessons and 6 Webinars for FREE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    e-gmat Exclusive Offer
  • Veritas Prep
    Free Veritas GMAT Class
    Experience Lesson 1 Live Free

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Veritas Prep
  • PrepScholar GMAT
    5 Day FREE Trial
    Study Smarter, Not Harder

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    PrepScholar GMAT
  • Kaplan Test Prep
    Free Practice Test & Review
    How would you score if you took the GMAT

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Kaplan Test Prep
  • EMPOWERgmat Slider
    1 Hour Free
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    EMPOWERgmat Slider
  • Economist Test Prep
    Free Trial & Practice Exam
    BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE

    Available with Beat the GMAT members only code

    MORE DETAILS
    Economist Test Prep

Top First Responders*

1 Ian Stewart 57 first replies
2 Brent@GMATPrepNow 31 first replies
3 Jay@ManhattanReview 29 first replies
4 GMATGuruNY 20 first replies
5 ceilidh.erickson 15 first replies
* Only counts replies to topics started in last 30 days
See More Top Beat The GMAT Members

Most Active Experts

1 image description Scott@TargetTestPrep

Target Test Prep

211 posts
2 image description Max@Math Revolution

Math Revolution

88 posts
3 image description Brent@GMATPrepNow

GMAT Prep Now Teacher

70 posts
4 image description Ian Stewart

GMATiX Teacher

65 posts
5 image description GMATGuruNY

The Princeton Review Teacher

39 posts
See More Top Beat The GMAT Experts