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The British scientific community was surprised when a five-millimeter-long lagoon spire snail, thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years, was found in a pond in Chichester Harbor.

A. thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years
B. which was thought to be extinct in Britain from 2,000 years ago
C. which, for 2,000 years, was thought as extinct in Britain
D. thought extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago
E. thought as extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago

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A looks correct

Note ..for 2000 years demands a perfect tense since it's not a definite time period .

Also thought as..is wrong usage.. it means more like saying though as equivalent to..

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New post 23 Jul 2018, 07:36
The question can be best understood by understanding the meaning.

1. (No errors)
2. 'from 2000 years' ago is awkward.
3. It was thought as extinct conveys that the snail = extinct. But snail is in the state of being extinct, snail and extinct are not the same. As can only be used before a noun when it conveys that the preceding noun is adopting a role.
4. It means that the snail was considered extinct 2000 years ago but not now
5. Same problem as 3.
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+1 for A.

A. thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years --> Correct, idiom usage 'thought to ..'
B. which was thought to be extinct in Britain from 2,000 years ago
C. which, for 2,000 years, was thought as extinct in Britain
D. thought extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago
E. thought as extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago

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New post 23 Jul 2018, 07:44
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The British scientific community was surprised when a five-millimeter-long lagoon spire snail, thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years, was found in a pond in Chichester Harbor.

A. thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years
B. which was thought to be extinct in Britain from 2,000 years ago
C. which, for 2,000 years, was thought as extinct in Britain
D. thought extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago
E. thought as extinct in Britain 2,000 years ago

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Nothing wrong with the original sentence, cut the fluff, it seems perfect -

The British scientific community was surprised when a five-millimeter-long lagoon spire snail, thought to have been extinct in Britain for 2,000 years, was found in a pond in Chichester Harbor.

Errors in other options marked in red, correct Answer must be (A)
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