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In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent

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Re: In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent [#permalink] New post 10 Jan 2013, 08:42
E is wrong because

"was" is wrong. fact which has no time is said, present tense is needed.

and because

the pattern

one of the nounS that ARE

is idiom .
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Re: In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2013, 10:35
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Re: In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2013, 07:13
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In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent system, testified in Patent Office hearings that, to test the system, a colleague of his had managed to win a patent for one of Kirchhoff's laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and now included in virtually every textbook of elementary physics.

(A) laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and
(B) laws, which was an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and it is
(C) laws, namely, it was an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and
(D) laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845, it is
(E) laws that was an observation about electric current, first made in 1845, and is


I also got the answer as A. Want to make sure whether my logic is correct.

A) Correct
B) The sentence as a whole talks about the patent system. Hence use of which(non-essential modifier) is appropriate but introduces a parallelism error with and it is
C) namely, it was an.. makes the construction awkward.
D) Removing the fluff we get:
In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent system, testified in Patent Office hearings that, to test the system, a colleague of his had managed to win a patent for one of Kirchhoff's laws ,an observation about electric current first made in 1845, it is now included in virtually every textbook of elementary physics
Creates a run-on sentence
E) I have a doubt here. According to me, the use of that was is correct and also it maintains the parallel structure. Also that correctly modifies the one of the laws. What does first made in 1845 modify? (btw IMO it modifies observation correctly). So Why is this option wrong?

I marked this option as the answer using the following rule, the topic of discussion in the sentence is testifying of Richard Stallman, the use of that.. introduces a restrictive clause. Am I correct?

Also if one of the option would have been something as below then what would be the answer?

laws, which was an observation about electric current, first made in 1845, and is

Can anyone or any expert help me out with this?
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Re: In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2014, 05:16
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Re: In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2015, 12:48
sandalphon wrote:
In 1995 Richard Stallman, a well-known critic of the patent system, testified in Patent Office hearings that, to test the system, a colleague of his had managed to win a patent for one of Kirchhoff's laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and now included in virtually every textbook of elementary physics.

(A) laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and
(B) laws, which was an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and it is
(C) laws, namely, it was an observation about electric current first made in 1845 and
(D) laws, an observation about electric current first made in 1845, it is
(E) laws that was an observation about electric current, first made in 1845, and is

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B - 'which' refers to plural 'laws', but has a singular verb 'was'
C - The sentences/clauses are not connected properly
D - Same as C
E - 'that' refers to plural 'laws', but has a singular verb 'was'

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