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The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders led scientists to believe that an era that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks existed.

A. that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently

B. dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved

C. had been dominated by Leedsichthys that are now evolved

D. that was dominated by Leedsichthys that presently are now evolved

E. dominated by Leedsichthys, evolving now
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Can someone please explain to me the subject-verb pairs in this question.

The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders led scientists to believe that an era dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks existed.

what is the subject for the verb have underlined above?
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Can someone please explain to me the subject-verb pairs in this question.

The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders led scientists to believe that an era dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks existed.

what is the subject for the verb have underlined above?


Subject-Verb:
1. Recent discovery-led
2. era-existed
3. Leedsichthys-have now evolved

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The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders led scientists to believe that an era that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks existed.

A. that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently

B. dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved

C. had been dominated by Leedsichthys that are now evolved

D. that was dominated by Leedsichthys that presently are now evolved

E. dominated by Leedsichthys, evolving now


Leedsichthys that have now evolved into basking sharks existed. What is existed doing here? I understand it is in the non underline part but it still has to make sense.
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The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders led scientists to believe that an era that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks existed.

Meaning:
The recent discovery of fossils of giant plankton feeders: The passage is talking about a recent discovery. The discovery of fossils of something called giant plankton feeders
led scientists to believe that: This discovery has led scientists to believe something
an era that: led scientist to believe something about an era.
had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently into basking sharks: This era had been dominated by L and the Ls have now evolved into BS
existed: the discovery has led scientists to believe that the era existed

We know that there was a discovery that led scientists to believe that a certain kind of era existed. What kind of era? An era when Ls evolved to BSs.

A. that had been dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved currently
incorrect- that had been is not correct. Past perfect verb indicates a sequence of events. There is no sequence of events- just one event: The era existed.

B. dominated by Leedsichthys that have now evolved
correct- an era dominated by Ls existed. The Ls that have now evolved to BSs is one phrase to indicate more information about the Ls.

C. had been dominated by Leedsichthys that are now evolved
incorrect- past perfect verb- similar error to A.
Ls that are now evolved into BS is wrong. present tense is illogical. The Ls have been evolving over time.

D. that was dominated by Leedsichthys that presently are now evolved
incorrect- Ls cannot presently now be evolved. Illogical- same as C.

E. dominated by Leedsichthys, evolving now
incorrect- ,evolving is the modifier for dominated. Evolving now doesn't give more information on the "how" or the effect of the era being dominated by Ls.
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