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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

(A) seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than - "seem" does not got with "wealth".. we need "seems"
(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than - "seem" does not got with "wealth".. we need "seems"
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than - "at this stage" should be placed before "to inflame"
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to - CORRECT (problems seen in other options removed)
(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to - "at this stage" should be placed before "to inflame" + "it" reference unclear
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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the
kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that
they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

A. seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than
Plural verb “seem” & plural pronoun “they” does NOT agree in number with singular subject “wealth”

B. seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than
Plural verb “seem” does NOT agree in number with singular subject “wealth”.
Location of “at this stage” is incorrectly suggesting that the phrase is modifying “the origin of birds”

C. seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than
Location of “at this stage” is incorrectly suggesting that the phrase is modifying “the origin of birds”
The phrase should modify the verb “seems”

D. seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to
Correctly change the verb to singular (seems) and use the correct form of idiom “debate over”

E. seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to
Same error as option C

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in C, "more likely" and "rather than" is redundant
E has many errors

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The correct idiom is " more likely to X than to Y "
The subject is singular so singular verb should come .
Hence D is right .
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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

(A) seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than
(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to
(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to

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The wealth of enigmatic fossils is a singular subject so the verb form of "seem" must also be singular- "seems." With that we eliminate A,B,C. The issue with C is that it is idiomatically incorrect "more likely to x than to y." The issue with E is that is too verbose- imo.

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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the
kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that
they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

A. seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than
Plural verb “seem” & plural pronoun “they” does NOT agree in number with singular subject “wealth”

B. seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than
Plural verb “seem” does NOT agree in number with singular subject “wealth”.
Location of “at this stage” is incorrectly suggesting that the phrase is modifying “the origin of birds”

C. seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than
Location of “at this stage” is incorrectly suggesting that the phrase is modifying “the origin of birds”
The phrase should modify the verb “seems”

D. seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to
Correctly change the verb to singular (seems) and use the correct form of idiom “debate over”

E. seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to
Same error as option C

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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

(A) seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than
(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to
(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to

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The sentence presents a contrast using the word ‘while’. It says whereas many recently found dinosaur fossils seem to provide evidence of kinship between dinosaurs and birds, these fossils seem:

more likely to inflame debates over the origin of birds
than settle these debates

There are four errors in the given sentence:

1. In the main clause, “the wealth of enigmatic fossils” is the subject – ‘the wealth’ is singular – and the verb is “seem”, which is plural. Therefore, there is a subject verb agreement error.

2. The structure X seems more likely that X will do something is incorrect. Either of the below two structures is correct:
A. It seems more likely that X will do something…
B. X seems more likely to do something

3. Given the context of the sentence, “they” should refer to “the wealth of enigmatic fossils”. So, we have a plural pronoun “they” for the singular antecedent.

4. We are making a comparison using “more” in the sentence. “more” should be followed by “than” and never by “rather than”.
In many SC questions you will find similar errors where more is followed by compared to, compared with, when compared to.. etc.. All these structures are wrong.
More... Compared To... INCORRECT
More... Compared With... INCORRECT
More... When Compared To... INCORRECT
More... Rather Than... INCORRECT

Option Analysis
(A) Incorrect. For the errors described above.

(B) Incorrect. For the following reasons:

Singular subject “the wealth” and plural verb “seem” – Same error as in the original sentence
The structure error “X seems more likely that X will do something” – Same error as in the original sentence.
(C) Incorrect. “more” is followed by “rather than” – Same error as in the original sentence.

(D) Correct. All the errors in the original sentences have been corrected without introducing any new errors.

(E) Incorrect. For the following reasons:

This option has the structure error “X seems more likely that X will do something” – same error as in the original sentence.
The part after 'than' - “to settle them” - is not parallel to anything.

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While many of the dinosaur fossils found recently in northeast China seem to provide evidence of the kinship between dinosaurs and birds, the wealth of enigmatic fossils seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than settle them.

(A) seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than -We need to use singular words
(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than -We need to use singular words
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than -we need a "to" after than to maintain parallelism
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to -Correct
(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to -"to" is not required. It makes the sentence non-parallel
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Is there a difference between Debate Over and Debate On ? Can someone elaborate on this?




Hello aceGMAT21,

I am not sure if you still have this doubt. Here is the explanation nonetheless. :-)


The word debate is not necessarily followed by a particular preposition. The context of the sentence decides which preposition will appears after debate.

IMHO, in the context of this sentence, both the phrases debates over and debates on work equally fine.


Hope this helps. :-)
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Is there a difference between Debate Over and Debate On ? Can someone elaborate on this?




Hello aceGMAT21,

I am not sure if you still have this doubt. Here is the explanation nonetheless. :-)


The word debate is not necessarily followed by a particular preposition. The context of the sentence decides which preposition will appears after debate.

IMHO, in the context of this sentence, both the phrases debates over and debates on work equally fine.


Hope this helps. :-)
Thanks.
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Hi egmat,

Thanks for the reply! :)

Can you please elaborate more on the context part, on the basis of which we can decide whether to use DEBATE OVER or DEBATE ON? As I am still not clear about that. You can take examples to explain the same.

Thanks,
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aceGMAT21 wrote:

Hi egmat,

Thanks for the reply! :)

Can you please elaborate more on the context part, on the basis of which we can decide whether to use DEBATE OVER or DEBATE ON? As I am still not clear about that. You can take examples to explain the same.

Thanks,
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Hello Varun aceGMAT21,


Well, as I have already mentioned, the word debate need not be followed by any particular preposition.


So we can say:

The debate on the Education Bill is attracting a lot of attention. OR The debate over the Education Bill is attracting a lot of attention.



But I certainly do not mean to say that debate over and debate on can be used interchangeably.

The debate on Tuesday will have a lot of participants.

We can never replace on with over in the above-mentioned sentence.


Moreover, I do not think on GMAT SC, such expressions are tested any which way.


Hope this helps. :-)
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