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# Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes

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Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes  [#permalink]

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11 Aug 2011, 18:59
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Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldest living organism on Earth,a giant fungus that is an interwoven filigree of mushrooms and rootlike tentacles spawned by a single fertilized spore some 10.000 years ago and extending for more than 30 acres in the soil of a michigan forest.

a)extending

b)extends

c)extended

d)it extended

e)is extending

Now I understand, why C is wrong, because extended only describes in the past and current.

However I am still confusing about E, why is should be added in the sentence??

Can some explain me plz~

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Re: Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes  [#permalink]

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11 Aug 2011, 19:43
We are talking about tentacles here.

a)extending - correct

b)extends - singular verb. incorrect.

c)extended - no need of past tense

d)it extended - no need of past tense

e)is extending - singular verb. incorrect.
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11 Aug 2011, 20:39
Does the ing-form always means something continues to happen?

piyatiwari wrote:
We are talking about tentacles here.

a)extending - correct

b)extends - singular verb. incorrect.

c)extended - no need of past tense

d)it extended - no need of past tense

e)is extending - singular verb. incorrect.
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Re: Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes  [#permalink]

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11 Aug 2011, 21:19
I guess you can consider as a scenario of where the action started and is still going on..
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Re: Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes  [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2015, 03:50
Request you to not to post answers/queries/views in question window. This prevents us to analyze the question. The whole purpose of GMAT Club forums is wasted doing so.

You have response windows to do all such things.
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02 Aug 2015, 22:31
Jasontuyj2012, 'Extending' should be parallel to 'spawned' and spawned is used as a modifier not as verb. Only option A acts as modifier hence the correct answer is A. Its not because singular or action continuing to happen.
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23 Aug 2016, 11:43
Please go trough the below article which discuses this problem.

ed-forms-verbs-or-modifiers-134691.html

Basically we need to understand when the usage of Verb-ED modifiers / Verbs form are correct.

Spawned is acting as a modifier and extending is also acting as a modifier. So both are in parallel.
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16 Jan 2019, 00:24
Jasontuyj2012 wrote:
Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldest living organism on Earth,a giant fungus that is an interwoven filigree of mushrooms and rootlike tentacles spawned by a single fertilized spore some 10.000 years ago and extending for more than 30 acres in the soil of a michigan forest.

a)extending

b)extends

c)extended

d)it extended

e)is extending

Now I understand, why C is wrong, because extended only describes in the past and current.

However I am still confusing about E, why is should be added in the sentence??

Can some explain me plz~

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/scientists-h ... -9394.html
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Re: Scientist have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldes   [#permalink] 16 Jan 2019, 00:24
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