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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2005, 14:02
B)..."began" is parallel to "was"..."more than" is the right idiom...
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I will go with B

The sequence of events is first it was a symbolic system of communication, then the writings and then merged with the spoken language.

So "was more likely to begin as" must use "began". A, C and D are eliminated.

E is not sounding correct to ears because it is not using "as" or "from" in the end.

The explanation is based on my knowledge only. :-D
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2005, 19:50
Yes, it should be 'B'.


past tense: was...began...merged

Also, "it" in 'D' & 'E' is redundant. "it was not X but Y"
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Re: SC-scholars [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2005, 20:39
My answer is B.

B is the only answer that stays in || form.

C, E and E are not grammatically correct.
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Re: SC-scholars [#permalink] New post 30 Nov 2005, 13:46
I like B.

C and D are out because the wrongtense of begin is used
chose B because of the more than...as...

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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

B). more than likely began as.
C). more than likely beginning from
D). it was more than likely begun from
E). it was more likely that it began.


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OG11-D39 According to scholars, the earliest writing was [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2007, 20:46
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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later mred with spoken language.

a)was more likely to begin as
b)more than likely began as
c) more than lkely beginning from
d) it was more than likely begun from
e) it was more likely that it began.
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2007, 01:44
I agree with B.

A - wrong tense - should be to have begun as
C - no verb in the sub clause
D - I'm not sure about parallelism. I don't think the two clauses are parallel just because they both have "was"! In fact, I'd say that they're not parallel because one is active voice and the other passive (was not a rendering vs was begun from).
E - wrong tense - should be it is more likely
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Re: SC Scholars [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2007, 07:35
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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later mred with spoken language.

a)was more likely to begin as
b)more than likely began as
c) more than lkely beginning from
d) it was more than likely begun from
e) it was more likely that it began.


'began as' - idiomatic
'likely' - adverb modifies the following verbal clause

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Re: SC Scholars [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2011, 04:03
Hi,

I am having trouble understanding option B (correct answer) from parallelism perspective.

Not a direct rendering of speech, but more than likely began as

a direct rendering of speech -> complex gerund
began -> verb

How are they both parallel in the NOT..BUT construct above?

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Re: OG11-D39 According to scholars, the earliest writing was [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2013, 17:06
According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

a)was more likely to begin as -- more must be accompanied by than
b)more than likely began as -- correct
c) more than likely beginning from -- beginning from is not parallel with merged.
d) it was more than likely begun from -- begun is not the correct form, began must be used to make it parallel to merged.
e) it was more likely that it began. -- more must be accompanied by than.
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Re: According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2013, 22:33
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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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Hi Verbal Experts,
probably not X but more than likely Y (where X and Y are parallel) - This is the correct idiomatic usage. Right?

So, could you please explain how this has been maintained in the correct option B ?
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Re: According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 04:14
cool_jonny009 wrote:
According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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"The earliest writing.. more than likely began as.. a separate system". This construction makes sense. Also, this construction makes "began" parallel with "merged". All other options have issues with either of these two.
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Re: According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not [#permalink] New post 25 May 2014, 20:35
a very tricky one, which I missed

the idiom is

subject do not do x but do y and z.

I do not learn gmat but go out for change and meet her

when the first verb is to be, we have our sentence.

I am not a student at the school but go to the school to learn gmat . this is correct and similar to our sentence.

that is the reason why b is correct.
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