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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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28 Feb 2007, 16:42
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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01 Mar 2007, 14:05
â€˜and thatâ€™ in B seems to be working on wingspan.
D & E using â€˜whichâ€™, which is working on 36 feet.

Only C makes sense as it correctly covers the usage of â€˜ever seenâ€™ at the end.

Quetza had a wingspan of 36 feet, and it is believed to have been the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.
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29 Mar 2007, 19:39
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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02 Apr 2007, 03:10
Hi ,

I find E to be the correct one . but answer says C . can somebody explain ?

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$Thanks , Vishal Director Joined: 13 Dec 2006 Posts: 513 Location: Indonesia Followers: 6 Kudos [?]: 222 [0], given: 0 Re: A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some [#permalink] ### Show Tags 02 Apr 2007, 04:04 Answer is C explanation which wrongly modifies feet hence eliminate D and E. Also to be doesnt go here so eliminate A and B as well. regards, Amardeep VP Joined: 03 Apr 2007 Posts: 1352 Followers: 4 Kudos [?]: 678 [0], given: 10 Re: A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some [#permalink] ### Show Tags 03 Apr 2007, 13:28 vc_pec wrote: Hi , I find E to be the correct one . but answer says C . can somebody explain ? A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen. (A) believed to be (B) and that is believed to be (C) and it is believed to have been (D) which was, it is believed, (E) which is believed to be$

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Which modifies the nearest object.In this example , which modifies the feet. So D and E can be eliminated
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26 Apr 2007, 13:32
I figured this is quite easy but I just don't understand

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

OA is C
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26 Apr 2007, 13:39
I hope my reasoning is not disastrously wrong, but, A, D and E seem to portray as if the "wingspan" was the largest flying creature. So these are wrong.

By using "and", B and C don't have the same confusion (At least to the same level). And, in C, "it" correctly refers to a thing, not the fact that Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet. So, C should be the right choice.
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27 Apr 2007, 19:36
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
modifier....wingspan are believed
(B) and that is believed to be
that refers to wingspan,should refer to Quetza
(C) and it is believed to have been
it correctly refers to Quetza and have been gives the impression that reptile is still the largest
(D) which was, it is believed,
which again refer to wingspan
(E) which is believed to be
same problem
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22 May 2007, 19:41
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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22 May 2007, 21:58
My choice is C.

Choices D and E are wrong becasue the word which has more than one antecedent.

Choice A is wrong becasue it makes the sentence a run-on sentence.

Choice B is wrong becasue the word that has more than one antecedent.
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23 May 2007, 06:12
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 => incomplete
(B) and that is believed to be => that what ? Quetzalcoatlus or its wingspan
(C) and it is believed to have been
(D) which was, it is believed, => awkward
(E) which is believed to be => "which" what ??

What is the OA ?
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15 Jun 2007, 13:30
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, (OA) - why not A??
(E) which is believed to be
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15 Jun 2007, 14:13
A requires pronoun to connect the last dependent clause with the main sentence flow. Otherwise "believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen. " has no clear antecedent. Only D & E contains that "which" but E refers to present tense, so D is the right answer.

I guess We can modify the sentence in this way,
Believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet.

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01 Jul 2007, 23:52
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

Why is it not E? Thank you everyone! GMATClub is now my favorite website :D
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02 Jul 2007, 01:10
I'll go with (C) here.

In (E)...........which is referring to "wingspan of 36 feet" and not "he Quetzalcoatlus"........so is wrong
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02 Jul 2007, 06:28
anita_083 wrote:
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

Why is it not E? Thank you everyone! GMATClub is now my favorite website :D

D,E - 'which' incorrectly modifies 36 feet - out
B - 'that' doesn't have correct modifier. - out

A, C - left

A - looks best
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19 Jul 2007, 14:38
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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06 Aug 2007, 06:01
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
(C) and it is believed to have been

This question has been discussed many times before but there were two different OAs. In my opinion, A is correct because it is a participial phrase modifying the subject in the independent clause.

Can anyone tell me why A is wrong?
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06 Aug 2007, 10:38
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Why is the tense correct in C?

Its pp because the Quetzalcoatlus has always been believed to be the largest flying creature in the world.

The Quetzalcoatlus was and is the larghest flying creature in the world.

so nothing wrong with the tense in C.
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