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Doesn't the absence of a noun to which her refers to make the options D & E incorrect ?
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Hi Hareesh2992,

As AjiteshArun said, "her" is a possessive pronoun here, acting like an adjective, not a noun. For example, in: "Her socks are great". "Her" is a possessive pronoun; it doesn't need to "refer" to anything.

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I have a doubt regarding the option D. Isn't it Mary Leakey a singular nonun....shouldn't the verb be includes??

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I have a doubt regarding the option D. Isn't it Mary Leakey a singular nonun....shouldn't the verb be includes??

Someone please clarify.

Here's (D) again, with the subject and verb in bold:

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(D) Leakey’s contributions to archaeology include her discovery of the earliest direct evidence of hominid activity and her painstaking documentation of

Mary Leakey isn't the subject of the clause; Mary Leakey's contributions is the subject, and that's a plural noun. So the correct form of the verb is "includes."

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