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# The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a

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The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

A.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
C. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
D. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were the first balloon passengers to ascend
E. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

a tough one
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16 May 2007, 05:47
Yup its a bit tough !!

List is ending properly with an "and" in all options

E - wrong ( ascending - wrong tense )
D - wrong ( "that were the first balloon passengers" dont need "that"
can directly say "were the first balloon passengers" )

its tough between B & C ( there is no option A )

I will go with B

My Reason:
In B the subject is "The first balloon passengers" which is OK !!
but
In C the subject is a compound subject that needs "and"
(e.g. x and y and z ....)
thats what i think ....

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16 May 2007, 06:47
(B) seems correct!

(C), (D) and ( E) changes meaning! these answers sounds like the animals were the first passanger that ascended from Versailles, but in fact they werde the first passangers ever in a baloon! (A) has passive voice and sounds awkward.

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16 May 2007, 07:46
i disagree with u fellas.....
b says 'a rooster that'...... was it the rooster only who ascended?
b is definitly out.....C remains.....
thats wot I think...... pls correct me.....
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21 May 2007, 18:55
Even i don't see any reason why B is right and c is not.

"that" can refer only immediate precedence, so in B it does not refer to all of them
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21 May 2007, 20:17
C for the same reason as pointed out by devansh_god.
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21 May 2007, 20:29
Jamesk486 wrote:
The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

A.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
C. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
D. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were the first balloon passengers to ascend
E. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

a tough one

C for me.

In B), 'that' refers to the rooster, not all the passengers.
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21 May 2007, 22:02
B is my choice.
As mentioned in one of the earlier posts, that refers "a sheep, a duck, and a rooster".

Problem with C is that "that" refers to "passengers".
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21 May 2007, 23:15
that refers to "passengers" which comprises the three beings.
So, B seems to be correct.
What's the OA?
devansh_god wrote:
i disagree with u fellas.....
b says 'a rooster that'...... was it the rooster only who ascended?
b is definitly out.....C remains.....
thats wot I think...... pls correct me.....
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22 May 2007, 10:01
Artemov wrote:
that refers to "passengers" which comprises the three beings.
So, B seems to be correct.
What's the OA?
devansh_god wrote:
i disagree with u fellas.....
b says 'a rooster that'...... was it the rooster only who ascended?
b is definitly out.....C remains.....
thats wot I think...... pls correct me.....

Doesnt A fit here...Actually we need passive voice here as the animals did not ascend themselves....Probably thinking out of the box
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22 May 2007, 18:46
It would be C if there was 'who' instead of 'that'.
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22 May 2007, 22:06
The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

A.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended

A is def. out because of the use of "were" before ascended. If the sentence is read as
The first balloon passengers....that ascended..
Choice B seemed appropriate.

[It must be noted, though, that the omitted portion is not an independent clause]

vij101 wrote:
Artemov wrote:
that refers to "passengers" which comprises the three beings.
So, B seems to be correct.
What's the OA?
devansh_god wrote:
i disagree with u fellas.....
b says 'a rooster that'...... was it the rooster only who ascended?
b is definitly out.....C remains.....
thats wot I think...... pls correct me.....

Doesnt A fit here...Actually we need passive voice here as the animals did not ascend themselves....Probably thinking out of the box
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22 May 2007, 22:10
Jamesk486 wrote:
The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

A.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
C. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
D. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were the first balloon passengers to ascend
E. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

a tough one

C. only has clear pronoun "that" thatr refers to passangers. So C should be the answer.
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22 May 2007, 22:12
This is a good one! My choice is C.

Can someone please post the OA?
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24 May 2007, 10:46
I think the ans is B...

except A and B, all other options distort the meaning, implying that sheep, duct and rooster were the first passengers to ascend from Versailles.

Sheep, duct and rooster were the first balloon passengers and it was the balloon that ascended from Versailles

between A and B, A is gramatically incorrect.
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24 May 2007, 11:17
A. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended – sentence construction – too long.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
C. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
D. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were the first balloon passengers to ascend – Misplaced Pronoun
E. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending – what does that mean? Verb Tense.

Ok so A, D & E can be eliminated straight away.

left with B & C

B - Changes the context slightly. It seems to say that the first passengers a sheep and a duck but rooster was the one who ascended!!!

So I am left with C which says it quite correctly. With the pronouns in the right place.

Hence C is the correct answer.
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24 May 2007, 11:17
Jamesk486 wrote:
The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were ascended from Versailles, France, in a basket beneath a hot-air balloon in September 1783.

A.
B. The first balloon passengers were a sheep, a duck, and a rooster that ascended
C. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers that ascended
D. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster that were the first balloon passengers to ascend
E. A sheep, a duck, and a rooster were the first balloon passengers ascending

a tough one

I will go with C.
B) Akward construction
C) Perfectly manages the tense.
D) Changes the tense and meaning.
E) Changes the tense and meaning.
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29 May 2007, 20:21
In this sentence, subject(noun) is passengers ,and that refers to passegers. Option C should be correct choice.
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30 May 2007, 11:07
A real good one. Between B and C , I am still not able to digest ".. rooster that ...' in B.

Still need more logic to negate C as an option.
30 May 2007, 11:07
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