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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 axtraterrestrial 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

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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 axtraterrestrial 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

'The public's widespread belief ... has generated...' - right sentence construction. So (C) and (E) are out.
'Their' and 'they' incorrectly refer to 'public', so (A) and (B) are out.

(D) is right one.
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Here is a SC question from Kaplan

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 axtraterrestrial 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


D for me.

Public is singular, so all the ones with they / their (A,B,C) are out.

Between D & E, it's D.
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The answer is D.
Public is singular - "its" agrees with Public. "Their" is plural.
Belief is singular - "has" agrees with Belief.
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What is OA?


OA is D

Can some one explain why "has" is correct, since we have "belief" and "curiosity" which require a plural verb.
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Can some one explain why "has" is correct, since we have "belief" and "curiosity" which require a plural verb.


'belief' is countable singular noun (plural form is 'beliefs'). Thus, it has to be used with 'has'.

By the way, 'curiosity' is uncountable noun and still need 'has' for agreement.
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tomirisk wrote:
Can some one explain why "has" is correct, since we have "belief" and "curiosity" which require a plural verb.


'belief' is countable singular noun (plural form is 'beliefs'). Thus, it has to be used with 'has'.

By the way, 'curiosity' is uncountable noun and still need 'has' for agreement.


I was confused not by whether or not "belief" and "curiosity" are singular nouns, but by the subject in our sentence which consists of two nouns. For example: John and Sydney have been seeing each other.
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DenisSh wrote:
tomirisk wrote:
Can some one explain why "has" is correct, since we have "belief" and "curiosity" which require a plural verb.


'belief' is countable singular noun (plural form is 'beliefs'). Thus, it has to be used with 'has'.

By the way, 'curiosity' is uncountable noun and still need 'has' for agreement.


I was confused not by whether or not "belief" and "curiosity" are singular nouns, but by the subject in our sentence which consists of two nouns. For example: John and Sydney have been seeing each other.



In this case 'belief' and 'curiosity' is joined by an additive phrase 'as well as' and not by word 'and'. The word 'and' can unite two or more subjects, forming a compound plural subject. But in this an additive is used, unlike the word 'and' additive phrases do not form compound subjects. e.g , Joe, along with his friends, is going to the beach. Please refer MGMAT for further explanation.
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DenisSh wrote:
tomirisk wrote:
Can some one explain why "has" is correct, since we have "belief" and "curiosity" which require a plural verb.


'belief' is countable singular noun (plural form is 'beliefs'). Thus, it has to be used with 'has'.

By the way, 'curiosity' is uncountable noun and still need 'has' for agreement.


I was confused not by whether or not "belief" and "curiosity" are singular nouns, but by the subject in our sentence which consists of two nouns. For example: John and Sydney have been seeing each other.


Subject-verb agreement: additive phrases: along with, in addition to, as well as, accompanied by, together with, including - doesn't change the number of the subject unlike the word "and".
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Subject-verb agreement: additive phrases: along with, in addition to, as well as, accompanied by, together with, including - doesn't change the number of the subject unlike the word "and".


Yes. (A) and (B) options use 'and' to form compound subject simultaneusly with 'has'. So both (A) and (B) ruled out.

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