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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.
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theropods VS fossil skeleton. A, D and E OUT.

Between B and C.
B ---> "had been" is a problem. Unnecessary change of tense. It means that fossil skeleton and theropods belong to different age.

C it is.

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C for me.

"theropods" should be compared with "fossil skeleton"...that leaves B and C.

"had been" is not really needed as used in B.

that leaves C.

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C.......for me ....Didn't want to with Had been

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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.


A & E are straight out because of subject-verb agreement. Among B,C,D B & D use incorrect tense leaving with C as the right choice.

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IMO C.

In B and C,

B has unnecessary tense shift.

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Between B and C, B is wordy. Also, simple past is needed. Both seems to be happening at the same time. Others are out as the comparison is between theropods and fossil skeleton.

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A,D,E are out because of misplaced modifier..

between B and C,, C is clear winner

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the usage of past perfect in B is not correct, but suppose 'had been' is replaced by 'was' in B , ten out of B and C which is more appropriate ?
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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.


First strike: subject-verb agreement - it should be 'which is' because 'fossil skeleton' and 'a coat of filamentous structures' are singular. A, B and D --> wrong
Second strike: Without knowing the meaning of 'theropods', I would still go with C and not E simply because it is more concise and less cumbersome.
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Between B and C, the latter user better words, B has unnecessary 'had been'!
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Like X...Y..
Does Theropods parallel with Fossil?
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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.

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we can get the correct answer in two ways first way is we can use like x..y and the second way is we are comparing the therepods with the fossil skeleton so the underlined part should start with the fossil so we can eliminates a,d,e and we are left with b and c,we can eliminate c on basis of had been which is used for past perfect continuous tense as the original sentence is in simple past so we should use was so b is eliminated and left with c which must be our answer .

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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.




+1 for C.Here is the explanation:

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.--> Wrong. Here ‘which are’ written after the comma wrongly modifies the skeleton.Hence it is wrong.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.--> The introduction of ‘had been’ is incorrect.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers--> Correct.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.--> The introduction of ‘had been’ is incorrect.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.--> Wrong. Its the other way around. i.e. to say it is not the skeleton that acts as a coat of filamentous structures, rather it is the filamentous structures that provides a coat to the fossil skeleton.

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This topic looks weird to me as far as comparison is concerned.


When we say that like many other therepods discovered, we must compare them to some type of animals (some kind of dinosaurs) or at least some other reptiles. On the contrary, the comparison seems to be between a coat of filamentous structures and theroepods as in A, D and E, or between the thereopods and fossil skeleton as in B and C. Either way, comparison seems to be between unparallels. Any thoughts?
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conmisdosmanos wrote:
Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.


a coat of filamentous structures is not parallel with many other theropodos. so A, D and E are out. i am confused between B and C. i thought B would be the answer because there are 02 past events "discovered" and preserved but discovered is not a verb it is participle. so finally pick C
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I was stuck between c and e , how did you guys eliminate e
how did you guys determine what is parallel with many other theropods(a coat of filamentous structures OR the fossil skeleton) .

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I was stuck between c and e , how did you guys eliminate e
how did you guys determine what is parallel with many other theropods(a coat of filamentous structures OR the fossil skeleton) .



Even I home in on to C & E.
To determine the parallel structure between C & E, we can see for the processes which are mentioned in the underlined and non-underlined parts rather than the nouns 'theropods' & 'a coat of filamentous structures OR the fossil skeleton'

Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.

hence, the processes mentioned in the first part of non-underlined part and option 'C' help in maintaining a parallel structure.

IMO 'C'
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in theropod discovered ,discovered is an adjective while in fossil skeleton was preserved , was preserved is a verb , how is this helping to determine parallelism

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Like many other theropods discovered in the Yixian Formation, a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.

(A) a coat of filamentous structures was preserved with the fossil skeleton, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(B) the fossil skeleton had been preserved with a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(C) the fossil skeleton was preserved with a coat of filamentous structures commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers.
(D) a coat of filamentous structures, which are commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, had been preserved with the fossil skeleton.
(E) a coat of filamentous structures, commonly recognized as the precursors of feathers, was preserved with the fossil skeleton.

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we can get the correct answer in two ways first way is we can use like x..y and the second way is we are comparing the therepods with the fossil skeleton so the underlined part should start with the fossil so we can eliminates a,d,e and we are left with b and c,we can eliminate c on basis of had been which is used for past perfect continuous tense as the original sentence is in simple past so we should use was so b is eliminated and left with c which must be our answer .



How can we identify theropods being compared with "fossil skelton" not "a coat of filamentous structures"

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