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# An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet,

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An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area
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25 Nov 2012, 10:15
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forestcorrect
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owletMissing working verb (spotted - owl did not spot - should be was spotted) - Incorrect
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation areaoriginally, first time redundant- repeats itself. monitoring in Peru's...a private - awkward construction
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peruhaving been is not preferred - awkward construction
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation areaMissing working verb (spotted - owl did not spot - should be was spotted) - Incorrect
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25 Nov 2012, 10:24
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An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

B has issue of dangling modifier.
C has redundancy issue in that it uses "originally" and "first".
D and E don't have verb. Hence run.

Let me know if anything remains unclear.
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07 Oct 2013, 10:21
tinashine20 wrote:
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

Nice passage. I like owls
Is (A) then the right answer? It seems to be the best choice among all of them.
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20 Jun 2016, 01:07
Hey guys,

Need some help here.

I am confused between choice A and E.

When "spotted" in itself suggests that its in past tense, why do we need "Was spotted"?

I don't know sounds silly,but it would be great if someone can clarify.

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13 Jul 2016, 04:42
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

Structure of the argument :

An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

Sub - Verb Agreement : was is used correct here for the subject An extremely rare species.
Modifiers : highlighted sentence fragments are modifiers modfying correctly owl and researchers respectively.

A. Correct
B. no verb is present
C. Modifier error : monitering what ? is far from modyfying phrase
D. no verb is present ;having is not verb
E. spotted is verb -ed modifier here not verb , therefore sentence lacks the verb.
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13 Jul 2016, 09:15
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An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.
The original sentence seems correct due to right S-V pair and right modifier.

B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet. The sentence is separated by independent sentence through improper punctuation.

C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
'called' doesn't need to be saperated by ','.

D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru No verb for An extremely rare species of owl

E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area. No verb for An extremely rare species of owl
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12 Aug 2016, 20:35
Besides A, every other choice alters the meaning of the sentence.
Slash out the modifiers and just keep the main sentence.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
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