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# The discovery of a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a

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The discovery of a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity in this part of the world and the dangers inherent in the destruction of unexplored jungle anywhere.

A. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

B. previously unknown giant rats and tiny possums in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

C. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates how incredibly diverse they are

D. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates the incredible diversity

E. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate how incredibly diverse it is

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03 Jun 2018, 00:03
Bunuel wrote:
The discovery of a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity in this part of the world and the dangers inherent in the destruction of unexplored jungle anywhere.

A. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

B. previously unknown giant rats and tiny possums in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

C. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates how incredibly diverse they are

D. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates the incredible diversity

E. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate how incredibly diverse it is

The discovery..demonstrates.
Between C and D, C disrupts the parallelism by using 'how incredibly...' for the first part.

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The discovery (singular) of a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity in this part of the world and the dangers inherent in the destruction of unexplored jungle anywhere.

A. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate (plural) the incredible diversity

B. previously unknown giant rats and tiny possums in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate (plural) the incredible diversity

C. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates how incredibly diverse they are - distorts the meaning, comparing the animals with each other.

D. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates the incredible diversity - correct

E. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate (plural) how incredibly diverse it is
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06 Jun 2018, 08:14
IMO the answer should be D. As only C and D demostrate correct SV pair. But C uses demonstrates and how. Kind of redundant and wordy.
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10 Jun 2018, 02:28
Bunuel wrote:
The discovery of a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity in this part of the world and the dangers inherent in the destruction of unexplored jungle anywhere.

A. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

B. previously unknown giant rats and tiny possums in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate the incredible diversity

C. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates how incredibly diverse they are

D. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrates the incredible diversity

E. a previously unknown giant rat and a tiny possum in a remote Indonesian jungle demonstrate how incredibly diverse it is

VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

A primary decision point on this problem is the difference between the singular verb "demonstrates" in choices (C) and (D) and the plural verb "demonstrate" in (A), (B), and (E). Here it is important to find the subject of that verb, which appears before the underline: "the discovery."

Note that the prepositional phrase "of a rat and possum" serves to modify the discovery - always be certain to assess modifying phrases when you're looking for the subject of a sentence.

Because the subject "discovery" is singular, you need the verb "demonstrates" and can eliminate (A), (B), and (E).

Between (C) and (D), note the logical problem introduced in (C) with the phrase "they are." That version of the sentence would say, essentially, that the discovery serves to demonstrate how diverse this rat and possum are in Indonesia, an illogical meaning of the sentence, which instead is trying to say that the discovery highlights the overall diversity in the region and the dangers of affecting that diversity with jungle destruction.

Choice (D) uses proper subject-verb agreement and conveys a logical meaning, and is therefore correct.
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