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While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.

A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be

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01 Nov 2012, 06:19
A,B and C can be eliminated for improper modifiers. Between D and E, will go with D because dinosaur is singular. However, D also seems to convey the meaning that the bones were found from the dinosaur. Expert opinion would shed some light.

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01 Nov 2012, 06:21
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While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.

A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be

OA after some discussion .....

A ,which refers to paleontologists....meaning wise it should refer to bones
B for the same reasons
C Place holder "it" used to post infinitive or that clause, the usage is inocrrect
D SV agreement problem...what is subject of the verb appears...no singular subject
E Correct...
What is the OA..
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A,B and C can be eliminated for improper modifiers. Between D and E, will go with D because dinosaur is singular. However, D also seems to convey the meaning that the bones were found from the dinosaur. Expert opinion would shed some light.

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exactly my point there is a SV agreement here but the meaning is really bizarre.
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Jp27 wrote:
While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.

A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be

OA after some discussion .....

A ,which refers to paleontologists....meaning wise it should refer to bones
B for the same reasons
C Place holder "it" used to post infinitive or that clause, the usage is inocrrect
D SV agreement problem...what is subject of the verb appears...no singular subject
E Correct...
What is the OA..

As the above poster has noted, we need appearS because of "dinosaur"
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bxn D n E :

D : paleontologists have found bones...........from X

E : paleontologists have found bones......... which are from X

guess we don't need the extra WHICH in E, as the intent is clear even without which and unambiguously refers back to FOSSIL BONES.

2nd split :

D : P have found bones................from what ?...............from the massive dinosaur ( singular ) : thus the verb should match in no ie APPEARS ( singular )

P have found bones ...... From ..................(what APPEARS to be )....................the massive Dinosaur

appears n dinosaur MATCH

thus D wins wrt sv agreement

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01 Nov 2012, 12:57
I'm not the master in SC but have several ideas
I think we can easily eliminate A,B,C and try to find mistake in E.

the first thing we see is wordiness
which are from what appear to be

from what appears to be - sounds better
sure it may be asked where is the subject but I linked it to dinosaur
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While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.

A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be

OA after some discussion .....

Jp27, Can you post OA? also underline the original sentence? Thanks !!!
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While digging in the Egyptian desert, huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been the second most massive dinosaur that ever lived.

A. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appears to have been
B. huge fossil bones have been found by paleontologists, which appear to be from
C. it appears that paleontologists have found huge fossil bones that are from
D. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be
E. paleontologists have found huge fossil bones, which are from what appear to be
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30 Jan 2017, 17:08
Hi mikemcgarry

Sorry to bother. Could you please help out? I need to understand a concept
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D: paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be

Are we using singular appears because it refers to singular the second most massive dinosaur?

or

what appears to be is idiomatically always singular because appears refers to what, which is unknown and always takes singular form?

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Hi mikemcgarry

Sorry to bother. Could you please help out? I need to understand a concept
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D: paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be

Are we using singular appears because it refers to singular the second most massive dinosaur?

or

what appears to be is idiomatically always singular because appears refers to what, which is unknown and always takes singular form?

Best
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Your first reasoning is correct. The pronoun "what" refers to "the second most massive dinosaur", which is singular. Hence the verb is also singular "appears".

On the other hand, the verb would be plural "appear", if "what" referred to a plural noun.

... what appear to be two large dinosaurs.... correct.
... what appears to be two large dinosaurs... wrong.
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OA is not provided. I was confused between D and E. E seems to be wordy, so I selected D. Correct me if I am wrong.
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Hi mikemcgarry

Sorry to bother. Could you please help out? I need to understand a concept
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D: paleontologists have found huge fossil bones from what appears to be

Are we using singular appears because it refers to singular the second most massive dinosaur?

or

what appears to be is idiomatically always singular because appears refers to what, which is unknown and always takes singular form?

Best
RzS

Dear TheRzS,

I see that you already received a good response from my intelligent colleague sayantanc2k. I'll just add a few thoughts.

The subject of "appears" is the relative pronoun "what." The relative pronouns "who" and "what," as well as the indefinite "whoever," pose potential SVA questions, because all of these words can represent a target noun that is either singular or plural.

For example,
Whoever has/have broken the window will have to pay for it.
In that sentence, we could have either the singular or plural verb--the sentence provides absolutely no information about which is correct. Of course, the GMAT would never put us in such a position.

A somewhat more GMAT-like scenario,
Whoever has/have used the company computer account to hack into the federal server will face stiff legal penalties when discovered as well as deportation if they are not already citizens.
You see, that sentence is a bit over-the-top on this, but it makes us wait until the end until we can figure out whether indefinite pronoun at the beginning is singular or plural. Technically, though, the sentence does provide all information we need to determine the verb tense.

The moral is that when you see one of these pronouns {who, what, whoever} as a subject, you need to locate the noun to which it refers in order to determine whether it is singular or plural.

Does all this make sense?
Mike
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It makes perfect sense. Thanks both of you mikemcgarry sayantanc2k

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