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While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have [#permalink]
18 Sep 2004, 07:34
68% (01:48) correct
31% (00:10) wrong based on 16 sessions
While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.
A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be
ABC are out,
but what about E ?
I know that D means that "from what appears" reffers to the bones, but is it also true in GMAT land ? with D can't you think that : "have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be" , means the paleontologists found the bone from the dinosaur ?
This is why I choose E - "which" clearly reffers to the bones
The "it" here is a pronoun referring to "raining", followed by linking verb (is). This type of sentence is either singular or plural based on the noun that follows.
You should read this as "Raining is happening" or alike.
Similar pronouns = It, what, which, there
Linking verbs = be, seem, appear
Singular: I see what appears to be a dead tree (dead tree appears to be the one I see)
Plural: He sometimes makes what seem to be thoughtless mistakes. (Thoughtless mistakes seem to the ones that he sometimes makes)
In your original sentence, "what" refers to dinousour (singular) and hence appears is apt.