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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet
discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.


A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds
B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds
D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
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A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds - The best among the lot

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

-What has yet been discovered- should naturally exclude the discovery under issue, so that a comparison could be made. Here it is not. You must add the word – other- and state - than what other has yet been discovered -


C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B -relationship than any yet – should be rephrased as- relationship than any other yet-

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B and C. -than any that has yet been – should read as -than any other that has yet been –. to make out a comparison
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Re: Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2010, 08:42
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More is not followed by than, and the most is preferred.

Between A and D, D has 'that' modifying only the birds.
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

(A) offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
(B) offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
(C) offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
(D) have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
(E) have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

I found that by looking at the meaning and construction of the sentence you can eliminate choices quite easily.

In A, "evidence yet discovered" looks awkward, but doesn't seem incorrect. The key is to look at where "yet discovered" is in the other choices.

A - "yet discovered" refers directly to the "evidence" that the fossils offer. Correct.
B - "yet been discovered" ambiguously refers to "what" and seems to be referring to evidence other than the unearthed fossils. Additionally, "more" adds an unnecessary comparison and complicates the meaning of the sentence. Incorrect.
C - "yet discovered" refers to "the close evolutionary relationship". Incorrect.
D - "yet been discovered" refers to "dinosaurs and birds" (because the sentence uses "have"). Incorrect.
E - "yet been discovered" ambiguously refers to "any" evidence other than the fossils mentioned. Additionally, "more" is used in the same way as in choice B. Also, "have offered" is not grammatically incorrect, but it is unnecessary because it offers no additional information between a past event and the present. Both "offer" and "have offered" mean the same thing in the context of this sentence. Simplicity wins. Incorrect.
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Re: Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2015, 11:13
Can anyone explain what is the difference in between the tense used in options A, B , and C and the tense used in options D, and E.

Offer and Have Offered is that a split.

Please help.
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2015, 13:05
anewbeginning wrote:
Can anyone explain what is the difference in between the tense used in options A, B , and C and the tense used in options D, and E.

Offer and Have Offered is that a split.

Please help.

I dont think have offered or offer is correct split. There are many other issues with the wrong options.
Check these links for your reasoning.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 13762.html
http://www.beatthegmat.com/unearthed-in ... 27235.html

For the tenses as you asked A B and C use simple present tense and D and E use present perfect. As per GMAT rules we should keep it simple so simple tenses are preferred, means if something could be said in simple tenses, it is preferred.
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Re: Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2015, 00:13
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anewbeginning wrote:
Can anyone explain what is the difference in between the tense used in options A, B , and C and the tense used in options D, and E.

Offer and Have Offered is that a split.

Please help.

I dont think have offered or offer is correct split. There are many other issues with the wrong options.
Check these links for your reasoning.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... 13762.html
http://www.beatthegmat.com/unearthed-in ... 27235.html

For the tenses as you asked A B and C use simple present tense and D and E use present perfect. As per GMAT rules we should keep it simple so simple tenses are preferred, means if something could be said in simple tenses, it is preferred.


Okay. Thanks for the links :-D

I will check it.
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