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To popularize the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction,

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To popularize the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction, paleontologists have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking the disappearance of fossil records and the layer of sediment in the Earth's crust caused by an asteroid impact.
A) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking
B) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
C) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
D) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now linking
E) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking
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To popularize the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction, paleontologists have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking the disappearance of fossil records and the layer of sediment in the Earth's crust caused by an asteroid impact.
A) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking
B) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
C) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
D) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now linking
E) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking



I used the below reasoning:

Upon reading the original statement carefully, I can make out that the sentence is a suggested action that could be taken if a certain reaction is to be achieved.
Now, let's see the splits in the options:
1) have to/would have to
2) link/linking

My first elimination is on the basis of the first split. The sentence tries to bring out a suggested action that can be taken for the result. Using 'Have to' in this case is incorrect, because it conveys a necessity as opposed to a hypothetical situation which the sentence is deliberating. Hence, 'would have to' is correct.

Options A and B are eliminated

Option E is eliminated as its not parallel. "Paleontologists would have to <do something>"..than.."now".

Between options C and D:
The sentence conveys the idea that the evidence is question is fact linking "the disappearance of fossil records and the layer of sediment in the Earth's crust caused by an asteroid impact". It is not a separate task that needs to be done. Hence, 'linking' is the right usage

Option D is correct
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New post 29 Apr 2018, 02:36
Would is necessary as that thing is suggestion , something not happening or happened .
Also linking act aS modifier joining two things.

So D is correct

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souvonik2k wrote:
To popularize the asteroid theory of dinosaur extinction, paleontologists have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking the disappearance of fossil records and the layer of sediment in the Earth's crust caused by an asteroid impact.
A) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking
B) have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
C) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now and link
D) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than they do now linking
E) would have to provide somewhat stronger evidence than now linking


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Creating a filter: The sentence as written has a comparison. "Stronger evidence than now." The written form isn't expressing the intended meaning, because it's comparing evidence with a time (now, that is). It intends to compare stronger evidence with the evidence provided now. That bit of extra wording is required to convey the idea precisely, so we go off looking for it in the answer choices.

Applying the filter: (B) through (D) all solve that problem. (B) and (C) both end with "and link." That phrasing distorts the intended meaning, because it says not that the evidence is doing the linking, but rather that the paleontologists are linking.

The correct answer is (D).
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