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Biologists working in Spain say that their discovery of teeming life in a highly acidic
river may not only broaden the search for life, or for evidence of past life, no other
planets but also show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
.
A. show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
B. may show that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest
ones
C. shows a number of forms of microscopic life to be capable to adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
D. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest
bacteria
E. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest
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Biologists working in Spain say that their discovery of teeming life in a highly acidic
river may not only broaden the search for life, or for evidence of past life, no other
planets but also show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
.
A. show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
B. may show that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest
ones
C. shows a number of forms of microscopic life to be capable to adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
D. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest
bacteria
E. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest


I see 'not only, but also', choose A. Is there any other trick with this question?
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Guys...I feel A is not correct.
Reason: Subject of 'show' is discovery and not Biologists. So, it should be shows and not show.

Therefore I pick C. Please explain if my understaning is wrong.
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Guys...I feel A is not correct.
Reason: Subject of 'show' is discovery and not Biologists. So, it should be shows and not show.

Therefore I pick C. Please explain if my understaning is wrong.



this one is about parralelism ...may not only broaden... but also show...
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shouldn't 'show' agree with 'the discovery' ? In this case, there is only one discovery, making it singular, and so the proper form should be 'shows', shouldn't it ?
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Economist wrote:
Guys...I feel A is not correct.
Reason: Subject of 'show' is discovery and not Biologists. So, it should be shows and not show.

Therefore I pick C. Please explain if my understaning is wrong.



this one is about parralelism ...may not only broaden... but also show...


What kind of parallelism are we looking at here? broaden is parallel with show that and not shows??

A is clearly wrong as there is S-V disagreement.

Also, scientists have long thought is a continuous process.
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A seems correct. "..discovery ... may not only broaden, but also show..." Because "broaden" and "show" are attached to modal verb "may", we don't need third person present tense suffix "+s".

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Biologists working in Spain say that their discovery of teeming life in a highly acidic
river may not only broaden the search for life, or for evidence of past life, no other
planets but also show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
.
A. show that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
B. may show that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest
ones
C. shows a number of forms of microscopic life to be capable to adapt to conditions
that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest bacteria
D. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life is capable of adapting to
conditions that scientists have long thought had been hostile to all but the hardiest
bacteria
E. showing that a number of forms of microscopic life can adapt to conditions that
scientists have long thought hostile to all bacteria but the hardiest
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New post 05 Jan 2009, 13:41
I picked C, but after your explanation I can see why A is correct as well. Tough question.
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New post 05 Jan 2009, 15:16
I went with C, agree with icandy.

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