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# The Greek mathematician Archimedes is most famous for discovering that

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The Greek mathematician Archimedes is most famous for discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have the same volume as the object itself.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of
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16 Oct 2014, 20:49
why is the Answer A and not E . The other options are self expalnatory.
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why is the Answer A and not E . The other options are self expalnatory.

use of when is incorrect..when is used to describe time
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The Greek mathematician Archimedes is most famous for discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have the same volume as the object itself.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have - Correct
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of - plural 'objects' and 'they' in underlined portion do not match with singular 'object' in non-underlined portion.
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has - Has must be have
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of - Change in meaning. Here, emphasize is given to that Quantities are observed instead of that quantities of water displaced.
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of - wordy and not crisp in meaning.

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The Greek mathematician Archimedes is most famous for discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have the same volume as the object itself.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of

The Greek mathematician Archimedes is most famous for discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have the same volume as the object itself.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have : the best
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of :Change meaniny
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has : Quantities _Has : Wrong
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of : discover must go with that
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of : wordy, change meaning
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03 Dec 2016, 00:23
A. "Quantities of water ...have the same volume.." Sounds extremely awkward!

I went with E in spite of the fact it was wordy.
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16 Dec 2016, 09:07
I picked A, but I think each answer is wrong.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have
quantities don't have volume rather water has volume.
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of
pronoun "they" has no antecedent.
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has
quantities ... has violates S/V agreement.
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of
discovering the quantities of water + modifier. seems quantities of water were discovered.
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of
here "water" acts as an adjective so it can not be the direct object of verb "replaces". therefore the valid direct object of the verb "replaces" is "quantities" ... it's not logical.
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22 Jan 2017, 05:24
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I picked A, but I think each answer is wrong.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have
quantities don't have volume rather water has volume.
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of
pronoun "they" has no antecedent.
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has
quantities ... has violates S/V agreement.
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of
discovering the quantities of water + modifier. seems quantities of water were discovered.
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of
here "water" acts as an adjective so it can not be the direct object of verb "replaces". therefore the valid direct object of the verb "replaces" is "quantities" ... it's not logical.

Hello raghaw,

B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of

is objects is not an antecedent of they ??
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22 Jan 2017, 21:58
Hi experts,
Is "quantities of water" similar to "2 litre of water"?
I mean the latter is singular,then why should we treat the first as plural?

AmI misunderstanding thing?
Thanks
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24 Jan 2017, 11:29
sleepynut wrote:
Hi experts,
Is "quantities of water" similar to "2 litre of water"?
I mean the latter is singular,then why should we treat the first as plural?

AmI misunderstanding thing?
Thanks

"Quantities of water" is wrong. This seems to be an oversight by the author.

First: water is neither singular nor plural. It is uncountable.
Second: In constructions such as quantity of X, amount of X, number of X,[ etc/i] the words [i]quantity, amount, number etc. are never plural (irrespective of X).

Quantity of water.... correct
Number of pens..... correct
Amount of milk ......correct
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25 Jan 2017, 07:33
nitiny wrote:
raghaw wrote:
I picked A, but I think each answer is wrong.

A. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object have
quantities don't have volume rather water has volume.
B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of
pronoun "they" has no antecedent.
C. discovering that the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object has
quantities ... has violates S/V agreement.
D. discovering the quantities of water displaced by an immersed object of
discovering the quantities of water + modifier. seems quantities of water were discovered.
E. his discovery of the fact that an object displaces water quantities, when immersed, of
here "water" acts as an adjective so it can not be the direct object of verb "replaces". therefore the valid direct object of the verb "replaces" is "quantities" ... it's not logical.

Hello raghaw,

B. his discovery that by immersing objects in water, they displace quantities of

is objects is not an antecedent of they ??

True, "Objects" can be antecedent of "they". But prepositional phrase is also a modifier, so it must be followed by someone who immersed objects in water.
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10 Mar 2017, 01:03
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sleepynut wrote:
Hi experts,
Is "quantities of water" similar to "2 litre of water"?
I mean the latter is singular,then why should we treat the first as plural?

AmI misunderstanding thing?
Thanks

"Quantities of water" is wrong. This seems to be an oversight by the author.

First: water is neither singular nor plural. It is uncountable.
Second: In constructions such as quantity of X, amount of X, number of X,[ etc/i] the words [i]quantity, amount, number etc. are never plural (irrespective of X).

Quantity of water.... correct
Number of pens..... correct
Amount of milk ......correct

Hi brother,

Considering the fact that "Quantities of water" is wrong, don't you think this question is wrong?
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sayantanc2k wrote:
sleepynut wrote:
Hi experts,
Is "quantities of water" similar to "2 litre of water"?
I mean the latter is singular,then why should we treat the first as plural?

AmI misunderstanding thing?
Thanks

"Quantities of water" is wrong. This seems to be an oversight by the author.

First: water is neither singular nor plural. It is uncountable.
Second: In constructions such as quantity of X, amount of X, number of X,[ etc/i] the words [i]quantity, amount, number etc. are never plural (irrespective of X).

Quantity of water.... correct
Number of pens..... correct
Amount of milk ......correct

NY Times:

Sometimes that process isn’t as straightforward as it should be: People with a syndrome called polydipsia feel excessive thirst and drink enormous quantities of water
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/scie ... drink.html

It takes huge quantities of water to produce electricity from a plant powered by nuclear energy or fossil fuels, and it also takes lots of energy to pump and process the water that irrigates fields and supplies cities.
https://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/19/busi ... een19.html

According to NYT, it seems to be acceptable in the context of measures "liters, tons, oz." to use quantities. Although I have seen in NYT a lot of controversial stuff such as "family, who live in Washington, have social benefits"
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31 Jan 2019, 03:31
In option B it is not clear what the antecedent of “they” is. Hence, B should be discarded. C has a very clear subject verb disagreement. ‘quantities’ is plural but is paired with a singular verb ‘has’. C should also be discarded. D has a modifier error, “displaced by…” is modifying “discovering the quantities of water”. This makes it sound like the quantities of water are what Archimedes discovered. E has a really strange error. In E, water is used as an adjective for quantities. This is very odd and does not make sense.

So, A is the best option.
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01 Feb 2019, 01:01
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Is E wrong only because of the modifier "when immersed" placed ambiguously?
Isn't the phrase "...famous for his discovery of the fact..." better than "...famous for discovering...."
Please shed ur thoughts
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