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"HAD" has basically 2 uses.
either when u r required to make sequential arrangement of events such as to make clear that event A occured prior to event B. or to make possesiveness , that too in the past.

in the sentence given above, the perfect sentence is " ....has descended from an aquatic animal....".
now as per the question raised by u, had descended urges the sentence to mean that the elephants descended in the past but not in the present, thats y its incorrect.

is descended is correct just because it relates with the present tense.

i will go with E.

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Re: SC [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 02:29
Thanks for ur detailed explanation.
ur rgt the answer is E.
One small doudt, as u said had describe past event ok . So if i use has/have (been) desceded which tell us that from past to present or to furture also then is it correct???
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it cudnt be have because the subject " the elephant" is singular..
personally i feel this sentence would have been idealistic if " has" was used rather than " is".

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Re: SC: Australian embryologists [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 03:14
why cant we use has/have (been) descended instead of is descended ??????
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since the subject is singular, we cant use "have' here..
if we use " has descended", then the sentence would be idealistic and its correct..
but since u have to choose the best among the answer choices, u chose E
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 06:17
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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) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolved
(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


Evolving is incorrect rather it should be evolved...

From option D and E, the later is parallel introducing 2 clauses with "that".
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2013, 23:25
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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) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolved
(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


I was stuck between (C) and (E) and pulled the trigger on E because I guessed that "...and that its trunk..." played some rule somewhere that made it obvious "it" referred to the elephant and not the "aquatic animal." That's really what I used to weed out some of the possible answers, whether "it" was clear. All a guess though.
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Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2014, 03:23
Hi,
Please can one of the moderators give a detailed explanation ?
the explanation in OG isnt clear.

Any help is appreciated.
Thanks in Advance
Re: Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests   [#permalink] 04 Sep 2014, 03:23
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