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# After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A. D. 640, Arabic became

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After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A. D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older

Hi folks, I am more interested in the wrong answers. It would be great if we can discuss why some choice is wrong. Thanks
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21 Sep 2004, 20:24
If I know what the correct answer is, I can probably explain why the other answers are wrong.
I think A is correct. What do you say?
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21 Sep 2004, 20:53
This SC is tricky if think on it too much - and I see subtle changes in the meaning or intent of the sentence. Few points on my final thoughts though..

1. b/w 'becomes' and 'became' - choose 'became' as the event is in the past. 'became' is past tense of 'become' - just decided to think simply.
2. with that, b/w A and B - B was wordier and conveyed the same meaning as A.
3. So, I am choosing A.
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21 Sep 2004, 20:55
OOps, by the time I posted my thoughts, the OA is out. But I am happy that A is the answer.
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21 Sep 2004, 20:59
The wrong answers are well explained by venksune. In terms of the present participle and participial phrase in A, I would refer you to the following link:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... sc&start=0
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21 Sep 2004, 21:01
Use of replacing in A is correct ... It correctly modifies ARABIC

(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
The latter part (in red) is clearly unidiomatic

(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
A is preffered to this one. A means it became a dominant lang. and parrallely replaced older langs. Hwoever, in C it seems like it first became a doninent lang and (after that) it replaced other langs. Subtle shift of meaning

(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
tense problem

(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older
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21 Sep 2004, 21:26
MY pick will be A as well.

1. Choose Became over Becomes (Becomes is awkward and sounds progressive here.)
2. B/w A and B -> replacing older languages and writing systems is preferable to replacing languages that were older and writing system.
3. Improper use (and incorrect referent) of "it" in C & D.
4. In E, having replaced languages that were older and writing systems is vague, awkward and unidiomatic.

After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A. D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older
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21 Sep 2004, 22:16
A is agrred clearely,

why

C, D & E uses becomes, which does not tell that it happened.

A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages

(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
- this sounds like Arabic replaced all the languages in addition to Egyptian language, which is not true
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22 Sep 2004, 07:59
Thanks Guys,
Nice explanations... I am somehow more interested in knowing why something is wrong rather than concentrating on the correct answer.

Thanks .
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