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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.


A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

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A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds - The best among the lot

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

-What has yet been discovered- should naturally exclude the discovery under issue, so that a comparison could be made. Here it is not. You must add the word – other- and state - than what other has yet been discovered -


C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B -relationship than any yet – should be rephrased as- relationship than any other yet-

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B and C. -than any that has yet been – should read as -than any other that has yet been –. to make out a comparison
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First split --> Use of more vs most
Since we are covering current evidence against all other evidence choose most.
Eliminate -> B, C, E

Second split --> Use of tenses
Simpler tenses are preferred over complex. Also fossils continue to provide evidence hence simple present tense.
Also "yet discovered" in D wrongly modifies birds and dinosaurs instead of fossils.
Eliminate --> D

Answer--> A
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

(A) offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
(B) offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
(C) offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
(D) have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
(E) have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

I found that by looking at the meaning and construction of the sentence you can eliminate choices quite easily.

In A, "evidence yet discovered" looks awkward, but doesn't seem incorrect. The key is to look at where "yet discovered" is in the other choices.

A - "yet discovered" refers directly to the "evidence" that the fossils offer. Correct.
B - "yet been discovered" ambiguously refers to "what" and seems to be referring to evidence other than the unearthed fossils. Additionally, "more" adds an unnecessary comparison and complicates the meaning of the sentence. Incorrect.
C - "yet discovered" refers to "the close evolutionary relationship". Incorrect.
D - "yet been discovered" refers to "dinosaurs and birds" (because the sentence uses "have"). Incorrect.
E - "yet been discovered" ambiguously refers to "any" evidence other than the fossils mentioned. Additionally, "more" is used in the same way as in choice B. Also, "have offered" is not grammatically incorrect, but it is unnecessary because it offers no additional information between a past event and the present. Both "offer" and "have offered" mean the same thing in the context of this sentence. Simplicity wins. Incorrect.
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Can anyone explain what is the difference in between the tense used in options A, B , and C and the tense used in options D, and E.

Offer and Have Offered is that a split.

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Can anyone explain what is the difference in between the tense used in options A, B , and C and the tense used in options D, and E.

Offer and Have Offered is that a split.

Please help.

I dont think have offered or offer is correct split. There are many other issues with the wrong options.
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For the tenses as you asked A B and C use simple present tense and D and E use present perfect. As per GMAT rules we should keep it simple so simple tenses are preferred, means if something could be said in simple tenses, it is preferred.
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dkverma wrote:
Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet
discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.


A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds
B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds
D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds


the topic tested in this question is not new, but it takes me a long time to do this question.
evedence more ... than what is discover. no sense, not logic in our real world. evidence is compared with the thing discovered.
so, b,e are wrong.
in C, "any" means "evidence". evidence can not be discovered in our real world. no sense. C is gone
in d, "that have"' should be "that has"
A is left.
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D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


Hi daagh
Shouldn't the modifier "that have yet been discovered" modify the close evolutionary relationship instead of "fossils"?
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D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


Hi daagh
Shouldn't the modifier "that have yet been discovered" modify the close evolutionary relationship instead of "fossils"?


Actually in option A (the correct option) "yet been discovered" refers to "evidence", neither to "fossils", nor to "close evolutionary relationship".
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D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


Hi daagh
Shouldn't the modifier "that have yet been discovered" modify the close evolutionary relationship instead of "fossils"?


Actually in option A (the correct option) "yet been discovered" refers to "evidence", neither to "fossils", nor to "close evolutionary relationship".


Thank you very much. After I posted, I kind of had the feeling that "yet been discovered" should refer to "evidence". I feel good now that at least I understood, though a little lately.
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I got this wrong, since forgot that if more than two objects are compared, the comparison idiom is "the most". Then the split is pretty obvious.
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds -->should be most dramatic
C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds --> what ???
D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered --> they still offer
E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds --> they still offer
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds


One of the splits in the ans choices is "most" and "more"..
Most : Can be used to show comparison between more than 2 entities
More : can be used to show comparison between exactly 2 entities....

Here we are comparing evidence discovered in China with evidences that are discovered till that date...
So, the comparison is between more than 2 entities ...
Hence, "Most" is required ..
So option B, C and E are out..
Now, in option D : "dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered" changes the meaning by shifting the location of the modifier "yet been discovered" ..

Hence Option A is correct

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A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds - The best among the lot

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

-What has yet been discovered- should naturally exclude the discovery under issue, so that a comparison could be made. Here it is not. You must add the word – other- and state - than what other has yet been discovered -


C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B -relationship than any yet – should be rephrased as- relationship than any other yet-

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B and C. -than any that has yet been – should read as -than any other that has yet been –. to make out a comparison



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is "than + any + other" a perfect rule in gmat provided the context is same
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
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Unearthed in China, fossils of feathered dinosaurs offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds.

A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds
C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet discovered between dinosaurs and birds
D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered
E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds


A) Correct.
B) "More" should be "most" because we are making a comparison of more than two elements.
C) Ditto.
D) "Yet been discovered" refers to "birds and dinosaurs" when it should refer to "evidence."
E) "More" should be "most" because we are making a comparison of more than two elements.
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A. offer the most dramatic evidence yet discovered of the close evolutionary
relationship between dinosaurs and birds - The best among the lot

B. offer evidence more dramatic than what has yet been discovered of the close
evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

-What has yet been discovered- should naturally exclude the discovery under issue, so that a comparison could be made. Here it is not. You must add the word – other- and state - than what other has yet been discovered -


C. offer more dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship than any yet
discovered between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B -relationship than any yet – should be rephrased as- relationship than any other yet-

D. have offered the most dramatic evidence of the close evolutionary relationship
between dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered

- Dinosaurs and birds that have yet been discovered – fossils have been discovered and not dinosaurs and birds- wrong modification


E. have offered more dramatic evidence than any that has yet been discovered of the
close evolutionary relationship between dinosaurs and birds

Same as in B and C. -than any that has yet been – should read as -than any other that has yet been –. to make out a comparison


Hi daagh

Thanks for the explanation Sir. Just wanted to ask whether usage of "more" is problematic here as some people have pointed out?
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If you use more, then you must also say ' any other'also to exclude the item from the all the other items. Since we want to say it is the most dramatic, it is an absolute term and hence 'the most' is the appropriate use.
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i am non native and for me, present perfect is hard. i dont know weather it is hard for native.

present perfect can show a finished action in the past. in this case, no time word or unfinished time word is used. certainly, out sentense is not fit to this case

present perfect can be used to show a unfinished action . in this case, since or for is used. there is no for or since in our sentence, so , this case is not fit to our sentence.

because i see it is hard to differentiate betwee simple present and perfect present, I have to think this way.
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i am non native and for me, present perfect is hard. i dont know weather it is hard for native.

present perfect can show a finished action in the past. in this case, no time word or unfinished time word is used. certainly, out sentense is not fit to this case

present perfect can be used to show a unfinished action . in this case, since or for is used. there is no for or since in our sentence, so , this case is not fit to our sentence.

because i see it is hard to differentiate betwee simple present and perfect present, I have to think this way.


There was no split for use of present perfect/simple present here. Don't try to solve issues that you haven't got. Focus on what is clearly wrong. GMAT often uses false splits to throw you to solve problems that are not problems at all. Usually GMAT puts such fakes in the beginning and the end of spits and punishes test takes who is looking for shortcuts.

Conceptions tested here are: meaning, comparison, SV agreement, modifiers
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