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# Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to

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Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to which tectonic plates have been shifted from their previous positions by earthquakes and other similar phenomena.

A. to which tectonic plates have been shifted
B. to which tectonic plates have shifted
C. of the shift of tectonic plates
D. of tectonic plate shifting
E. that tectonic plates have been shifted

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23 Feb 2006, 03:22
hm...

the by indicates that we need passive voice, so either A or E in this case

I think it's E

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A it is for sure.

'by' suggests the sentence is in passive voice hence 'have been shifted............. by '
the plates have been shifted BY THE earthquake,therefore A.

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23 Feb 2006, 05:03
The scientists are presently determining .... something that begun in the past and has been continuing... due to some reason.
Requires a present perfect continous... "Have Been"
and hence it is A.
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23 Feb 2006, 05:03
but why co you choose "the extent to which", rather than "extent that" ?

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23 Feb 2006, 07:19
B) is wrong cause tectonic plates can not move by themselves
hope that helps

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23 Feb 2006, 08:02
El Torro wrote:
The scientists are presently determining .... something that begun in the past and has been continuing... due to some reason.
Requires a present perfect continous... "Have Been"
and hence it is A.

arriba arriba el toro!! Nice explanation

Choose (A) and click confirm...

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23 Feb 2006, 13:29
another one for A

Extent to is the correct idiom, extent of and extent that are incorrect.

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23 Feb 2006, 14:01
GMATT73 wrote:
El Torro wrote:
The scientists are presently determining .... something that begun in the past and has been continuing... due to some reason.
Requires a present perfect continous..
. "Have Been"
and hence it is A.

arriba arriba el toro!! Nice explanation

Choose (A) and click confirm...

If this is the case (Bold part above), then shouldn't we be using "have been shifting"???

I think BG is right on target. B) is wrong cause tectonic plates can not move by themselves.

BTW OA is A.
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24 Feb 2006, 14:16
I think its A

i agree with ps_dahiya, 'have been' is needed because, as mentioned before, the plates are being shifted by earthquakes, they are not sifting themselves.. i dont think 'have been' is needed here because of the explanation given by el torro.

El Torro wrote:
The scientists are presently determining .... something that begun in the past and has been continuing... due to some reason.
Requires a present perfect continous... "Have Been"
and hence it is A.

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A. to which tectonic plates have been shifted
--> correct the plates are shifted by something else....
B. to which tectonic plates have shifted
--> gives impression that tectonic plates are shifting by themselves
C. of the shift of tectonic plates
--> I agree... "extent of" not correct
D. of tectonic plate shifting
--> I agree... "extent of" not correct
E. that tectonic plates have been shifted
--> I agree... "extent that" not correct

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Re: Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to [#permalink]

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Re: Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to [#permalink]

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11 Nov 2017, 10:39
ps_dahiya wrote:
Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to which tectonic plates have been shifted from their previous positions by earthquakes and other similar phenomena.

A. to which tectonic plates have been shifted
B. to which tectonic plates have shifted
C. of the shift of tectonic plates
D. of tectonic plate shifting
E. that tectonic plates have been shifted

but the right idiom is "extent of" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Scientists are currently trying to determine the extent to [#permalink]

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11 Nov 2017, 11:59
sumanainampudi wrote:
but the right idiom is "extent of" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

the extent to which = the degree to which something happens or is likely to happen

to the extent of = so strongly that

Both are correct , it depends on the usage...
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