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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 subject of the main clause is Wealth (of... fossils).So we need a singular verb 'seems' for subject -Wealth. A and B options are out.

In C and E there is a misplaced modifier 'at the stage ' which should modify the timing/stage of discovery of the fossils not the origin of birds. Only D has this right. Also, to maintain parallelism 'than to' should be used not 'rather than'. Answer is D
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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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Shouldn't the underline start from the second "seem"?

The wealth (singular) needs "seems" to properly modify it. Use of "seem" is incorrect. So (A) and (B) are wrong.

In (C), "more likely to X rather than Y" is incorrect usage. Also, "birds at this stage" is incorrect. The stage is not about birds.

(D) correctly uses "seems". It also has the right usage of "more likely to X than to Y". Additionally, "at this stage" is correctly placed.

(E) seems more likely that is incorrect here. "more likely that.... than to" is ALSO incorrect.

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This question is not correctly underlined. Could you please change the underlined portion as stated in the original version:
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.
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Can some moderator kindly edit the question to be in-line with the options?

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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

Subject .........wealth (singular ) ............verb .....seem ( plural ) ........should be seems ( singular )


(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than

Subject .........wealth (singular ) ............verb .....seem ( plural ) ........should be seems ( singular )



(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than

correct idiom .......MORE ......X...... THAN .....Y ...................... NOT .......... MORE .........RATHER THAN

(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to

CORRECT .............SUBJECT VERB

MORE .......TO INFLAME ( INFINITY VERB ) || THAN TO SETTLE ( INFINITY VERB )


(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to



MORE X THAN Y MUST BE PARALLEL

MORE LIKELY ( VERB ) .................THAN TO SETTLE ( INFINITY VERB ) ...........NOT ||




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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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(Edited the question stem.)

"The wealth of something" is singular and therefore needs a singular verb form. This eliminates A and B.

In both C and E the modifier "at this stage" is misplaced as it incorrectly modifies the birds.

Moreover, there are additional errors in C and E:

In C, "more likely to do X RATHER than do Y" is both unidiomatic and not parallel (Infinitive + Working Verb).

In E, "X seems more likely THAT it will do X than to do Y" is both unidiomatic and not parallel (Simple Future + Infinitive)

This leaves D: The verb seems has the correct form, the modifier "at this stage" is placed correctly, "X is more likely to do Y than to do Z" is idiomatic and parallel (Infinitive + Infinitive).

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I think E is wrong for a more serious reason

look at the use of verb "seem" in macmillan dictionary online.

subject+seem+adjective

fake subject "it"+seems+ that clause.

we can not use "that clause" after a real subject. E is wrong.

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(A) seem more likely at this stage that they will inflame debates over the origin of birds rather than S-V ERROR
(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than S-V ERROR
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than DEBATE OVER IS BETTER THAN DEBATE ON; //ISM ERROR
(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 DEBATE OVER IS BETTER THAN DEBATE ON
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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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A and B - SV agreement error. verb needs to be seems.
E and D - inflame debates AT THIS STAGE, but should be AT THIS STAGE to inflame debates rather than settle.
subtle error.
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(A) and (B) - The wealth -------- seem - wrong. The weath---seems.
(C) and (E) - Debate on - wrong. Correct idiom - debate over
(D) More likely to inflame ---- than to settle them ( only correct parallelism in D)
(A) the wealth----- at this stage that THEY will inflame (the wealth is singular. Therefore THEY is incorrect)

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(A) and (B) - The wealth -------- seem - wrong. The weath---seems.
(C) and (E) - Debate on - wrong. Correct idiom - debate over
(D) More likely to inflame ---- than to settle them ( only correct parallelism in D)
(A) the wealth----- at this stage that THEY will inflame (the wealth is singular. Therefore THEY is incorrect)

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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' is singular subject and hence requires 'seems'. Option A and B are out.

The idiom must be 'X rather than Y'

More likely TO inflame debates than TO settle them. C is out.

E is wordy.

Hence D is the answer
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Answer is D .... tested idiom is more to inflame ...than to settle ..

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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 oirigin of birds at this stage than
(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than - Idiom error: miss a "to" in the later half of the sentence for a proper sentence.
(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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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 verb seem can go with that-clause but the subject is fake.

it seems that i will pass gmat.

if the subject is real we have pattern
he seem good to do this job

so inhere we can eliminate a,b and e, quickly because that clause is wrongly used.
between c and d, D is idiomatic " more likely than."
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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 (no to)
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to (keep for now)
(E) seems more likely that it will inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage than to

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A and B are for plural nouns but the wealth of xyz is singular. These two options can be removed

C is not || and birds at this stage changes meaning

D looks good. It is parallel and corrects the error with the placement of at this stage

E is similar to C. not parallel and at this stage modifies birds. Not the intention of the original sentence.
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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
--> wordy and wrong comparison idiom.

(B) seem more likely that it will inflame debates over the origin of birds at this stage than
--> wordy and SV disagreement.

(C) seems more likely to inflame debates on the origin of birds at this stage rather than
--> wrong comparison idiom. at this stage should be put right after more likely.

(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
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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 at this stage is incorrectly placed and "to" is missing at the end
(D) seems more likely at this stage to inflame debates over the origin of birds than to
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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
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Two splits in the options :
1. Sub-Verb Agreement : Subject "The Wealth" must agree in number with verb "seem". Hence "seems" (a singular verb is required)..
So option A and B are out

2. Parallelism : "to inflame" shall be parallel to "to settle"
This parallelism is only maintained in Option D.

Correct Ans : Option D
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