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Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
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Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins---wrong..sleight of hand (a technique) is singular so ARE is incorrect.
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins---CORRECT-- IS is correct here...also the sentence is complete...also KNOWN AS is the correct idiom
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins---incorrect..KNOWN TO BE is incorrect...
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins--incoorect... IS is misisng here
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins--- incorrect..ARE is used ofr sigular techinique
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04 Oct 2012, 23:13
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Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins

aditi1903 is totally bang on. All the reasons are correct. B is the right answer.
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05 Oct 2012, 00:03
B is my answer as well.
singular "is" and "such as" are correctly used in B.

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which is also known as ...is wordy
both convey the same meaning then why do we want which and also at the same time?
i hope it makes sense...
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Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins

D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
This is a fragment! A verb could make this option very correct I think!
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06 Oct 2012, 01:43
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D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
This is a fragment! A verb could make this option very correct I think!

Exactly my point. Thanks Souvik

"Which" is used to connect "non-restrictive clause" and should be preceded by a comma. Since, "Sleight of hand" is a non-restrictive clause and has been precede by a comma. I do not find anything wrong with this options except that the verb is missing.

But Aditi is also right as "which" is redundant here and does not contribute anything in the sentence. Thoughts?

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06 Oct 2012, 01:47
See Its just a matter of usage and style.
Some people prefer appositives while others like participial phrases!
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Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

"are" is incorrect because "Sleight of hand " is singular (A) & (E) out
"such as " is correct because cards and coins are quoted as examples. (E) & (C) out

Lets compare (B) & (D)

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
"is" makes the sentence clear and structurally correct.
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
no problem in using "which" but the lack of " is" makes the sentence unclear and structurally incorrect
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
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B for me too!

I eliminated C based on "like". I think "such as" fits here. Any comments guys?
Though now I see that "known to be" is probably another reason why C is incorrect.

Regarding D, I think the thevenus has pointed out the real mistake.
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getgyan wrote:
Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly

A. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
B. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
C. also known to be prestidigitation or legerdemain, is a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins
D. which is also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects such as cards and coins
E. also known as prestidigitation or legerdemain, are a set of techniques used by a magician to manipulate objects like cards and coins

Rule out known to be --> eliminate C. Objects such as ..., not "objects like " because here a magician use cards or coins, not sth like cards or coins. so E is eliminated. A is wrong because of S-V agreement. D is wrong because of missing verb
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