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QOTD: Sixty-five million years ago, according to some scientists, an a

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Could someone explain, would it be wrong to use 'plant and animal extinctions' instead of 'the plant and animal extinctions' here, as it varies in the options?

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Could someone explain, would it be wrong to use 'plant and animal extinctions' instead of 'the plant and animal extinctions' here, as it varies in the options?


Not using "the" is also alright in this case - if the "extinctions" have already been mentioned before, then using "the" is required to refer to the previously mentioned "extinctions". Otherwise not using "the" is alright.

I have books that are not worth reading. ("books" are not mentioned before in the context.)
I have the books, which are not worth reading. ("The books" have already been intriduced before this sentence. The reader already knows which books are referred to.)

Similarly in option E, usage of "the" implies that the reader has already been introduced to "the extinctions" before this sentence.

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New post 27 Dec 2017, 08:27
Incidentally, there's another version of this answer choice in the verbal guide (any edition): "an event that caused plant and animal extinctions, which marks..." Clearly, that's wrong for a different reason: "extinctions... marks" is a clear subject-verb error.

Either way, (D) is gone.

I think Question Reference is - VR17 286

what a brilliant way to eliminate this option. I thought 'an event' refers to 'marks'.

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