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# The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains

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The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed over long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

A. that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed
B. that the characteristics that have been possessed by any given species had developed
C. that the characteristics of any given species were possessed and have developed
D. the characteristics of any given species to be a possession developed
E. the characteristics that are possessed by any given species to have been developed

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03 May 2017, 07:09
Need explanation why C is wrong .
According to logic - Charcs were possessed and have developed states that - They were possessed in the past and have developed ...
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Hey. Can you help me here. How can I narrow the answer choices here.
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09 May 2017, 05:17
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Need explanation why C is wrong .
According to logic - Charcs were possessed and have developed states that - They were possessed in the past and have developed ...

when you say characteristics were possessed it means that they are not possessed any more. This doesn't go with the logic of the sentence.Hence wrong.
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13 May 2017, 03:02
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The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed over long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed

that the characteristics that have been possessed by any given species had developed

that the characteristics of any given species were possessed and have developed

the characteristics of any given species to be a possession developed

the characteristics that are possessed by any given species to have been developed

Hi,

How can A be the right answer choice? Doesn't it sound awkward and incomplete? How can B be eliminated? Plese help..

Thanks,
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13 May 2017, 03:41
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target2015 wrote:
The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed over long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed

that the characteristics that have been possessed by any given species had developed

that the characteristics of any given species were possessed and have developed

the characteristics of any given species to be a possession developed

the characteristics that are possessed by any given species to have been developed

Hi,

How can A be the right answer choice? Doesn't it sound awkward and incomplete? How can B be eliminated? Plese help..

Thanks,
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B is wrong because of the wrong tenses used.
Past perfect tense is used to convey a time line of events when there are two actions in the past that are related.

For example : I remained in bed all week as i had sprained my leg during the football match.
Spraining happened before remaining in bed hence use past perfect tense.

Also there is no need of have been. Have been is used to convey an event that happened in the past that is continuing right now or whose effects are still continuing .
To convey the intended meaning we simply need to use simple present tense.

Hope i am clear.
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daagh sayantanc2k
Hey. Can you help me here. How can I narrow the answer choices here.

1. Any reported speech has to be introduced by a relative pronoun such as 'that'. Therefore, D and E are gone. Among A, B, and C
An evolutionary theory is a universal and perpetual phenomenon and not just about a single or even a few events.
Keep A for the moment and look at the others. B says that some features have been possessed implying that these are not any more possessed. The use of 'had developed' is also dubious, as we cannot have the past perfect without a regular past tense. C is also wrong because the characteristics are not possessed anymore.

The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed over long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed

that the characteristics that have been possessed by any given species had developed

that the characteristics of any given species were possessed and have developed

the characteristics of any given species to be a possession developed

the characteristics that are possessed by any given species to have been developed
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The evolutionary theory of punctuated equilibrium maintains that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed over long periods of stability interrupted by short periods of rapid change.

A) that the characteristics that are possessed by any given species developed
B) that the characteristics that have been possessed by any given species had developed
C) that the characteristics of any given species were possessed and have developed
D) the characteristics of any given species to be a possession developed
E) the characteristics that are possessed by any given species to have been developed
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