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# The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen

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The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales—the finback, gray, humpback, and right whales—eats was discovered by careful observation by biologists.

A. eats was discovered by
B. eat was discovered through
C. eats were discovered by means of
D. eat were discovered by
E. eat was discovered resulting from
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10 Oct 2012, 19:36
here "blue whale and the other baleen whales" is plural so eat is correct verb....so A and C are out
The way whales eat was discovered by scientists through careful observation is correct usage....which is B
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The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales—the finback, gray, humpback, and right whales—eats was discovered by careful observation by biologists.

A. eats was discovered by
B. eat was discovered through
C. eats were discovered by means of
D. eat were discovered by
E. eat was discovered resulting from

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"blue whale and the other baleen whales" is plural , so "eat" is correct, Eliminate A and C
"The way" is singular, Eliminate D
Between B and E, Option E is wordy and awkaward. B wins

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27 Oct 2012, 04:45
Good evening,

Is the formulation "the way in which" proper by the way? It sounds so weird to my ears...

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11 Dec 2012, 23:10
The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales—the finback, gray, humpback, and right whales—eats was discovered by careful observation by biologists.

A. eats was discovered by
B. eat was discovered through
C. eats were discovered by means of
D. eat were discovered by
E. eat was discovered resulting from
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1. Plural Subject (mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales) - Plural Verb (eat)| Eliminate A and C
2. Singluar(The way) - Singular Verb(was)| Eliminate D
3. eat was discovered resulting from - Wordy| Eliminate E

Ans B
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26 May 2013, 19:43
kingb wrote:
The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales—the finback, gray, humpback, and right whales—eats was discovered by careful observation by biologists.

A. eats was discovered by
B. eat was discovered through
C. eats were discovered by means of
D. eat were discovered by
E. eat was discovered resulting from

A & C would be out since the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales male a plural subject.
D would be out since were is used incorrectly as The way is the subject and the verb should be was.
Between B & E , I would select B taking meaning into consideration . It makes more sense to discover something through careful observation rather than discovery being as a result of observation.
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29 May 2013, 12:43
kingb wrote:
The way in which the mighty blue whale and the other baleen whales—the finback, gray, humpback, and right whales—eats was discovered by careful observation by biologists.

A. eats was discovered by
B. eat was discovered through
C. eats were discovered by means of
D. eat were discovered by
E. eat was discovered resulting from

This is Subject- Verb agreement question - The way X and Y eat is the correct usage. Now, the subject is The way so the linking verb should be singular. Hence B.
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