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Hailed as a key discovery in the science of evolution, the fossils of a large scaly creature resembling both a fish and a land-animal provide evidence of a possible link in the evolutionary chain from water-based to land-based organisms.
a)the fossils of a large scaly creature resembling both a fish and a land-animal provide evidence of
b)the fossils of a large scaly creature resemble both a fish and a land-animal and provide evidence of

confused beteween a) and b) even after reffering oe
Please explain ur views will post oe later
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Re: mgmat sc-subtle issue [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 04:28
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Hailed as a key discovery in the science of evolution, the fossils of a large scaly creature resembling both a fish and a land-animal provide evidence of a possible link in the evolutionary chain from water-based to land-based organisms.

A. the fossils of a large scaly creature resembling both a fish and a land-animal provide evidence of
B. a large scaly creature resembling both a fish and a land-animal provides fossils that are evidence
C. a large scaly creature, whose fossils resemble both a fish and a land-animal, provides evidence of
D. the fossils of a large scaly creature, which resembles both a fish and a land-animal, provides evidence of
E. the fossils of a large scaly creature resemble both a fish and a land-animal and provide evidence of
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Re: mgmat sc-subtle issue [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 04:32
In B it seems the fossils are resembling but in actual sentence the creature resembles.
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Re: mgmat sc-subtle issue [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 04:42
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In B it seems the fossils are resembling but in actual sentence the creature resembles.
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Yes I agree to that.

In A "resembling" correctly refers to the "creature", noun that immediately precedes it, because gerunds modify the nouns immediately preceding them if there is no comma before gerunds.

the fossils [highlight]of a large scaly creature[/highlight]resemble both a fish and a land-animal and provide evidence of
Here, the highlighted portion should be ignored because it is the prepositional phrase and the main subject can't lie within prepositional phrase.
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Re: mgmat sc-subtle issue [#permalink] New post 15 Jun 2011, 19:50
thanks a lot guys,extremely good explanation fluke
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