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# According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History

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Project SC Butler: Day 97: Sentence Correction (SC2)

According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History , the uncanny similarity between skeletons of modern birds and those of extinct dinosaurs suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that caused large-scale mass extinction of plant and animal species including dinosaurs.

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

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19 Jul 2018, 06:19
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According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History , the uncanny similarity between skeletons of modern birds and those of extinct dinosaurs suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that caused large-scale mass extinction of plant and animal species including dinosaurs.

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
Verb error-HAVE- the uncanny similarity REQUIRES singular verb - suggests.
THAT is required after suggest

B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
verb suggest is wrong. Sentence is ok in sin simple past after WHO. No requirement of HAD

C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
may is wrong. Error in use of had

D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
Correct

E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who
may is correct to talk of present case. The birds are alive today.
Changes the meaning by missing out on word type

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19 Jul 2018, 07:38
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According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History , the uncanny similarity between skeletons of modern birds and those of extinct dinosaurs suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that caused large-scale mass extinction of plant and animal species including dinosaurs.

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

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Correct Answer must be (D) for the highlighted errors in other options.
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19 Jul 2018, 10:58
Hi,

Maybe I'm just overthinking, but should it not be type of dinosaur "which" survived rather than type of dinosaur "who" survived?

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19 Jul 2018, 12:31
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+1 for D.

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who --> Correct, "similarity(singular) - suggests"
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

Hence, D.
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21 Jul 2018, 22:01
Hi All. Can someone please explain why option E is incorrect here?
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21 Jul 2018, 22:30
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Hi All. Can someone please explain why option E is incorrect here?

So Answer me this, Which one you find correct?

1 - Birds are a type of dinosaurs.
2 - Birds are dinosaurs .

Birds are type of dinosaurs, one must not think they are dinosaurs. So it was more of meaning. Usually in GMAT when you left with two choices, the deciding factor come to meaning. Hope it helped.
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23 Jul 2018, 07:59
Hello, So I was wondering why would this sentence not be a case of subjunctive? Theory suggests it but we're not sure. So it's hypothetical still.
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11 Feb 2019, 07:27
Bumping up for SC butler project. The best/excellent answers get kudos.
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According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History , the uncanny similarity between skeletons of modern birds and those of extinct dinosaurs suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that caused large-scale mass extinction of plant and animal species including dinosaurs.

''Similarity'' is singular --> Hence requires singular verb ''suggests''

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
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E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who
''might'' used for past tense, since the current sentence is in present use ''may'' in option-D
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11 Feb 2019, 19:21
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According to scientists at the American Museum of Natural History , the uncanny similarity between skeletons of modern birds and those of extinct dinosaurs suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who survived the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event that caused large-scale mass extinction of plant and animal species including dinosaurs.

A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

The question is testing understanding of SV agreement and intended meaning of the sentence.
So, we will focus on the low handing fruits first.

Quote:
A. suggest the possibility that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who

The uncanny similarity (singular subject) between X and Y suggests (singular verb)...... So A is out

Quote:
B. suggest that birds of today might be a type of dinosaur who had

Same reason as that of A. Eliminate B

Quote:
C. may suggest that birds of today are a type of dinosaur who had

Same reason as that of A. Strike out C.

Quote:
D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who

Here SV agreement is appropriate. From the meaning perspective, we can clearly understand that birds are or maybe a different type of dinosaurs. Nothing wrong here. Keep D.

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E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

Here also SV agreement is fine. But the sentence changes the meaning by stating that the birds of today are actually the dinosaurs that went extinct. That's nonsensical. Cause if the dinosaurs went extinct then how can they be birds of today (unless we are talking about some cosmic level stuff). Eliminate E.

Hence, the answer must be D.

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12 Feb 2019, 19:01
Hey aragonn generis

Can you explain the difference between "May" and "Might" in terms of its usage?
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pikolo2510 - first in this question you do not need to know use of 'may' and 'might' . I hope you can see D vs E. Difference is more on the lines of meaning. Ask yourself, birds are type of dinosaurs or actual dinosaurs. - ofcourse "type of dinosaurs" is a better answer anyway.
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D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

Here is an explanation what you are seeking. Hope it will be helpful. Let me know if anymore doubts.
https://writingexplained.org/may-vs-might-difference
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12 Feb 2019, 19:33
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pikolo2510 - first in this question you do not need to know use of 'may' and 'might' . I hope you can see D vs E. Difference is more on the lines of meaning. Ask yourself, birds are type of dinosaurs or actual dinosaurs. - ofcourse "type of dinosaurs" is a better answer anyway.
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D. suggests that birds of today may be a type of dinosaur who
E. suggests that birds of today might be dinosaurs who

Here is an explanation what you are seeking. Hope it will be helpful. Let me know if anymore doubts.
https://writingexplained.org/may-vs-might-difference

Thanks aragonn
Yes, I absolutely agree that we have a huge meaning difference between the two options. I just wanted to know the diferrence in meaning between may and might

The link helped. Thanks a ton
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13 Feb 2019, 00:13
Shouldn't it be "a type of dinosaurs" instead of "a type of dinosaur"?
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13 Feb 2019, 19:52
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Is my explanation correct? Where is my Kudos? :P
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13 Feb 2019, 22:41
since when in GMAT SC "who" can modify dinosaur beside modify human only?
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14 Feb 2019, 01:51
Vinit800HBS - Good work there mate. One doubt though, How you are removing A and C on same grounds ?
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14 Feb 2019, 09:59
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Vinit800HBS - Good work there mate. One doubt though, How you are removing A and C on same grounds ?

choice A is definitely out for the subject needs to match its verb. I unfortunately picked C so I need to understand why C is incorrect.
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23 Feb 2019, 06:53
There is absolutely no way that "who" can refer to dinosaurs in GMAT english. Think the question is incorrect. sudarshan22 GMATNinja aragonn
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