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# Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made

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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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What is the verb form in below cases:
Team of Specialists __________(is/are) called for.
Powers of observation that ____________ (Singular verb/ Plural verb)
bones of dinosaur that ___________(was/were) huge creature.

Do I need to look rest of the sentences to validate the verb?
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27 Jan 2009, 21:50
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
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

Question:
What is the verb form in below cases:
Team of Specialists _____is_____(is/are) called for.
Powers of observation that ___Plural_________ (Singular verb/ Plural verb)
bones of dinosaur that ____were_______(was/were) huge creature.

Do I need to look rest of the sentences to validate the verb?

A,B,C are out.. (Sub-V agreement issue)
powers of observation--> obseration powers -- make
between D and E

D looks better and concise..
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27 Jan 2009, 22:02
But in D, "makes his letters as a group.........." ok?
Though E is lenghty but i find it better than D

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27 Jan 2009, 23:06
x2suresh wrote:
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
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.
(Team of Specialists _____is_____(is/are) called for.
Powers of observation that ___Plural_________ (Singular verb/ Plural verb)
bones of dinosaur that ____were_______(was/were) huge creature.....Here it must be 'was' because 'that' modifies dinosaur - Ideally, 'That' must be placed next to the word it intends to modify
Do I need to look rest of the sentences to validate the verb?

E changes the meaning of the sentence. I'll go with D

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27 Jan 2009, 23:12
unplugged wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
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.
(Team of Specialists _____is_____(is/are) called for.
Powers of observation that ___Plural_________ (Singular verb/ Plural verb)
bones of dinosaur that ____were_______(was/were) huge creature.....Here it must be 'was' because 'that' modifies dinosaur - Ideally, 'That' must be placed next to the word it intends to modify
Do I need to look rest of the sentences to validate the verb?

E changes the meaning of the sentence. I'll go with D

Cheers,

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yeap!! i agree with you.

So we need to select the subject based on context right

"powers of observation that.... make.. his letters...as -->here subject is "Powers" eventhough "that " is near to observation
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27 Jan 2009, 23:16
unplugged wrote:
x2suresh wrote:
priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
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.
(Team of Specialists _____is_____(is/are) called for.
Powers of observation that ___Plural_________ (Singular verb/ Plural verb)
bones of dinosaur that ____were_______(was/were) huge creature.....Here it must be 'was' because 'that' modifies dinosaur - Ideally, 'That' must be placed next to the word it intends to modify
Do I need to look rest of the sentences to validate the verb?

E changes the meaning of the sentence. I'll go with D

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Can you elaborate meaning change of sentence "E"
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28 Jan 2009, 00:02
[quote="x2suresh

Can you elaborate meaning change of sentence "E"[/quote]

D says 'The letters, if taken as a group ,rival the best of the novels'. The 'making' refers to 'rivalry'
E says ' The letters, make a group which rivals the best of the novles'. The 'making' here refers to 'group'

Hope it's clear

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28 Jan 2009, 00:04
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[quote="x2suresh

Can you elaborate meaning change of sentence "E"

D says 'The letters, if taken as a group ,rival the best of the novels'. The 'making' refers to 'rivalry'
E says ' The letters, make a group which rivals the best of the novles'. The 'making' here refers to 'group'

Hope it's clear

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Thanks buddy..
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28 Jan 2009, 03:06
Agree with D for similar explanation as by others.

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28 Jan 2009, 20:39
thanks a ton for discussion.

Edit: OA is D
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28 Jan 2009, 23:04
E is clearly wrong

uses which incorrectly

also P of O does not make his letters a group. group is not the rival of the best novels.

his letters as a group will rival the best novels.

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