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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce

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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

A: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year

B: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, the birds’ normal location at this time of year

C: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

D: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

E: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, was seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, its normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

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Two calliopes is mentioned so we need humming birds i.e. plural
So C and E are out

A- wrong as it indicates normal flight path aS gulf of Mexico ,it is not path it is the place


B-wrong as it says gulf of Mexico is birds normal location.it is not intended meaning here

D correctly conveys intended meaning and also usage of semicolon is appropriate distinguishing two independent sentences appropriately.

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Re: Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce [#permalink]

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New post 12 May 2018, 13:12
I think Option A is the correct answer.
Here, “hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each” defines calliopes(a special type of hummingbird) perfectly.
The subject “two calliopes” is plural so the verb is also plural “were seen”.
The last portion of the sentence “the birds’ normal location at this time of the year” perfectly defines the location “the Gulf of Mexico”.


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New post 13 May 2018, 00:38
i am not sure why b is wrong. because of "instead", pls help explain more
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i am not sure why b is wrong. because of "instead", pls help explain more

I think it should be over the gulf of mexico not in gulf of Mexico
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New post 13 May 2018, 01:22
why is D preferred over B .
" the birds’ normal location at this time of year" correctly modifies the guld of mexico.
D s lengthly and redundant. Also ; means a new sentence. Do we need a new sentence here?
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Re: Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce [#permalink]

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Hello thangvietnam,

let me explain you what I have understood.
option B is incorrect coz it has misplaced noun modifier- "the birds’ normal location at this time of year"...it is not clear that this part refers to 'northeastern parks and conservancy centers' or 'gulf of Mexico'.
Note-Noun modifier can modify:1. whole preceding clause...2.preceding noun...3.subject of the preceding clause.
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As you assess your decision points on this problem, you should quickly see that you're presented with a singular/plural choice between "hummingbirds" and "a hummingbird" as the first word of each choice. Note that in this case, that noun as the beginning of an appositive modifier describing "two calliopes." For this reason, you need a plural noun to agree with the plural "calliopes," so you can eliminate (C) and (E).

A less-obvious decision point is the main difference between (A), (B), and (D). (D) is the only of the remaining choices (choice (C) does this as well) that adds the preposition "over" before "the Gulf of Mexico." Choices (A) and (B) omit this extra pronoun, which creates the illogical/ridiculous meaning "the birds were seeing flying in several parks instead of (in) the Gulf of Mexico." When two items are connected using the same preposition (for example "Katie is a standout in both the pool and the classroom") that preposition must logically work with each noun. "In the Gulf of Mexico" suggests that the birds were flying underwater, an illogical meaning. Therefore only choice (D) can be correct.
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Recently, two calliopes, hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year.

A: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, their normal flight path at this time of year

B: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers instead of the Gulf of Mexico, the birds’ normal location at this time of year

C: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

D: hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico

E: a hummingbird that weighs one-tenth of an ounce, was seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, its normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico


1. The obvious one. two calliopes - plural, so the description must also be plural ---> C, E are out.
2. What is wrong with A. It seems like we compare place (several northeastern parks and conservancy centers) with path (the bird\s flight pass). It is not good.
3. What is wrong with B. It is no sense that these birds live in a Gilf of Mexicoin this time of year - very strange meaning.

4. D. Semicolon is the best here.
hummingbirds that weigh one-tenth of an ounce each, were seen flying in several northeastern parks and conservancy centers; at this time of year, the birds’ normal flight path is over the Gulf of Mexico
Two independent clauses. No wrong comparisons. No distortion of the meaning.
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