Being about the same size as a domestic chicken, the kiwi bird lays eggs that are very large in proportion to its body size.

A) The eggs of the kiwi bird are much larger than those of a domestic chicken although both birds are almost the same size.

B) The eggs of the kiwi are very large for its body, which is about as big as that of a domestic chicken.

Key says answer is A. I think "in proportion to its body" makes a comparison between eggs and the kiwi. But option A makes comparison between eggs of the kiwi and eggs of a chicken. Am I wrong?

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I think answer B reproduces the exact information in the original sentence, as such I find it hard to criticise as a literal paraphrase.

Applying strict logic, the original sentence doesn't actually tell us specifically about the size of chicken eggs. The sentence implies that there is a usual relationship between size of bird and size of egg, and that the kiwi has an unusually high ratio. We might infer that the chicken has a more usual ratio, but that is not explicitly stated.

Hence I don't think that A is a literal paraphrase. However, I'd be pretty confident in inferring the truth of A from the original sentence, it's not likely that the author would mention chickens and fail to mention that their eggs too are unusually large, if that indeed were the case.


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