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Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion

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Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

(A) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for

(B) Observing an apple fall from a tree is what made Newton come up with the assertion that

(C) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that

(D) Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, came up with the assertion of

(E) Observing an apple fall down from a tree, Newton was able to come up with the assertion that

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20 Sep 2018, 08:43
Harshgmat wrote:
Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

(A) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for

(B) Observing an apple fall from a tree is what made Newton come up with the assertion that

(C) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that

(D) Newton, observing an apple fall from a tree, came up with the assertion of

(E) Observing an apple fall down from a tree, Newton was able to come up with the assertion that

I would go for answer choice C in this case.

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Harshgmat wrote:
Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

(C) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that

Arro44

Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

Don't you feel the high-lighted portion is missing a verb?
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20 Sep 2018, 09:07
Harshgmat wrote:
Arro44 wrote:
Harshgmat wrote:
Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion for a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

(C) Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that

Arro44

Observing an apple fall from a tree, Newton came up with the assertion that a force in the earth that attracted objects towards it; he named this force gravity.

Don't you feel the high-lighted portion is missing a verb?

Sorry my earlier reply was a missunderstanding.

I agree that even the correct solution sounds slightly off.

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20 Sep 2018, 09:32
C cannot be the right answer.
What is the source ?

assertion that...needs a verb. "That" in this context needs a verb .

Only A is a the viable option.
Though it is filled with errors too. Please tell the source.

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20 Sep 2018, 09:35
I think the second "that" is redundant, without it the question would probably work.
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20 Sep 2018, 09:42
Arro44 wrote:
I think the second "that" is redundant, without it the question would probably work.

Still it would not be right.

See here , assertion that... Here "that" is modifying the assertion and a modifier (descriptive information) has to tell us some information about the assertion. Here modifier of assertion cannot noun because the intended meaning tries to describe it in a sentence (S+v) form. So assertaion that cannot be followed by a noun here.

99% of the time whenever a modifier begins with "that" it is a descriptive modifier and hence needs a verb for the "that " subject.
And if you remove the second "that" , the verb that follows is "attracted" . Now to assert something to be true the phenomenon has to be general observation and according to the intended meaning Newton asserted that the force "attracts" ( simple present) .... is needed

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20 Sep 2018, 12:42
Why D is not the correct answer for this question?
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23 Sep 2018, 03:28
dollytaneja51 wrote:
Why D is not the correct answer for this question?

placement of the verb-ing modiifer (observing) between two commas makes it non-essential, and this feat is not the intended meaning. Observing .... is a necessary modifier without which the entire sentence looses its gist.

Tip: whenever a verbing modi is placed between two commas make sure whether the modi is essential or not. If it is , then placing it between commas makes the modi redundant.
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