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A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

will post the OA soon.
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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 12:28
'could date' and 'could explain' need to be parallel. Also, 'such as having' is unnecessary. 'features' infers the hominid's have a large brain and small teeth.

Hence, IMO, answer is B.
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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 12:33
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A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

will post the OA soon.


answer B?

D makes it seem as if fire explains hominid features when it should be the use of fire to cook could date back and explain as in B

so B
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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 12:56
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ugimba wrote:
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

will post the OA soon.


answer B?

D makes it seem as if fire explains hominid features when it should be the use of fire to cook could date back and explain as in B

so B


thanks ... this explanation is perfect.. I guess in the time pressure I missed this point. I should have spent few more secs to see this error as to who is doing the 'modifier'...

OA is B.

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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 05 Jan 2010, 15:09
B
for the reason... consistent usage of verb form... use, date, explain,
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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 23:33
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Though I marked the correct OA, but it took me 3:28 min to make out the meaning.
I marked B for:
1. could date....could explain
2. the use of fire to cook food - (a noun phrase) is a method which can be traced back not the fire
3. such hominid features as Vs like


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Re: Harvard anthropologist [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 23:35
LOL ykaiim. I am sure 750+ is on the way on 24th.

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Though I marked the correct OA, but it took me 3:28 min to make out the meaning.

I hope in the real GMAT such questions are not for me :)

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Re: A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2013, 03:50
ugimba wrote:
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

will post the OA soon.


B is perfectly ok for me, but shouldn't we use DATE AT idiom => the use of fire to cook food could date back AT almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
please explain. thx!
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Re: A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2013, 15:48
ugimba wrote:
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

will post the OA soon.


Generally speaking you can eliminate A because it uses 'it' and i can't find any antecedent for it.
In D and E are not correct because of it'e meaning fire used . What does this mean. Some other fire was being used millions of years ago or what ?
I eliminated C because Like can't be used to give examples so B is the answer. Notice B has everything going fot it.
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