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# Five hundred million different species of living creatures

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Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.

A. Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.

B. Nearly 99 percent of five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth have vanished.

C. Vanished are nearly 99 percent of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth.

D. Of five hundred million different species of living creatures that have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them have vanished.

E. Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that have
appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent have vanished.
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18 Aug 2007, 08:46
solidcolor wrote:
Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.

A. Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.

B. Nearly 99 percent of five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth have vanished.

C. Vanished are nearly 99 percent of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth.

D. Of five hundred million different species of living creatures that have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them have vanished.

E. Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that have
appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent have vanished.

E sounds fine
The reason behind it is that: so far nearly five hundred species have appeared on the earth and of them so far 99 percent have vanished

Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent have vanished.
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18 Aug 2007, 09:23
split between D and E.

I am confused about the use of plural verb with '99 percent' in E. can somebody explain?
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18 Aug 2007, 09:29
ankita wrote:
split between D and E.

I am confused about the use of plural verb with '99 percent' in E. can somebody explain?

I think u got to put it this way,

Of the ..... species....., 99 percent have vanished,
or
Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures.... , 99 percent have vanished

so just omit THAT part of the centence, it is a modifier
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18 Aug 2007, 10:19
B

Concise, grammatically correct, logically sound
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18 Aug 2007, 10:58
Ravshonbek wrote:
ankita wrote:
split between D and E.

I am confused about the use of plural verb with '99 percent' in E. can somebody explain?

I think u got to put it this way,

Of the ..... species....., 99 percent have vanished,
or
Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures.... , 99 percent have vanished

so just omit THAT part of the centence, it is a modifier

Thank you. that's what i thought too, but didn't want to assume anything.
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18 Aug 2007, 10:59
B

Concise, grammatically correct, logically sound

what about the past tense used here? - 'that appeared on Earth'
shouldn't it be present perfect?
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18 Aug 2007, 11:57
I think we need the OA and OE if possible,
thanks,
I stuck to E
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21 Aug 2007, 09:53
Stuck between B and E. Good question. Would love to see the OE for this . Persoally I am for E but I am unable to eliminate B
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21 Aug 2007, 18:34
In B, it reads ... Nearly 99% of ..... species ... that appeared on earth have vanished.

I think "that" refers to 99% of species ; not the five hundred million.

E makes more sense.
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22 Aug 2007, 07:56
solidcolor wrote:
Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.

A. Five hundred million different species of living creatures have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them vanishing.
B. Nearly 99 percent of five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth have vanished.
C. Vanished are nearly 99 percent of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that appeared on Earth.
D. Of five hundred million different species of living creatures that have appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent of them have vanished.
E. Of the five hundred million different species of living creatures that have
appeared on Earth, nearly 99 percent have vanished.

E. close call among B, D and E but take E for more clarity.

I changed from D to E now cau I see "the" in E make more sense.
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