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Scientists hypothesize that Tyrannosaurus Rex was a predator so overwhelmingly powerful that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction.

A. that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction

B. that at the time of its extinction it had yet to encounter its superior

C. at the time of its extinction there was yet its superior to be encountered

D. that its superior was yet to be encountered at the time of its extinction

E. encountering its superior was yet to happen at the time of its extinction


I think option b changes the meaning. I am in dilemma whether to choose A or B.
Please advise.

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The underlined portion of the sentence contains prepositional phrases, so check for misplaced modifier errors. Because the pair of prepositional phrases at the time of its extinction is closest to the noun superior, that phrase incorrectly modifies superior rather than Tyrannosaurus rex, which is a misplaced modifier error. Eliminate A and look for obvious repeaters. Because the prepositional phrases at the time of its extinction appear at the end of choices D and E, they are obvious repeaters. Eliminate D and E. Now evaluate the remaining answer choices individually looking for reasons to eliminate each.

Choice B fixes the original misplaced modifier error by moving the phrase at the time of its extinction close to Tyrannosaurus rex and introduces no new errors, so keep choice B. Choice C fixes the misplaced modifier error but introduces an idiom error by using so without utilizing the correct idiom so…that. Eliminate C.

Originally posted by ArupRS on 20 Dec 2018, 06:47.
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Scientists hypothesize that Tyrannosaurus Rex was a predator so overwhelmingly powerful that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction.
Meaning : TR was so powerful that it didn’t encounter a superior till the time it got extinct

A. that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction
Wordy and indirect
B. that at the time of its extinction it had yet to encounter its superior
Direct
C. at the time of its extinction there was yet its superior to be encountered
There was..awkward

D. that its superior was yet to be encountered at the time of its extinction
Superior was yet to be encountered vs it was yet to encounter its superior ..
Second makes TR as the main subject , so is direct

E. encountering its superior was yet to happen at the time of its extinction
Very indirect and awkward way of saying

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Scientists hypothesize that Tyrannosaurus Rex was a predator so overwhelmingly powerful that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction.

A. that it had yet to be encountered by its superior at the time of its extinction /this goes to passive voice and diction is ot very clear

B. that at the time of its extinction it had yet to encounter its superior

C. at the time of its extinction there was yet its superior to be encountered
: Pronoun reference there was does not point to anything before.
D. that its superior was yet to be encountered at the time of its extinction: It changes the meaning, orignal meaning was that Rex had not met his super that time.

E. encountering its superior was yet to happen at the time of its extinction. encountering is acting as a modifier. You need a full sentence

B seems to be logical of all, however i am still not sure why we had to use "had",
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