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Mathematicians joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable

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Mathematicians joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, referring to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent.

a. joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, referring to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent
b. referring to their topological equivalence, joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel.
c. have a joke according to which a coffee mug is indistinguishable for its topological equivalence to a bagel.
d. who are referring to their topological equivalence joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel.
e. joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, which refers to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent

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07 Dec 2017, 02:14
Mathematicians joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, referring to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent.

There's nothing wrong with the original sentence. We can also eliminate the other options as follows.

a. joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, referring to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent Correct Option
b. referring to their topological equivalence, joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel. The reference of the pronoun their is not clear. 'Their' can refer to mathematicians or to coffee mug and bagel
c. have a joke according to which a coffee mug is indistinguishable for its topological equivalence to a bagel. Indistinguishable should always be followed by 'from'. Hence, usage of indistinguishable is incorrect.
d. who are referring to their topological equivalence joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel. The pronoun their refers to mathematicians and not to coffee mug and bagel
e. joke that a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, which refers to the fact that these two items are topologically equivalent Usage of which is incorrect as here, which is referring to 'bagel'
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07 Aug 2018, 01:58
hi expert
can some one plz explain how option A is correct .
which is the verb for main subject .
i reject A on the subject verb missing base .
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07 Aug 2018, 02:10
jafy wrote:
hi expert
can some one plz explain how option A is correct .
which is the verb for main subject .
i reject A on the subject verb missing base .

jafy
joke is verb for main subject i.e Mathematicians.
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07 Aug 2018, 02:11
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jafy wrote:
hi expert
can some one plz explain how option A is correct .
which is the verb for main subject .
i reject A on the subject verb missing base .

jafy

The three clauses in the sentence are

Mathematicians joke that ("Mathematicians" is the subject and "joke" is the verb)
a coffee mug is indistinguishable from a bagel, referring to the fact that ("coffee mug" is the subject and "is" is the verb)
these two items are topologically equivalent ("items" is the subject and "are" is the verb)

There is no subject verb missing error. Each clause has its own subject verb pair.
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