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Attempts at deciphering Linear A, a syllabic system of writing used in

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Attempts at deciphering Linear A, a syllabic system of writing used in the second millennium BCE by the Minoans, non-Greek inhabitants of Crete, has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved.

A. has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved

B. has so far had results only frustrating to the scholars involved

C. has so far had only frustrating results for the involved scholars

D. have so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved

E. have so far had results only to frustrate the scholars involved

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Attempts at deciphering Linear A, a syllabic system of writing used in the second millennium BCE by the Minoans, non-Greek inhabitants of Crete, has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved.

We can remove the noun modifiers in order to simplify the sentence.
Attempts at deciphering Linear A, a syllabic system of writing used in the second millennium BCE by the Minoans, non-Greek inhabitants of Crete, has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved.

Attempts at deciphering Linear A has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved.



A. has so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved
S-V agreement error. Have should be used as "attempts" is plural

B. has so far had results only frustrating to the scholars involved
Same as A.

C. has so far had only frustrating results for the involved scholars
Same as A and B.

D. have so far resulted only in frustration for the scholars involved
Correct.

E. have so far had results only to frustrate the scholars involved
Unnecessarily wordy. Also sounds messy.
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Have should be used instead of Has as decipphering the linear A is still accounted till now, if it was the thing of the past then has is better suited.

Aside between D & E, use of Had is incorrect as it is used to compare the timeline in a squence of things, but here it is not needed.

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Have should be used instead of Has as decipphering the linear A is still accounted till now, if it was the thing of the past then has is better suited.

Aside between D & E, use of Had is incorrect as it is used to compare the timeline in a squence of things, but here it is not needed.

Hope this helps.


Eventhough your answer is correct your reasoning is quite wrong

First, Has is not past tense. Only difference between has and have is singular/ plural

Has is singular and have is plural. Here the subject is plural hence usage of has is not correct.

Second, your reasoning for D and E is also not correct. I think u assumed that had is past perfect tense. But had is past tense and had+ third verb is past perfect tense.

The reason to eliminate E is construction and the usage of noun over verb.

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