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The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they
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The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they


Hi,
Please underline the portion..
Now the Q..

1) verb- help vs helps
the verb refers to 'bone structure', which is singular and so should correctle be HELPS
A and D can be eliminated

2) pronoun IT vs THEY..
logically the pronoun refers to "bird-hipped dinosaurs", so THEY is correct.. An OBSERVATION on this slightly later
B, C, and D can be eliminated..
ONLY E left


ans E

However other flaws..

3) Modifier- having vs with
having is verb+ing, so modifies the entire clause.. Not correct here
so WITH is correct

Now on the pronoun THEY


The first usage of NOUN "bird-hipped dinosaurs" is in POSSESIVE form, so in many ocassion it has been seen that possesive form/Object does not directly refer to the SUBJECT pronoun..
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Vinayprajapati wrote:
The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they


Hi,
Please underline the portion..
Now the Q..

1) verb- help vs helps
the verb refers to 'bone structure', which is singular and so should correctle be HELPS
A and D can be eliminated

2) pronoun IT vs THEY..
logically the pronoun refers to "bird-hipped dinosaurs", so THEY is correct.. An OBSERVATION on this slightly later
B, C, and D can be eliminated..
ONLY E left


ans E

However other flaws..

3) Modifier- having vs with
having is verb+ing, so modifies the entire clause.. Not correct here
so WITH is correct

Now on the pronoun THEY


The first usage of NOUN "bird-hipped dinosaurs" is in POSSESIVE form, so in many ocassion it has been seen that possesive form/Object does not directly refer to the SUBJECT pronoun..


Thanks Underlined the text.

I have a doubt here... " They" may also refer to paleontologists??

Thanks

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chetan2u wrote:
Vinayprajapati wrote:
The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they


Hi,
Please underline the portion..
Now the Q..

1) verb- help vs helps
the verb refers to 'bone structure', which is singular and so should correctle be HELPS
A and D can be eliminated

2) pronoun IT vs THEY..
logically the pronoun refers to "bird-hipped dinosaurs", so THEY is correct.. An OBSERVATION on this slightly later
B, C, and D can be eliminated..
ONLY E left


ans E

However other flaws..

3) Modifier- having vs with
having is verb+ing, so modifies the entire clause.. Not correct here
so WITH is correct

Now on the pronoun THEY


The first usage of NOUN "bird-hipped dinosaurs" is in POSSESIVE form, so in many ocassion it has been seen that possesive form/Object does not directly refer to the SUBJECT pronoun..


Thanks Underlined the text.

I have a doubt here... They may also refer to paleontologists??
Thanks


Yes, you are correct..
Logically it should point to "bird-hipped dinosaurs" and Grammatically it points towards "paleontologists"...
since there is no BETTER choice, we will have to select logical view..

Fortunately, in ACTUALS, this situation would be rare..
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Vinayprajapati wrote:
The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they


The moment i glanced over the choices i saw 2/3 and 3/2 split of having/with, helpS/help and they/it.

As it is clear that "it" cannot refer to dinosaurS, hence we are left with A and E only.

Again help is wrong verb for Structure. So D is out.

Now E is the only choice left, which is correct.
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I have a doubt with the pronoun "they" being ambiguous.Please shed some light on that


Hi bhamini1,

Definition : Any relative pronoun such as that, which, who would ALWAYS refer to the NEAREST POSSIBLE ANTECEDENT. This antecedent is NEAREST POSIBLE PART OF THE SENTENCE NOT PART OF SPEECH.

Always take the help of the object whenever you see a situation like this. Pronoun abiguity whether "they" refer to "paleontologists" OR "dinosaurs" is actually not there if you read "they evolved independently of other dinosaurs", which is very clear in its meaning.

So definitly 'THEY' doesn't refer to anything BUT dinosaurs.

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Vinayprajapati wrote:
The bone structure of bird-hipped dinosaurs, having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they evolved independently of other dinosaurs.

a) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain why paleontologists believe that they
b) having pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that it
c) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain paleontologists' believing that it
d) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, help explain paleontologists' believing that it
e) with pubic bones which point downward and toward the tail, helps explain why paleontologists believe that they


It / They
Since bird hipped dinosaurs is plural.. they will be refer to them.
BCD / AE

help / helps
The bone structure is singular and hence must use a singular verb helps.
AD / BCE

paleontologists / paleontologists'
paleontologists believe is correct
CD / ABE

believing / believe
CD / ABE

Answer E
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