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The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed that the sun was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case.

A) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case
B) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it is actually the case
C) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than they actually are
D) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case
E) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it actually is

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Originally posted by dimmak on 27 Jul 2018, 17:19.
Last edited by workout on 27 Jul 2018, 18:59, edited 1 time in total.
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The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed that the sun was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case .

A) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case
B) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it is actually the case
C) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than they actually are
D) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case
E) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it actually is


1. We have "that" before the sun, so it is actually gives us right to throw out D and E.
Because or "believed that the sun" or "believed the sun to be". The second one is not our case.
D, E are out.

2. C is out to. We have "they" here. And it unclear to who it refers. There has to be Earth or Sun. So no place for They.

3. I am not one hundreed percent sure about it. But I suppose that B is out too.
"it" is needless as I think.

So, A.
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+1 for A.

A) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case --> Correct, rectifies diction error, and has no pronoun ambiguity
B) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it is actually the case
C) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than they actually are
D) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case
E) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it actually is

Hence, A.
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The Greek philosopher Heraclitus believed that the sun was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case.

A) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case

B) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it is actually the case

No logical antecedent for pronoun "it" INCORRECT

C) was far smaller and far closer to the Earth than they actually are

No antecedent for pronoun "they" INCORRECT

D) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than is actually the case

"believed" is an indicative mood. Hence the use of subjunctive "to be" is INCORRECT

E) to be far smaller and far closer to the Earth than it actually is

"believed" is an indicative mood. Hence the use of subjunctive "to be" is INCORRECT

Hence option A
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New post 28 Jul 2018, 20:14
How I figured the correct choice is explained below.

believed that the sun.(Underlined part).
Here that clause demand verb. so D and E is clearly out.
In C, "they" is wrong pronoun here.
In B, "it" is ambiguous pronoun.
A is clear and error free.
A is answer.
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