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Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 00:25
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Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolved as a kind of snorkel.

(a)Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolved as a kind of snorkel.
(b) that has suggested the elephant descended from an aquatic animal, its trunk originally evolving
(c)suggesting that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal with its trunk originally evolving
(d) to suggest that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal and its trunk originally evolving
(e) to suggest that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal and that its trunk originally evolved
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 01:11
I think it should be E as it correctly uses evidence to and also properly uses "its trunk" . Whats the OA and OE?
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 01:23
is descended ? is that right grammar ?
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 01:25
OA is E but there is no satisfactory OE. what exactly is wrong with C ?
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 01:27
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When you are referring to ancestry "is descended" is the correct usage, so it should be OK in this case. Also, other four choices have more obvious errors.
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 01:42
grammatically 'is descended' is perfectly fine! it's passive!

I just had little doubt whether should be 'was descended' here in E but still it is the best of all.
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 02:37
BTW, what is the source of this question?
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2011, 03:29
E is correct. Because it accurately identified trunk of elephant that is evolved.
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Re: elephant [#permalink] New post 07 May 2011, 20:48
garimavyas wrote:
OA is E but there is no satisfactory OE. what exactly is wrong with C ?

Usage of past perfect in C is wrong."Is descended" in my opinion should have been "was descended" ..Is descended is a little passive in tone.
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 07 Mar 2012, 17:02
"scientists have found evidence that suggests that"

is this wrong because it's the evidence suggesting something rather than the scientist?

I went with E based on the parallelism of "that its trunk", but i was unsure about the above. Does A work if it was "to suggest that" and replaced "and its trunk" with "and that its trunk"?
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 11:41
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"scientists have found evidence that suggests that"

is this wrong because it's the evidence suggesting something rather than the scientist?

I went with E based on the parallelism of "that its trunk", but i was unsure about the above. Does A work if it was "to suggest that" and replaced "and its trunk" with "and that its trunk"?


I think that it is correct that "evidence" suggests, as opposed to that "scientists" suggest. Scientists merely found evidence, which suggests blah blah.
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 15:08
It is not in the options but wouldn't * its trunk was evolved * be more correct ?
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