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# SV Agreement Revision: Mathematical analysis of humpback whale sounds

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Mathematical analysis of humpback whale sounds provide evidence that animals other than humans use a hierarchical structure of communication.

A. provide evidence that animals other than humans
B. provides evidence that animals other than humans
C. provide evidence that an animal other than humans
D. provides evidence that an animal other than a human
E. provide evidence that animals, like humans,

Spoiler: :: OE
The original sentence contains a subject-verb agreement issue. The singular noun
"analysis" does not agree with the plural verb "provide."
(A) This choice is incorrect as it repeats the original sentence.
(B) CORRECT. This choice correctly uses the singular verb "provides" to agree with
the singular noun "analysis."
(C) This choice contains incorrect subject-verb agreement. The singular noun
"analysis" does not agree with the plural verb "provide." In addition, the singular noun
"animal" does not agree with the plural verb "use."
(D) This choice correctly uses the singular verb "provides" to agree with the singular
noun "analysis." However, the singular noun "animal" does not agree with the plural
verb "use."
(E) This choice contains incorrect subject-verb agreement. The singular noun
"analysis" does not agree with the plural verb "provide." Moreover, the use of the
phrase "animals, like humans" sets up a comparison between animals and humans.
This nonsensically suggests that humans are not a type of animal. Moreover, the
comparison distorts the meaning of the sentence by suggesting that all animals use a
hierarchical structure of communication. In contrast, the use of the phrase "animals
other than humans" in the original sentence implies that some animals (though not
necessarily all animals), in addition to humans, use a hierarchical structure of
communication.

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13 Feb 2015, 08:54
Mathematical analysis -{SINGULAR} of humpback whale sounds provide evidence that animals other than humans use a hierarchical structure of communication.

A. provide evidence that animals other than humans - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE
B. provides evidence that animals other than humans - CORRECT
C. provide evidence that an animal other than humans - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE
D. provides evidence that an animal other than a human - use in non under lined part conveys that it should be animals {plural} not singular. ELIMINATE
E. provide evidence that animals, like humans, - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE
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05 May 2015, 17:15
321kumarsushant wrote:
Mathematical analysis -{SINGULAR} of humpback whale sounds provide evidence that animals other than humans use a hierarchical structure of communication.

A. provide evidence that animals other than humans - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE
B. provides evidence that animals other than humans - CORRECT
C. provide evidence that an animal other than humans - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE
D. provides evidence that an animal other than a human - use in non under lined part conveys that it should be animals {plural} not singular. ELIMINATE
E. provide evidence that animals, like humans, - PROVIDE PLURAL ELIMINATE

Please clarify how did we eliminate option D. The sentence talks about another animal- humpback whale other than humans. Use of singular noun seems correct to me.
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akhilbajaj wrote:
Please clarify how did we eliminate option D. The sentence talks about another animal- humpback whale other than humans. Use of singular noun seems correct to me.

Hi,

let's put D in the original sentence, and do the error analysis:

Mathematical analysis of humpback whale sounds provides evidence that an animal other than a human use a hierarchical structure of communication.

Subject - Mathematical analysis - singular, thus we need a verb in singular - provides.
OF Humpback whale is a prepositional phrase that modifies the subject mathematical analysis, hence it cannot be the subject.
THAT after evidence introduces a subordinate clause
subject is AN animal - singular, but the verb in the non-underlined part of the sentence is "use" - plural. This is incorrect. Because of this, the underlined part of the sentence must have a subject in the subordinate clause in plural form. Since A, C, and E are already eliminated, the only option left is B, which is the correct answer.
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06 May 2015, 17:04
mvictor, Thanks, Error analysis was helpful. But can we generalize the analysis of sounds of humpback whales to "animals other than humans"?

I am just trying to understand if the answer still conveys the intended meaning by the author.
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06 May 2015, 19:06
akhilbajaj wrote:
mvictor, Thanks, Error analysis was helpful. But can we generalize the analysis of sounds of humpback whales to "animals other than humans"?

I am just trying to understand if the answer still conveys the intended meaning by the author.

no, you can completely ignore everything after analysis, it is just a fluf
analysis provides evidence: animals, other than humans - use smth
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05 May 2016, 13:08
Mathematical analysis being a singular noun requires a singular verb - provides
eliminate choices A, C and E
in option D provides evidence that an animal ( wrong use it should be animals) other than a human
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25 Feb 2017, 14:11
Irrespectively of the clear problem with S-V, would E be correct ? Since the meaning should be alright or ?
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10 Mar 2017, 13:20
Mathematical analysis of humpback whale sounds provide evidence that animals other than humans use a hierarchical structure of communication.

A. provide evidence that animals other than humans
B. provides evidence that animals other than humans
C. provide evidence that an animal other than humans
D. provides evidence that an animal other than a human
E. provide evidence that animals, like humans

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Subject-verb Agreement rule:the subject and the verb should match in the representation of number ie singluar to singluar and plural to plural.
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'Mathematical analysis' is singular,'provide' should be replaced by provides.

A:Eliminated
C:Eliminated
E:Eliminated
D:The usage of singluar 'animal' is wrong since the non underlined portion has 'use' which is plural.So,we eliminate D
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26 May 2018, 09:27
Subject - Mathematical Analysis - Singular.

Verb to be used - Singular.

Option A, C, E are eliminated.

Option D: Animal is followed by a plural verb "use"

Option B is correct.
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29 Jun 2018, 21:37
In the option -provides evidence that animals other than humans - Is the word 'humans' correct?
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