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# It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that led to the

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37. It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that led to the discovery of Neptune.
(A) It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(B) It was the orbit of Uranus showing anomalies that
(C) They were anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(D) The orbit of Uranus being anomalous was what
(E) The anomalies in the orbit of Uranus was what

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05 Aug 2009, 06:58
DenisSh wrote:
37. It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that led to the discovery of Neptune.
(A) It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(B) It was the orbit of Uranus showing anomalies that
(C) They were anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(D) The orbit of Uranus being anomalous was what
(E) The anomalies in the orbit of Uranus was what

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My pick will be A

"It" is used to emphasize the delayed subject of the sentence "anomalies"
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05 Aug 2009, 07:03
I think I would go with A too....

All other answer choices seem bad compared to A. But my only concern is that....I thought anamolies are plural...I would have instead written the sentense as "It were the anamolies that lead......".

Can somebody please clarify why "was" is correct (if the OA is A)
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05 Aug 2009, 07:27
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I think I would go with A too....

All other answer choices seem bad compared to A. But my only concern is that....I thought anamolies are plural...I would have instead written the sentense as "It were the anamolies that lead......".

Can somebody please clarify why "was" is correct (if the OA is A)

well u are mixing the usage of verb here!!!

the main verb of the sentence is "led" and not "was"

"It was" is just doing the work of delaying the subject and emphasizing "anomalies" ..experts please correct me if i am wrong!!
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05 Aug 2009, 12:21
I will go for C. If it wrong, don't laugh at me
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05 Aug 2009, 22:28
Official Explanation

The original sentence is, perhaps surprisingly, grammatically correct because this is a special type of construction. The entire underlined portion of the sentence operates as the singular subject for led. Since you would never want to choose this option without carefully reviewing the remaining choices, you would probably arrive at the answer by eliminating the others. (B) is a wordier version of (A), so eliminate it. They were anomalies in (C) is just not idiomatic. (D) and (E) seem promising at the start since they seem to provide active alternatives, but being anomalous is ugly enough to disqualify (D) and the subject and verb don't agree in (E). Go with (A).
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02 Aug 2010, 11:59
Hi

I am wondering if "that" is the correct pronoun here? Isn't "that" meant only for singular nouns?

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12 Sep 2010, 21:57
Looks like I am the only who picked E. But after reading answer I realised that Anamolies and was don't match so should be ruled out
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12 Sep 2010, 23:44
What does It and They actually refer to?

A - It - illogical referent
B - It - illogical referent
C - They - Who?
D - being anomalous - wrong
E - was what emphasises that the anomalies were solely responsible for the discovery of Neptune
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05 Aug 2013, 05:17
DenisSh wrote:
37. It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that led to the discovery of Neptune.
(A) It was anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(B) It was the orbit of Uranus showing anomalies that
(C) They were anomalies in the orbit of Uranus that
(D) The orbit of Uranus being anomalous was what
(E) The anomalies in the orbit of Uranus was what

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I really can't understand why the answer is A...

Isn't anomalies PLURAL?

PLZ help..

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