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21 Oct 2008, 01:44
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of
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21 Oct 2008, 02:26
My ans is E.

Firstly, powers of observation (plural), hence 'make' and not 'makes'.
Secondly, 'which' correctly refers to 'group' that rivals the best novels.
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21 Oct 2008, 09:37
D
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21 Oct 2008, 09:40
I'm torn between D and E. I'd choose E
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21 Oct 2008, 10:08
spriya wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

A, B & C are out because of S-V disagreement. Powers plural makes singular

Between D & E, it is D.

E is wrong because

(1) Which is used with out a comma

(2) powers of O make his letters a group. Nope

D correctly conveys the meaning.
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21 Oct 2008, 10:12
Good Question.

Go with D.

possessed powers of observation that MAKE.

in E) which is not used correctly.
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21 Oct 2008, 10:58
It is definitely between D and E

the which in E does not sound good, so will go with D
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21 Oct 2008, 23:06
icandy wrote:
spriya wrote:
Byron possessed powers of observation that would have made him a great anthropologist and that makes his letters as a group the rival of the best novels of the time.

(A) makes his letters as a group the rival of
(B) makes his letters as a group one to rival
(C) makes his letters a group rivaling
(D) make his letters as a group the rival of
(E) make his letters a group which is the rival of

A, B & C are out because of S-V disagreement. Powers plural makes singular

Between D & E, it is D.

E is wrong because

(1) Which is used with out a comma

(2) powers of O make his letters a group. Nope

D correctly conveys the meaning.

Yes OA is D
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22 Oct 2008, 00:12
D makes the most sense
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