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# UFO's question: which is correct the explanantion

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UFO's question: which is correct the explanantion [#permalink]

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Hi, I came across below mentioned question:

Q. 2.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

OA is D

I was wandering that in option D what is the "it's" referring to. i search on various forums and came across two explanations:

Explanation 1: Only possessive pronoun can refer to possessive noun. therefore "it's" as a pronoun for "public's"

Explanation 2: Like X and Y 'have': Plural verb ‘have’. Similarly, X as well as Y 'has': verb ‘has’ of a third person singular.Therefore us of "it's" is ok

See the below example to understand the concept (explanation 2) correctly.
Ramu's mother calls him a pig, for he doesn't keep his room clean.--->>>wrong
here the pronoun "he" can't refer to possessive noun "Ramu's"
Ramu's mother calls him a pig, for his room isn't kept clean.-->>right

I am confused which of the above is correct and why?

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Re: UFO's question: which is correct the explanantion [#permalink]

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14 Jul 2009, 20:21
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Both are correct, just relevant to different options.

first thing 'The public' is singular.

So if it is the only subject then it has to be 'has' not 'have'

e.g.

Public=X (singular)

X, as well as Y, is/has(singular auxiliary verb) (as well as doesn't convert singular to Plural)
X and Y (this takes the plural form) so should be used with plural auxiliary verb (are/were/have)

Also when *only possessive form of X is given (X's) then only it's can be used as pronoun (not it)

So Explanation 1, talk about the possessive form

Explanation 2 talk about the singular and plural form as mentioned above.

Both are correct and are required to eliminate the incorrect options.

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Re: UFO's question: which is correct the explanantion [#permalink]

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16 Jul 2009, 10:16
sudeep wrote:
Both are correct, just relevant to different options.

first thing 'The public' is singular.

So if it is the only subject then it has to be 'has' not 'have'

e.g.

Public=X (singular)

X, as well as Y, is/has(singular auxiliary verb) (as well as doesn't convert singular to Plural)
X and Y (this takes the plural form) so should be used with plural auxiliary verb (are/were/have)

Also when *only possessive form of X is given (X's) then only it's can be used as pronoun (not it)

So Explanation 1, talk about the possessive form

Explanation 2 talk about the singular and plural form as mentioned above.

Both are correct and are required to eliminate the incorrect options.

HTH

tx so much for clearing it up for me!. i am really grate full. . .

cheera

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