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The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

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01 Jun 2006, 12:03
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The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

D it is. The subject is indeed belief and not public. If you apply the subject-verb agreement rule, all the choices except D will be immediately eliminated.
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01 Jun 2006, 14:49
this one is no doubt D

reading: The public's widespread BELIEF in the existence of UFOs and their (pronoun: RED FLAG, should be its as it refers to curiosity) general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has (SVA: what the belief, UFOs, curiosity?... BELIEF)

A B D have "has" on the end... now looking for "its" for public's curiosity

A also has "their" - OUT

B changes wording for no reason

D has "its" and is the WINNER
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01 Jun 2006, 17:53
gmatmba wrote:
Mike you are correct, belief is the subject.

E

The OA is E.

gmatmba: I chose E also but the S/V is off.

Question for everyone: what is the antecedent for "its" It can't be belief and would be illogical if it was UFO. The only logical one is public but "public's" is in the possessive form and can't be it. Hmmm....
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01 Jun 2006, 18:09
Are you sure the OA is E
Because I agree with D and so does everyone else.

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01 Jun 2006, 18:43
mrmikec wrote:
gmatmba wrote:
Mike you are correct, belief is the subject.

E

The OA is E.

gmatmba: I chose E also but the S/V is off.

Question for everyone: what is the antecedent for "its" It can't be belief and would be illogical if it was UFO. The only logical one is public but "public's" is in the possessive form and can't be it. Hmmm....

I would not pick E even if someone would point a gun at me

how can this be the correct S-V agreement : "The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, [as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life,] have..." Unless it said "belief AND curiosity," connecting 2 subjects it would be HAVE... otherwise I don't see how it fits in this question... sorry

But I see the public's now and wonder if it is a typo or something... do you have Official explanation? where did the question come from?
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01 Jun 2006, 20:56
I had myself chosen D only, Hoever I can think of one reaon why the OA is E.
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

The word general eleminates the need of any pronoun(its or their)...now if we use its ,it will be redundant...
its general curiosity implies..that public has some other type of curisoty also..along with general.
Does it make sense?
howver, I am getting confused b/w has and have ...which one should be used.
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01 Jun 2006, 21:01
Well...the only reason I chose E was because I didn't think 'its' is necessary.
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01 Jun 2006, 21:12
mrmikec wrote:
gmatmba wrote:
Mike you are correct, belief is the subject.

E

The OA is E.

gmatmba: I chose E also but the S/V is off.

Question for everyone: what is the antecedent for "its" It can't be belief and would be illogical if it was UFO. The only logical one is public but "public's" is in the possessive form and can't be it. Hmmm....

E cannot be correct. it clearly has a SV problem. D should be the correct one.
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01 Jun 2006, 21:48
mrmikec wrote:
The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

It's not D.

Let's form the sentence using option D.

The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction.

Here Public has widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and it also has general curiosity about extraterrestrial life. So we need plural verb "have" instead of "has".

Although E is not very clear but if we consider "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" together then we need "have" which is rightly put in E.

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01 Jun 2006, 22:03
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mrmikec wrote:
The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

It's not D.

Let's form the sentence using option D.

The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction.

Here Public has widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and it also has general curiosity about extraterrestrial life. So we need plural verb "have" instead of "has".

Although E is not very clear but if we consider "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" together then we need "have" which is rightly put in E.

Regards,
Brajesh

No, not at all. As well as, as opposite to and, doesn't create a plural subject when it connects two singular ones.

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01 Jun 2006, 22:07
b14kumar wrote:
mrmikec wrote:
The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

It's not D.

Let's form the sentence using option D.

The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction.

Here Public has widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and it also has general curiosity about extraterrestrial life. So we need plural verb "have" instead of "has".

Although E is not very clear but if we consider "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" together then we need "have" which is rightly put in E.

Regards,
Brajesh

I think that we need 'has' instead of 'have'
Consider this :
The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated
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01 Jun 2006, 22:23
buzzgaurav wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
mrmikec wrote:
The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

It's not D.

Let's form the sentence using option D.

The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction.

Here Public has widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and it also has general curiosity about extraterrestrial life. So we need plural verb "have" instead of "has".

Although E is not very clear but if we consider "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" together then we need "have" which is rightly put in E.

Regards,
Brajesh

I think that we need 'has' instead of 'have'
Consider this :
The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated

Oh man.......
I need to clear this minor and would be major doubt.

Ok then which one is correct :

1. Work1 as well as work2 has been done.
2. Work1 as well as work2 have been done.

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01 Jun 2006, 22:29
b14kumar wrote:
buzzgaurav wrote:
b14kumar wrote:
mrmikec wrote:
The public's widespread belief in the existence of <u>UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has</u> generated considerable interest in science fiction.

a) UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
b) UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
c) UFOs, as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
d) UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
e) UFOs, as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

As an aside, pay attention to the pronouns. Am I right to assume the subject of the sentence is belief and NOT public's or public in the singular sense.

Thanks.

Mike

It's not D.

Let's form the sentence using option D.

The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction.

Here Public has widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and it also has general curiosity about extraterrestrial life. So we need plural verb "have" instead of "has".

Although E is not very clear but if we consider "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" together then we need "have" which is rightly put in E.

Regards,
Brajesh

I think that we need 'has' instead of 'have'
Consider this :
The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated

Oh man.......
I need to clear this minor and would be major doubt.

Ok then which one is correct :

1. Work1 as well as work2 has been done.
2. Work1 as well as work2 have been done.

Regards,
Brajesh

1 is correct while 2 is not.
However if you use and

1. Work1 and work2 has been done.
2. Work1 and work2 have been done.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sv_agr.htm
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01 Jun 2006, 22:35
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1 is correct while 2 is not.
However if you use and

1. Work1 and work2 has been done.
2. Work1 and work2 have been done.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sv_agr.htm
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And you are absolutely spot on with 'as well as' and 'and' .
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01 Jun 2006, 22:49
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1 is correct while 2 is not.
However if you use and

1. Work1 and work2 has been done.
2. Work1 and work2 have been done.

http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/sv_agr.htm
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And you are absolutely spot on with 'as well as' and 'and' .

I must say, I have so much to learn...........

Regards,
Brajesh
01 Jun 2006, 22:49
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