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A. UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
This option has two problems firstly 'and' is is used for the formation of 'compound subject' and such subjects are plural. So, the subject in this case is plural and 'have' should have been used rather than 'has' ,the issue is of subject-verb agreement. Secondly public is singular and 'their' is plural so it's a pronoun mismatch.

B. UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has


This is is the case of compound subject so 'have' should have been used. And, 'they' has no specific antecedent.

C. UFOs as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have

Note: As a rule of thumb , only 'and' can be used for the formation of compound subjects. The additives(such as: 'as well as', 'along with', ' accompanied by'etc.) cannot be used for formation of compound subject. For example: Bella, as well as Jacob, is going to hunt vampires in the jungle. The previous example is absolutely correct in terms of grammar.So, in this case 'has' should've been used instead of 'have'

D. UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has

This is the case of additives and there is no compound subject. So use of 'has' in this case is correct . And, its refers back to the public, this reference may seem wrong but is correct, I will quote Manhattan SC flashcards here ,"only possessive pronouns can refer to nouns that are part of a possessive clause". So D is the best choice

E. UFOs as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life,have

This is the case of additives and not of compound subject. So, use of 'have' here is wrong and 'has' should've been used instead.

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The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has generated considerable interest in science fiction

A. UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
B. UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
C. UFOs as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
D. UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
E. UFOs as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life,have



Strike out the wrong sentences based on Collective Noun. We have to use singular pronoun as public is the collective Noun. A,B,C go out. D uses the pronoun its correctly. Till this point E may seem right as it does not depend on a pronoun. E uses have incorrectly since "as well as" is an additive phrase in which case the verb has to be singular

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The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has generated considerable interest in science fiction

A. UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
B. UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
C. UFOs as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
D. UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
E. UFOs as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life,have


I still don't get this one, will anyone clarify?
The antecedent of the pronoun ITS must exist as a noun in the sentence. In the phrase 'Public's widespread believe', Public does not appear as a noun. And Believe which is the noun cannot be the antecedent of ITS because it would make no sense. So how can this one be the correct answer?

Just FYI i picked (E) because it was the only choice that did not have any pronoun reference errors.


Agree with you J,

I too went with E for the same reason. The "its" in option D should refer to the nearest preceeding noun which is UFOs in our case.

But as per the sentence it should refer to the "public".

Whereas in option E we can use "have" given that "widespread belief in the existence of UFOs" and "general curiosity about extraterrestrial life" are considered two separate things.

People who chose D kindly clarify how to deal with this.

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Here is my take:

First of all, the public is an entity that takes a singular noun; this is a rule. For this reason, their or they should not be used to refer "public".
Further, use of their or they to refer to public complicates the situation because we have UFOs, which can be the referent of they or theirs.

Second, the public is in a possessive form, as in "public's wide spread interest". A pronoun such as its can refer to a referent in a possessive form.
For example, Tom's toy is cool; his is better than mine. This is completely fine.

Where it becomes problematic is when the pronoun is used as anything other than a possessive form.
For instance, Tom's toy is cool; he paid more than I did. In this case, he has no referent because Tom's is just a noun modifier in a possessive form.

Last but not least, "and" form a compound subject that requires plural verbs: when two subjects publics's wide BELIEF and their general CURIOSITY, the sentence calls for HAVE
However, "as well" as is a coordinating conjunction. A coordinating conjunction calls for a singular verb to fulfill the agreement requirement.

I do, however, have some doubts about correctness of the answer choice.
I strongly think that there should not be a comma before the verb has because a comma is not allowed between a subject and a verb in grammar.
I think the sentence would have been more flawless had the comma not been there or had another comma was placed before as well as.
For example, the sentence would look like: The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs, as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has generated considerable interest in science fiction

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The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has generated considerable interest in science fiction

A. UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has
B. UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has
C. UFOs as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have
D. UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has
E. UFOs as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life,have


Here is my explanation for why I choose D.

UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has

1. "its" is possessive pronoun referring to the possessive noun"public's"
2. "as well as" do not contribute to making subject plural. In this case the verb will only have to agree with "belief" in the existence of UFOs, which is singular, hence "has" is correctly used.

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The public's widespread belief in the existence of UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has generated considerable interest in science fiction

We should not consider belief as the subject of the sentence. One must read it along with the existence of belief and their( public's)general curiosity about extraterrestrial life as two separate things that go to form a compound subject when 'and' is used and a singular subject when 'as well as' is used

A. UFOs and their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life has --- 'And' indicates plural; hence 'has' is wrong
B. UFOs and they are generally curious about extraterrestrial life which has --- And indicates plural; hence 'has' is wrong

C. UFOs as well as their general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have ----- 'as well as' is an additive. Hence the verb 'have' wrong
D. UFOs as well as its general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, has -----as well as is an additive, therefore, UFOs is the subject -- has is the right verb
E. UFOs as well as general curiosity about extraterrestrial life, have ----- 'as well as' is an additive. Hence the verb 'have' wrong
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