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Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving as a kind of snorkel.

a) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving
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 evolved
d) to suggest that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal and its trunk originally evolved
e) to suggest that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal and that its trunk its trunk originally evolved

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06 Jun 2010, 08:33

the use of that twice in A does not look very nice

there's a difference between has descended and is descended

has descended: has moved from a higher to a lower place
he has descended from the hill top

is descended: to come from an ancestor or ancestry

we're discussing ancestry here, so E is the best choice

E it is

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06 Jun 2010, 14:09
Yep, I agree the usage is awkward - evidence that suggests that ............and that

There are three that in the sentence. Don't take this as a rule- but this is what I think

If you see more than two that in answer choice then probably that choice is wrong.

to suggest that..... and that....... ( 2 that)

> 2 that ---------> I suspect a problem with the construct.
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07 Jun 2010, 22:06
is descended sounds really weird. Could someone just say descends ?
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07 Jun 2010, 22:37
The Ques says that embryologists have evidence and as evidence is singular, we need a singular verb i.e. suggests. So d & e are wrong. Also, B is not the correct ans.

I ma not sure about A&C but C is past tense and use of "With" tilts my ans for C. Whats OA??

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07 Jun 2010, 23:50
[quote="amitdesai16"]Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving as a kind of snorkel.

a) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving no parallelism and awkward phrase in the begining
b) that has suggested the elephant descended from an aquatic animal, its trunk originally evolving no proper conjunction
c) suggesting that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal with its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
d) to suggest that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal and its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
e) to suggest that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal and that its trunk its trunk originally evolved parallell and clear

By the way, in one of the previous sentences there was a question about the proper ise of descendant from / of
and many people stated that the use of descendant from is unidiomatic, but here weve got absolutely different situation.
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07 Jun 2010, 23:53
Yap. B has second that missing.

serhio wrote:
amitdesai16 wrote:
Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving as a kind of snorkel.

a) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving no parallelism and awkward phrase in the begining
b) that has suggested the elephant descended from an aquatic animal, its trunk originally evolving no proper conjunction
c) suggesting that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal with its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
d) to suggest that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal and its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
e) to suggest that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal and that its trunk its trunk originally evolved parallell and clear

By the way, in one of the previous sentences there was a question about the proper ise of descendant from / of
and many people stated that the use of descendant from is unidiomatic, but here weve got absolutely different situation.

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Re: tricky SC ques - elephant [#permalink]

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09 Jun 2010, 08:13
Descend when used as verb goes with "from" but when used as a noun, it goes with "of".

Here, in above senetence, the verb is to suggest. So, descended from is correct usage. Below is an example of DESCENDANT OF:

According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred 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 sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 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 possibly 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

nusmavrik wrote:
Yap. B has second that missing.

serhio wrote:
amitdesai16 wrote:
Australian embryologists have found evidence that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving as a kind of snorkel.

a) that suggests that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal, and its trunk originally evolving no parallelism and awkward phrase in the begining
b) that has suggested the elephant descended from an aquatic animal, its trunk originally evolving no proper conjunction
c) suggesting that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal with its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
d) to suggest that the elephant had descended from an aquatic animal and its trunk originally evolved no need for past perfect
e) to suggest that the elephant is descended from an aquatic animal and that its trunk its trunk originally evolved parallell and clear

By the way, in one of the previous sentences there was a question about the proper ise of descendant from / of
and many people stated that the use of descendant from is unidiomatic, but here we`ve got absolutely different situation.

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Re: tricky SC ques - elephant   [#permalink] 09 Jun 2010, 08:13
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