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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the

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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even: SV Error, should be that+was.

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even: SV Error, should be that+was & has+led.

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even: SV Error, should be has+led.

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even: Correct, both SV errors rectified. Parallelism is maintained by - led to the (noun) and (noun).

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the: SV errors rectified but incorrect Parallelism - led to (noun) and the (noun).
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Bunuel wrote:
The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.

Understanding:
The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets
that(interest logically) were spurred
by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - were refers to interest

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even- - were refers to interest

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even- harefers tove interest

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even-as per intended meaning of initial sentence

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the
- distorts intended mening by 'the'
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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.

A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'that' refers to interest and the verb following 'that' must be singular.

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Same as A

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'has' is required.

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Correct.

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the - Parallelism error.

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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.

A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'that' refers to interest and the verb following 'that' must be singular.

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Same as A

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'has' is required.

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Correct.

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the - Parallelism error.

Answer: D



Why "that" is not modifying "exotic pets". I have seen many questions in which "that" refers back to immediate preceding noun. Though I used logic and POE to reach the correct answer, is there any rule about expressions in which "that" can jumps the preceding noun to modify another noun.
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Here we have the prepositional phrase 'in exotic pets'. 'that' can sometimes jump over the prepositional phrase and modify the previous noun, which in this particular question refers to 'interest'.

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Why "that" is not modifying "exotic pets". I have seen many questions in which "that" refers back to immediate preceding noun. Though I used logic and POE to reach the correct answer, is there any rule about expressions in which "that" can jumps the preceding noun to modify another noun.
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interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows
"by recent television" shows clearly shows - "that" is not referring back to pets

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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.

A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'that' refers to interest and the verb following 'that' must be singular.

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Same as A

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Subject verb agreement error. 'has' is required.

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even - Correct.

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the - Parallelism error.

Answer: D



Why "that" is not modifying "exotic pets". I have seen many questions in which "that" refers back to immediate preceding noun. Though I used logic and POE to reach the correct answer, is there any rule about expressions in which "that" can jumps the preceding noun to modify another noun.

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According to me , the answer should be D as it maintains the S-V agreement as well as parallelism
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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the


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The clearest of decision points on this problem relate to Subject-Verb Agreement - the decision between "were" and "was" at the first word of each choice, and the decision between "has" and "have" a few words in (before "unsurprisingly led"). With that in mind, you should look for the proper subject, which in this case is the singular "interest" for both verbs. Logically the interest "was spurred by recent TV shows" and "has led to" the effects later in the sentence, and you should see that "in exotic pets" is a modifier (describing "interest") and that "that were spurred by recent TV shows" performs that same modifying function.

So you can eliminate (A), (B), and (C), each of which uses a plural verb (were or have), and focus on the subtler decision between (D) and (E). Note that the only decision to be made there is between:

(D): led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals

(E): led to mistreatment and even the abandonment of these animals

Here parallel structure and logical meaning can be your guides: in (D), the definite article "the" can apply to both items in that list (mistreatment and abandonment) if it comes before the first term of the series, but in (E) that parallelism is broken because only the second item gets the article "the" (before "abandonment"). And also, think logically: without a parallel structure between "mistreatment and abandonment," the portion that follows abandonment ("of those animals...") applies to only abandonment. This leaves the list as two things that this interest has led to:

1) mistreatment (of what?)

2) the abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize...

"Mistreatment" in this situation stands as an incomplete thought, so choice (E) must be incorrect, leaving (D) as the correct answer.
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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the


Ans: interest "was" spurred and recent television shows "have"
So the answer is (c)
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The sudden and overwhelming interest in exotic pets that were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even abandonment of these animals by people who did not realize the level of maintenance required.


A. were spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

B. were spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

C. was spurred by recent television shows have unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

D. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to the mistreatment and even

E. was spurred by recent television shows has unsurprisingly led to mistreatment and even the

main subject is 'interest' .'sudden' and 'overwhelming' are modifying the subject and are not subject themselves.
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