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# Pls let me have a clear view on this... The period when the

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Manager
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Pls let me have a clear view on this... The period when the [#permalink]

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The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

(A) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(B) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(C) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(D) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(E) are established by carbon-14 dating, but that which is much more difficult to determine is
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Re: SC - Is or Are? [#permalink]

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18 Sep 2008, 17:38
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Pls let me have a clear view on this...

The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

(A) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(B) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(C) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(D) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(E) are established by carbon-14 dating, but that which is much more difficult to determine is

Period is one subject and it is singular. Hence C D & E are out.

Between A & B, we have to find the subject. On a first look it appeared to me that reason is the subject and went towards B. How ever, the second part of the sentence lists 3 things reason, use and meaning. I got confused for a min but going by compound subject rule of MGMAT (only and can make a compound subject and make it plural), it appears to me that the subject is singular ( all three, reason, use, meaning)

Hence B. Also what is much more difficult to determine are sounds pretty awkward to me.
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Re: SC - Is or Are? [#permalink]

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18 Sep 2008, 17:44
IMO B.

has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are( should be is )
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18 Sep 2008, 19:19
This is pretty tricky. I'd go with A because it uses "are", which is needed when we are listing a series: the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.
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19 Sep 2008, 04:22
The period "hase been", not "have been". We need singular. Only A and B remain. We need also "are" becuase the subject is "the reason, the use and the meaning". We have "and", so we have a plural subject. I chose A.
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19 Sep 2008, 08:18
Thanks all.
I thought it should be plural verb since we have multiple objects followed by "what". But OA given is BBB. I need to know the usage related to this q. Thanks in advance.
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19 Sep 2008, 11:22
B.
A cannot be correct. what is much more difficult to determine [/u[u]]are the reason ...the verb "are" does not agree with "reason". if it was "reasons" i would have gone with A
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19 Sep 2008, 11:48
Richardson wrote:
Pls let me have a clear view on this...

The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

(A) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(B) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(C) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(D) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(E) are established by carbon-14 dating, but that which is much more difficult to determine is

I would have gone with (A) on the test day...
....but what is much more difficult to determine are:
(1) the reason for their decoration,
(2) the use to which primitive people put the caves, and
(3) the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

Why is this not correct? What is the source of the question?
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