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You have to chose the right answer for the underlined portion of the sentence. The first option is the same as that of the given question.

8. A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

(A) believed to be

(B) and that is believed to be

(C) and it is believed to have been

(D) which was, it is believed,

(E) which is believed to be

7. A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing

(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing

(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess

(E) being able to assess, from a one-page writing sample,

3. A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the s, the first book by a Black woman and it was only the second published by an American woman.

(A) it was only the second published by an American woman

(B) it was only the second that an American woman published

(C) the second one only published by an American woman

(D) the second one only that an American woman published

(E) only the second published by an American woman

1. A “calendar stick” carved centuries ago by the Winnebago tribe may provide the first evidence that the North American Indians have developed advanced full-year calendars basing them on systematic astronomical observation.

(A) that the North American Indians have developed advanced full-year calendars basing them

(B) of the North American Indians who have developed advanced full-year calendars and based them

(C) of the development of advanced full-year calendars by North American Indians, basing them

(D) of the North American Indians and their development of advanced full-year calendars based

(E) that the North American Indians developed advanced full-year calendars based

Please give reasons.

Thank You

GB
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Hi GB! Do you mind first telling us what you think the answers might be? Ann
(A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago = defines the Quetzalcoatlus ), the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, (OK so far) (believed to be the largest flying creature the world has ever seen = defines the wingspan). -- it is not the wingspan that is believed to have been the largest creature, but the animal. This sentence is not quite right to me.
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Awesome! Inchoateknowledge, you got three right.

Thse are the official answers.

8. C

7. D

3. E

1.E

Inchoateknowledge can you please give some minor details of your answers. Atually it was a set of 10 question and I got these four wrong. But I really couldn't understand the logiv behind the rest of the six that I got right. I just checked the flow.

GB
Well thats how I interpret the problem.

1. In this sentence, the problem is with the pronoun that is used for the calendar stick. They have used them which actually points to North Americans ratehr than the stick. Option A, B and C has this same problem and option D says that the evidence was for the North Amercans which isn't a part of the sentence. So, E is the correct choice.

3. Well... this is very confusing. I can't understand that what the word only is modifying in this sentence. Please explain the use of onlu and recomment on its placement.

7. I think in this sentence, the word from is makin problems. Here it sound as if the claim is the one-page writing sample. This easily eliminates both A and B. Here all C,D and E seems corrcet but D sound more natural. Also E sound a bit odd after the second comman. Please can someone explains it i a better way.

8. In this question, I have a little confusion. When I answered it, the clause the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet seemd to be a apppositive-type-clause (sorry I don't know what such clauses are called or I might have forgotten), but now I think that it is the second quality of the huge flying reptile with its wigspan being the first one. With this interpretation in mind, I can easily choose C.

Please tell me if I am wrong and also recommend how can I improve my skills to pick out mistakes from such problem. Please don't overloook my plea; it is very important to me. It's a matter of life and death for me. Emotion: crying

SOS

GB
Hi GB

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8. A huge flying reptile that died out with the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago, the Quetzalcoatlus had a wingspan of 36 feet, and it is believed to have been the largest flying creature the world has ever seen.

(A) believed to be -- it would mean that the wingspan has been the largest animal -- nonsense

(B) and that is believed to be -- that = the fact that the Quetzalcoatlus had such a wide wingspan was believed to be the largest animal -- nonsense

(C) and it is believed to have been -- OK

(D) which was, it is believed, which = wingspan

(E) which is believed to be -- which = wingspan

7. A firm that specializes in the analysis of handwriting claims from a one-page writing sample that it can assess more than three hundred personality traits, including enthusiasm, imagination, and ambition.

(A) from a one-page writing sample that it can assess -- same as B more or less

(B) from a one-page writing sample it has the ability of assessing -- I would not choose but do not know why:)

(C) the ability, from a one-page writing sample, of assessing

Oh yes, this is not correct

Claims that they have the ability would be fine, IMO.

(D) to be able, from a one-page writing sample, to assess, from a one-page writing sample??, -- kinda mumbo jumbo, without the crossed-out part would be fine.

3. A collection of 38 poems by Phillis Wheatley, a slave, was published in the s, the first book by a Black woman and it was only the second published by an American woman.

(A) it was only the second published by an American woman -- OK

(B) it was only the second that an American woman published -- Why not!?

(C) the second one only published by an American woman -- mumbo jumbo

(D) the second one only that an American woman published -- mumbo jumbo

(E) only the second published by an American woman -- OK

1. A “calendar stick” carved centuries ago by the Winnebago tribe may provide the first evidence that the North American Indians have developed advanced full-year calendars basing them on systematic astronomical observation.

(A) that the North American Indians have developed advanced full-year calendars basing them -- OK

(B) of the North American Indians who have developed advanced full-year calendars and based them -- I infer here that the way that the indians developed the candles has probably no relevance to their astronomical observations.

(C) of the development of advanced full-year calendars by North American Indians (OK so far), basing them on systematic observation -- here basing them does not mean the developing of the candles was based on observation -- basing them has obscure meaning to me here.

(D) of the North American Indians and their development of advanced full-year calendars based -- It would not give evidence of the indians, only of the calendars

(E) that the North American Indians developed advanced full-year calendars based -- OK

Does it help you, GB?

Do not take what has been written in this post as gospel truth -- I am just an incompetent twit.

P.S.: mumbo jumbo = obscured meaning