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# A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some

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A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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The answer is C..When exactly to use Have been, Had been and had. can anybody point out the subtle differences..thankx....

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17 Oct 2005, 16:20
23. a huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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17 Oct 2005, 18:29
C is the best choice.
- 'have been' is appropriate as the quetzalocoatlus was the largests flying creature prevously, and it still is today (the fact exists)
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17 Oct 2005, 19:12
gmacvik wrote:
23. a huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be

"that" in B seems to modify " a wingspan" instead of the right ante-decent " the Quetzalcoatlus" , B is out.
D and E have the same errors to B.
" believed to be" in A seems to be the act of " the quetzalcoatlus" , in fact , it doesn't .
I'm left with C.
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17 Oct 2005, 23:38
8. A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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18 Oct 2005, 00:01
OA is C
Why does it use the perfect form "have been".

This was my analysis
A) believed to be
would serve as a modifier for "wingspan of 36 feet".

(B) and that is believed to be
that cannot be used to refer to a living being

(C) and it is believed to have been
why "have been".
"and it is believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen." sounds right.

(D) which was, it is believed,
which cannot be used to refer to a living being

(E) which is believed to be
which cannot be used to refer to a living being
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18 Oct 2005, 01:42
choices having 'believed to be' are not correct

A - modifies the wing span
B - 'that' refers to the wing span
E- 'which' refers to the wing span again...

also, D is out because 'which' refers to the wing span again. The only good answer here is 'C'. Elimination works good if there is confusion.
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18 Oct 2005, 09:16
The Quetzalcoatlus (how to pronounce that beast?) was and still is believed to be the all time largest flying reptile. We need the present perfect tense.

C.
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18 Oct 2005, 12:12
a huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be

I agree with everybody who says that there needs to be a conjunction between â€œhad a wingspan of 36 feetâ€
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18 Oct 2005, 12:17
E if used like this would be correct:-

A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus, which is believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen,had a wingspan of 36 feet.

But it appears to be wrong when placed after 36 feet.
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28 Oct 2005, 07:11
A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be

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19 Nov 2005, 05:28
A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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19 Nov 2005, 06:28
think that it is B) It is still believed to be the largest flying creature. In A) C) and D) think that past tense is inappropriate since it implies that the reptile was and not is the largest one in history. A huge reptile THAT died out ........and THAT so B) maintains paralelism
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19 Nov 2005, 07:02
A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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30 Dec 2005, 08:03
8.A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
(A) believed to be
(B) and that is believed to be
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed,
(E) which is believed to be
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30 Dec 2005, 08:21
I would go with A.

E and D are out because "which" incorrectly refers to the wingspan. B is incorrect because of the "that". Between A and C, I think A is still good and more concise.
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30 Dec 2005, 08:26
D and E are out because "which" is unclear, since it can refer to Quetzalcoatlus or wingspan.

It "has been" is the correct tense, believed "to be" is wrong.

The Quetzalcoatlus had a... and it is believed to be... parallel
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30 Dec 2005, 21:35
This should be 'C'

Correct tense too.

"A" can't be correct, 'believed to be' modifies 'wingspan of 36 feet'.
B,D & E - refer to wingspan.
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31 Dec 2005, 21:48
andy_gr8 wrote:
I go for B.
Whats the OA

Andy,
It can't be 'B', just put 'B' in the orogonal sentence & read. 'that' refers to the 'wingspan'.
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01 Jan 2006, 18:09
My vote for A !

(A) believed to be --> best
(B) reference error
(C) tense error
(D) reference error
(E) reference error
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04 Jan 2006, 03:11
I will go with C.

In the sentence given below:

A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

'believed to be' means it was believed in the past.
However Quetzalcoatlus is the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
So we still believe that Quetzalcoatlus is the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
So 'have been' can be used here.

I am going with C.

Regards,
Brajesh
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