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Fossil found recently in India provide evidence supporting the theory of land mammals returning to the water that later evolved into modern whales.

a.
b. supporting the theory that land mammals, after returning to the water,
c. that supports the theory of land mammals that returned to the water
and that later
d. in support of the theory that land mammals returned to the water and
that they later
e. of support for the theory of land mammals that returned to the water
and after
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17 Jan 2004, 16:51
I will vote for D.

"that land mammals returned to the water and
that they later evolved into modern whales."
modifes the noun theory

"theory of land mammals" is akward. This elimintaes A,C and E. B changes the meaning of A
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17 Jan 2004, 23:54
I would have guessed B, but I am apprehensive in the face of you rascals.
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18 Jan 2004, 00:00
no. D is not the official answer.
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18 Jan 2004, 00:16
well yes. B is the official answer. how did u reach that stoofli.
what do u have against D.
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18 Jan 2004, 00:30
heh.

Nothing "against" D.

B is much more concise and compact ("supporting" versus "in support of", for example), and there's nothing wrong with it. The parenthetic clause is offset by commas, and the sentence would work just fine if the phrase was removed. That, friends, is good use of a comma.
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18 Jan 2004, 04:00
Stoolfi is there anyway to transfer some of ur Verbal ........ into my Brain
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18 Jan 2004, 12:14
mbamantra wrote:
Fossil found recently in India provide evidence supporting the theory of land mammals returning to the water that later evolved into modern whales.

a.
b. supporting the theory that land mammals, after returning to the water,
c. that supports the theory of land mammals that returned to the water
and that later
d. in support of the theory that land mammals returned to the water and
that they later
e. of support for the theory of land mammals that returned to the water
and after

there was only one theory
D is not correct

theory that X and that Y
this construct suggests that there were more than one theory
B is best.
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19 Jan 2004, 18:03
I pick B.

a) The sentence makes it sounds like that the "water" was the thing evolved not the animals.
c) I don't know what "that" is called, but there are too many of them.... that supports... that returned... and that later.
d) in support of is not concise.. it is better if you use "to support" or "supporting"
e) I think "of support" is not idiomatic

B is the most concise!
19 Jan 2004, 18:03
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