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Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted

(B) more than had been sighted

(C) more than they had sighted

(D) more than had reported sightings

(E) which is more than had reported sightings
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I try to explain with what I got. This is a case of Active voice vs passive. Here 'they' represents UFO's only but that clause should be in passive voice which is not present in choice B. Because UFOs have to be sighted by someone and it is the not the case that UFOs have sighted in the past ten years.

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I think C is right because in B and D no subject. Run on sentence. A has relative pronoun ambiguity and verb agreement error.
Same error in E.

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A and E can be eliminated since both use 'which' (can only be used to refer back to noun immediately before comma)

C has a pronoun 'they' which introduces ambiguity in the sentence and has no clear antecedent.
You can replace 'they' with 'the movie' in option 'C' and it will still make sense.

'D' introduces reported which causes parallelism error 'have been sighted' before the comma must be parallel to what comes after more than.

This leaves us to option 'B' which is correct.

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Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted

(B) more than had been sighted

(C) more than they had sighted

(D) more than had reported sightings

(E) which is more than had reported sightings

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A or B
Not sure about which, though

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Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted

(B) more than had been sighted

(C) more than they had sighted

(D) more than had reported sightings

(E) which is more than had reported sightings

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Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted(comma which error-which ambiguously refers to state)

(B) more than had been sighted(correct)

(C) more than they had sighted(they-pronoun ambiguity)

(D) more than had reported sightings(awkward)

(E) which is more than had reported sightings(which is ambiguously referring to the state)

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aribandiv wrote:
Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted

(B) more than had been sighted

(C) more than they had sighted

(D) more than had reported sightings

(E) which is more than had reported sightings

Can any of the experts explain this question in detail?
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A /E. Wrong - "which" is a relative pronoun and hence must refer to a noun. In this sentence, "which" refers wrongly to the (adjacent) noun "state".

C. The pronoun "they" wrongly refers to "UFOs".

D. The verb "had reported" does not have a subject ("UFOs" cannot report).

The best option among those given is B. The part "more than had been sighted.." is a modifier for the noun "seventeen UFOs". Compare with the following:
I have many issues, more than (the number of issues that) you have.

Similarly,
Seventeen UFOs have been sighted, more than (the numbers of UFOs that) had been sighted....

However the use of past perfect "had been" seems wrong to me. There is no reference of another verb /time before which this verb occurs.

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sayantanc2k wrote:
aribandiv wrote:
Since the movie was released seventeen UFOs have been sighted in the state, which is more than had been sighted in the past ten years together.

(A) which is more than had been sighted

(B) more than had been sighted

(C) more than they had sighted

(D) more than had reported sightings

(E) which is more than had reported sightings

Can any of the experts explain this question in detail?
Thanks in advance


A /E. Wrong - "which" is a relative pronoun and hence must refer to a noun. In this sentence, "which" refers wrongly to the (adjacent) noun "state".

C. The pronoun "they" wrongly refers to "UFOs".

D. The verb "had reported" does not have a subject ("UFOs" cannot report).

The best option among those given is B. The part "more than had been sighted.." is a modifier for the noun "seventeen UFOs". Compare with the following:
I have many issues, more than (the number of issues that) you have.

Similarly,
Seventeen UFOs have been sighted, more than (the numbers of UFOs that) had been sighted....

However the use of past perfect "had been" seems wrong to me. There is no reference of another verb /time before which this verb occurs.


So you think that
F. more than has/have been sighted would be better in this case?

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