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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occured in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometimes between 140000 and 280000 years ago.

(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who
(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibily be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had
(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had
(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Apr 2005, 08:12
D it is

pattern, series etc are singular - now left with D & E

descendant of is the correct idiom
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One more for 'D'
You say 'XYZ is a descendant of Henry VIII'
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 21:42
indicate vs indicates - the latter is correct, since pattern is singular. (A) and (B) are out.
(C) is also out as it changes the meaning of the sentence with the use of 'may'.
descendant of vs. descendat from - the former is the correct idiom.

(D) it is.
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Re: SC- Idiom:Descendant of/Descendant from [#permalink] New post 17 Apr 2005, 22:28
D. but, why not E, because of idiom or verb-may/might? Guys, pls explain.
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Re: SC- Idiom:Descendant of/Descendant from [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2005, 00:03
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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occured in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometimes between 140000 and 280000 years ago.

(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who
(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibily be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had
(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had
(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who


a matter of subject-verb agreement, A and B are out.

'a descendant of' is idiomatic.

SO, D it is.
Re: SC- Idiom:Descendant of/Descendant from   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2005, 00:03
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