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# Paleontologists studying the fossil record have estimated

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Paleontologists studying the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils accounts for only approximately 10% of all species that have ever existed.

studying the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils accounts for only approximately 10% of all species that

that study the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils is only 10% of all species that

studying the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils accounts for only 10% of all species that

who study the fossil record have estimated that the fossils currently collected are only approximately 10% of all species which

who study the fossil record estimate that the current collection of known fossils accounts for approximately 10% of all species which
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12 Sep 2005, 21:59
studying the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils accounts for only approximately 10% of all species that

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that study the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils is only 10% of all species that

- Wrong. "That" in the beginning is wrong.

studying the fossil record have estimated that the current collection of known fossils accounts for only 10% of all species that

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who study the fossil record have estimated that the fossils currently collected are only approximately 10% of all species which
- Wrong. Usage of which in the end is wrong.

who study the fossil record estimate that the current collection of known fossils accounts for approximately 10% of all species which
- Wrong.

Answer choices between A & C. Difference is between "only approximately" and "only" . A is better.

I will go with A. What is OA?
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12 Sep 2005, 22:54
I don't like approximately followed by only....

So i will choos C
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13 Sep 2005, 00:22
Id go with C

For me it was between C and E
E is wrong as the sentence almost means - any paleontologist who studies..estimates.....thats not the case here....the sentence says that the ones studying the fossils have estimated! SO E is out.

A is out as only approximately is awkward and verbose!
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13 Sep 2005, 01:53
rahulraao wrote:
Id go with C

For me it was between C and E
E is wrong as the sentence almost means - any paleontologist who studies..estimates.....thats not the case here....the sentence says that the ones studying the fossils have estimated! SO E is out.

A is out as only approximately is awkward and verbose!

Don't you think that only and appoximately suggest 2 diff things. It is not redundant. Only significes a small portion whereas appox suggests that the writter is not sure of the exact amount.
These 2 words are not REDUNDANT.

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13 Sep 2005, 11:53
OA is C...

according to OE, estimate and approximate are redundant.....
13 Sep 2005, 11:53
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