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The panda and bear comparision

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 Post subject: The panda and bear comparision  Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 4:08 am
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 Though laypeople often refer to the panda as a bear, due to its physical resemblance to one, DNA testing has shown that it is more closely related to the common raccoon than any member of the bear family.a) because of its physical resemblance to one, DNA testing has shown that it is more closely related to the common raccoon thanb) because of its physical resemblance to one, DNA testing has shown that it is more closely related to the common raccoon than toThis is from a MGMAT CAT and the explanation is unclear. Why is b correct?Is this a parallelism thing, "more related to X than to Y.."?thanks!

 Post subject: Re: The panda and bear comparision  Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:45 pm
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 (A) X is more closely related to Y than Z. (ambiguous)(B) X is more closely related to Y than to Z.(C) X is more closely related to Y than Z is.Notice that adding a "to" clearly shows that Y and Z are each being compared. When you use the first comparison, you could be saying that X is more closely related to Y than Z is related to Y. (A) is pretty ambiguous either way. Either include a "to" to compare Y and Z (B), or include an "is" after the Z to compare X and Z (C). _________________Joe LuceroManhattan GMAT Instructor

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