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# Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made

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193. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

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08 Jul 2012, 05:30
I Think the answer should be D
'that' here refers to the fact that he "possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist".
so it should be makes. and not make.
Make can be justified if 'that' refers to the powers, but its to far away from 'that'.
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08 Jul 2012, 05:55
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i was confused b/w B nd D
nd choosed the wrong option B
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08 Jul 2012, 10:05
makes in correct in A, B and C - as makes refer to singular noun, but here noun for that is powers of observations

choice between D and E
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08 Jul 2012, 23:28
jagdeepsingh1983 wrote:
makes in correct in A, B and C - as makes refer to singular noun, but here noun for that is powers of observations

choice between D and E

Not clear why D is correct. Can someone please explain in detail
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The Answer should be between D and E. I suppose it should be E as the answer choice D doesnt make sense "make his letters as a group the rival of" whereas E clearly states "make his letters a group which is the rival of" this correctly uses which (refers a thing letter) and rivals the novel.

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Not clear why D is correct. Can someone please explain in detail

Hi Vaibhav & Ankit,

• Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

Since both “that” refer to “powers of observation”, which is a plural entity, singular verb “makes” leads to SV number agreement error in the first three choices.

Now choosing the correct answer choice between D and E requires proper understanding of the intended meaning of the sentence. This sentence presents two things about Byron’s “powers of observation”. The first factor is not in the underlined portion of the sentence. So I will not get into the details of this.
The second bit says that because of his extra-ordinary powers of observation, Byron’s letters, as a group, are the rival of the best novels of that time. The intended meaning is that the letters are the rival of the best novels when they are put together in a group to give them the form of a novel.

Now let’s see what choice D is saying:
• Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that make his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
This sentence is absolutely correct because the SV agreement error that we found in the original sentence has been taken care of. Also, the sentence communicates the intended meaning. As a group, Byron’s letters are the rival of the best novels of his time.

Now let’s analyze Choice E:
• Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that make his letters a group which is the rival of the best novels of the time.
There is a shift in meaning in this choice. This choice now says that Byron’s powers of observation make the letters a group. This is not correct. Powers of observation does not make the letters a group. The sentence does not mean that. It does not say that letters become a group and then they rival the best novels of the time. The original sentence means that together as a group, the letters become the rival of the best novels of the time.

Hope this helps.
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10 Jul 2012, 10:58
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193. Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.
(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

p.s: plz provide an explanation too

Choice E means that the powers of observation collect the letters in a group - makes his letters a group. This is not the intended meaning of the sentence, which states that the powers of observation is the rival of the best novel if we compare them (letters and best novels in the same group.
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11 Jul 2012, 04:49
i was also confused between D and E....finally chose D
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16 Jul 2012, 09:50
Ooops! Was very tempted to choose a,b,c wasn't clear which one make(s) represents. After a while, understood it represents "powers" hence make - D better than E
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16 Sep 2016, 05:50
The subject is powers, which is plural. Thus we can easily eliminate options A,B and C. Between D and E, E uses which in relative clause and is incorrect. Thus D is the correct answer.
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19 Sep 2016, 05:07
A tip would be to read "letters as a group" as a phrase in Option E. Doing so helps eliminate E as an incorrect option.
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24 Oct 2016, 23:11

subject is powers. So, verb should be plural.

Makes is singular, whereas, make is plural. B is wrong straightaway.
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14 Nov 2016, 11:50
I went through the sentence and took out various parts to arrive at the correct answer:

Byron possessed powers of observation that make his letters as a group the rival of ____.

Make wins over makes.

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16 Mar 2017, 23:05
powers of observation ,not only observation, that is being modified... so directly D and E ....
his letters as a group vs make his letters a group which is the rival of D makes sense
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