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The order Rodentia, consisting of over 2,000 species constituting over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their smallest member, the African pygmy mouse.

A) constituting over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their
B) constituting over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to its
C) which constitute over 40% of all mammalian species, vary in size from the massive Capybara to their
D) which constitute over 40% of all mammalian species, vary in size from the massive Capybara to its
E) which constitutes over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their
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The order Rodentia is singular; therefore its verb or pronoun should be singular --- (varies and its)
2000 species is plural, therefore its verb should be plural – (constitute)


A) constituting over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their --- 'their' referring to the singular order Rodentia is wrong
B) constituting over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to its -----keep it
C) which constitute over 40% of all mammalian species, vary in size from the massive Capybara to their --- 'vary' is the verb for Rodentia: the plural verb 'vary' is wrong, and 'their' should be changed to its --- wrong choice
D) which constitute over 40% of all mammalian species, vary in size from the massive Capybara to its --- ‘vary’ is wrong verb as in C
E) which constitutes over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their --- ‘Which constitutes” is wrong number agreement between the plural 2000 species, and the singular ‘constitutes’; ‘their’ is wrong pronoun
B is the correct choice with proper number agreement and pronoun agreement
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why other patterns won't work?

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he order Rodentia, consisting of over 2,000 species, which constitutes over 40% of all mammalian species, varies in size from the massive Capybara to their smallest member, the African pygmy mouse.

The bolded text above represents two non-restrictive clauses placed one after another. The commas are used correctly, but the sentence still reads awkwardly. We don't typically stack those clauses like that because doing so creates odd pauses that disrupt the flow of the sentence.
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