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# An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte

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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
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An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

Nice passage. I like owls
Is (A) then the right answer? It seems to be the best choice among all of them.
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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
Hey guys,

Need some help here.

I am confused between choice A and E.

When "spotted" in itself suggests that its in past tense, why do we need "Was spotted"?

I don't know sounds silly,but it would be great if someone can clarify.

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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

Structure of the argument :

An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

Sub - Verb Agreement : was is used correct here for the subject An extremely rare species.
Modifiers : highlighted sentence fragments are modifiers modfying correctly owl and researchers respectively.

A. Correct
B. no verb is present
C. Modifier error : monitering what ? is far from modyfying phrase
D. no verb is present ;having is not verb
E. spotted is verb -ed modifier here not verb , therefore sentence lacks the verb.
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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
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An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.
The original sentence seems correct due to right S-V pair and right modifier.

B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet. The sentence is separated by independent sentence through improper punctuation.

C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
'called' doesn't need to be saperated by ','.

D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru No verb for An extremely rare species of owl

E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area. No verb for An extremely rare species of owl
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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
Besides A, every other choice alters the meaning of the sentence.
Slash out the modifiers and just keep the main sentence.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

A. the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest
B. spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, researchers monitored a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest, where they found the long-whiskered owlet
C. called the long-whiskered owlet, was originally spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring in Peru's northern forest a private conservation area
D. the long-whiskered owlet having been spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007, by monitoring researchers at a private conservation area in the forest in northern Peru
E. the long-whiskered owlet, spotted in the wild in Peru's northern forest for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area

IMO A
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Re: An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotte [#permalink]
An extremely rare species of owl, the long-whiskered owlet, was spotted in the wild for the first time in 2007 by researchers monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest.

1) Subject: An extremely rare species of owl and corresponding Verb: was spotted --- No SV pair error
2) Modifier 'the long-whisked owlet' correctly modifies the subject (placed correctly and worded correctly) --- No modifier error
3) Ing Modifier 'monitoring a private conservation area in Peru's northern forest' correctly modifies researchers (placed correctly and worded correctly) --- No modifier error

The original sentence is error free. Answer: A.
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