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# Although Plato's inspiration for h

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Although Plato's inspiration for his descriptions of the civilization of Atlantis and its destruction appears to have been the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, what remains a mystery are how stories of events a thousand years previous were passed down to Plato's time.
A. appears to have been the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, what remains a mystery are
B. appears to have been the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, what remains a mystery is
C. appear to have been the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, what remains a mystery is
D. appear to have been the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, what remains a mystery are
E. appear to be the Minoan ruins of Crete and traditional stories of the partial destruction of the island of Thera, that which remains mysterious is

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28 Jan 2018, 10:52
First split - appears & not appear since subject is "inspiration", second split - subject verb error, should be "mystery is" & not "mystery are".

Hence, B.
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28 Jan 2018, 11:36
Option B. "inspiration" is singular, verb it gets must also be singular, hence appears. "a mystery" is singular, hence the verb it gets must be "is".

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29 Jan 2018, 14:29
Hi Sasindran,

I want to first start off by saying the previous two responses are on the right track - thanks urvashis09 & aarkay! Here is a short break-down of how to answer this question:

First, let's look at the difference between using appears/appear. In the sentence, this is referring back to the singular word "inspiration," so we should only consider answers that use the singular "appears." We can now rule out answers C, D, & E.

Second, let's look at the difference between using are/is. In the sentence, this is referring back to the singular "a mystery," so let's stick with the singular "is." We can now rule out answer A, leaving us with only B, which is the right answer!
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