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14 Nov 2011, 09:16
first S-V, pattern so -> indicates a,b,c gone
D & E
decedent of or decedent from both are correct but a decedent from is not

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14 Nov 2011, 09:21
D. Singular verb and "a descendant of".

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14 Nov 2011, 19:19
Yep, might is the simple past tense of may. In this sentence, we need present tense. Hope that help
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18 Nov 2011, 03:51
IMO D as clear use of Idiom. Also S-V agreement.
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03 Dec 2011, 23:26
Its D because might is not required in this context.

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６． According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.
(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who
(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibly be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had
(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had
(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who

OA:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D

First of,S-V agreement.
S-pattern>singular,therefore indicateS should be used.
A,B,C>eliminate.
D,E remains.

Queries:
1. descendent of/from.Are'nt both correct?
2.may/might.For a future event which defines certanity?May?
3.Subject of the sentence is pattern.Agreed.Can someone explain WHY?While identifying a subject we ask the question "Who did the action"..Is'nt the answer "scientists"??

Difficult question!

A) "indicate" does not agree with "the pattern"
B) idem
C) "may indicate" changes the meaning
D) looks fine, let's go to the next
E) looks fine too, let's see what is different

process of choosing:
1) between "might" and "may", I would use "may" (but I don't know whether this is better... anyone know?)
2) my ear says that "descendant from" is awkward. If I would say "descendant from", it would be a country or something like that. However, this "descendant" sounds like "descendant of Japanese or sth like that.

Agree?

In this particular case: 'descendant' is an adjective and hence should be followed by 'of' whereas 'descended' is verb and hence should be followed by 'from'.
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08 Jan 2012, 22:51
Was confused between E and D but great question and great explanations.

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07 Feb 2012, 19:47
According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

Just to confirm..
I believe the high lighted text would be the subject of the sentence? or is it just pattern of changes?
And any specific grammar rule which tells us to avoid subjects that have a relative clause ( here That)

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07 Feb 2012, 23:09
According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

hi everybody dont you think that the pattern of changes that have occurred is wrong . Since the pattern of changes is singular ,it must be has occured right ?
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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who
(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibly be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had
(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had
(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who
(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who

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22 Aug 2012, 08:13
descendant of
descendant from
which to use and why?

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ananthpatri wrote:
descendant of
descendant from
which to use and why?

Hi there,

When we use the noun "descendant", we use preposition "of" after it. So, it's "descendant of".
When we use the verb "descended", then we use preposition "from" after it. So, we say "descended from".

Let us know if you have any other quesry regarding this problem.

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22 Aug 2012, 08:47
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ananthpatri wrote:
descendant of
descendant from
which to use and why?

Hi there,

When we use the noun "descendant", we use preposition "of" after it. So, it's "descendant of".
When we use the verb "descended", then we use preposition "from" after it. So, we say "descended from".

Let us know if you have any other quesry regarding this problem.

Thanks.

Thanks for good explanation. Whether C is wrong because the use of "had" or there is another reason.

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egmat wrote:
ananthpatri wrote:
descendant of
descendant from
which to use and why?

Hi there,

When we use the noun "descendant", we use preposition "of" after it. So, it's "descendant of".
When we use the verb "descended", then we use preposition "from" after it. So, we say "descended from".

Let us know if you have any other quesry regarding this problem.

Thanks.

Can we use the word possibility and may in a single sentence. Any specific reason for dropping possibility from option D.

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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

Error Analysis:
1. The subject for the plural verb “indicate” is singular “the pattern”. So, we have SV number agreement here.
2. The underlined portion contains “possibility” as well as “might”. Both the words indicate possibility. Hence, we cannot use both the words in same construction. Presence of both renders one of them redundant.
3. Use of “might be descended”. The correct verb here should be “might have descended” because all the alive people today have already taken birth and thus have descended. Verb “might be descended” seems to suggest that this action could have some possibility in the future.

POE:

(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who: Incorrect for the reason stated above.

(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibly be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had: Incorrect.
1. Same SV agreement number error as in choice A.
2. Same redundancy error as in choice A.
3. Use of past perfect tense “had lived” is incorrect here. There are no two past events that we need to use past perfect tense to establish sequence. The sentence is presenting general information about this woman ancestor and hence, nust be written in simple past tense.

(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had: Incorrect.
1. Placement of “may” is incorrect. Per the original sentence, there is a possibility that all of us have descended from a single woman ancestor. Per this choice the possibility is that the pattern of changes may indicate something. This is certainly not the intended meaning.
2. Same past perfect tense error as in choice B.

(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who: Correct.

(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who: Incorrect. “descendent from” is an incorrect expression.

Hope this helps.
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Remove A,B, and C because "The pattern" indicates, not indicate. E incorrectly uses "descendant from". You are a descendant of, you descend from.

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Remove A,B, and C because "The pattern" indicates, not indicate. E incorrectly uses "descendant from". You are a descendant of, you descend from.

I don't think you can eliminate C based on that reasoning because verb coming after "may" should be in its root form. i.e. "indicate"

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Injuin wrote:
Remove A,B, and C because "The pattern" indicates, not indicate. E incorrectly uses "descendant from". You are a descendant of, you descend from.

I don't think you can eliminate C based on that reasoning because verb coming after "may" should be in its root form. i.e. "indicate"

That's a good point. I don't know what the rule is called, but what you said is valid. Therefore I will have to say you have to eliminate C due to descendant from instead of the use of "indicate".

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09 Nov 2012, 08:21
What's wrong with C? Is it the "had lived"?

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According to scientists at the University of California, the pattern of changes that have occurred in human DNA over the millennia indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who lived in Africa sometime between 140,000 and 280,000 years ago.

(A) indicate the possibility that everyone alive today might be descended from a single female ancestor who

(B) indicate that everyone alive today might possibly be a descendant of a single female ancestor who had

(C) may indicate that everyone alive today has descended from a single female ancestor who had

(D) indicates that everyone alive today may be a descendant of a single female ancestor who

(E) indicates that everyone alive today might be a descendant from a single female ancestor who

OA is D..... If OA is D, I think the sentence must be " the pattern of changes that has ocurred ....." indicates that .....

If the non underlined portion reads "the pattern of changes that have occurred... may indicate that" ...because have & indicate are plural.

If subject is pattern and if its singular, has is correct. OA is D
If subject is changes and if its plural, have is correct. OA is C

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