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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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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.
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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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29 Nov 2005, 20:39

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

C, E and E are not grammatically correct.
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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.

Pls explain .....[/u]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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24 Jul 2015, 16:05
I thought that when you have an ",but" it made the following clase and independent one. Considering this the answer should start with a subject, right?
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If the subject of the second arm is the same as the subject of the first in a pair of sentences joined by a fanboy conjunction, then we can elide the subject of the second arm; This writing will be considered parallel.
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22 Mar 2016, 06:32
I think B is the best among the choices but I fail to understand the idiom not x but y here.

Not a direct rendering of speech but more than likely began

Can anyone shed some light?
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22 Mar 2016, 06:59
Aves wrote:
I think B is the best among the choices but I fail to understand the idiom not x but y here.

Not a direct rendering of speech but more than likely began

Can anyone shed some light?

Hi
here it is not that classical NOT X but Y...

According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but more than likely the earliest writing began as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.
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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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very hard and beautiful question.
the first pattern is
no A but B, both A and B are of the same type of word.

above pattern is very easy to remember. this pattern applies to every case.
but the problem happen with the verb to be

she is not beautiful now but begin to be beautiful

now the pattern is
not+to be +but +verb.
this pattern is hard to remember. very hard. I miss this question.
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