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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

Can someone explain please? I can't understand how to get to the answer.
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After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic becomes......
Use of the word 'becomes' is wrong. The sentence is talking about the past. So 'became' is the correct word. Based on this we can cancel out C, D, E.

We are left with A & B.
(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older

B is wordy compared to A.
replacing languages that were older.... can be better written as replacing older languages and writing systems.

So A is the correct answer.
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Re: #60 - 1000 SC [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 09:46
We are talking of an event in the past, so past tense is needed. Rule out C/D/E.

A - replacing older languages and writing systems.
B - replacing languages that were older and writing systems.

A maintains parallelism, B does not.

Choose A.
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Re: #60 - 1000 SC [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 19:34
between A and B.......will go with A
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Re: #60 - 1000 SC [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2010, 22:08
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(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages - correct
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older - Wordy.
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages - simple past (became) is required because the action took place in a specific moment in the past.
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older - The same mistake.
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older - The same mistake.

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Re: #60 - 1000 SC [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 00:58
Will go with A..

One major problem with B can be found out if you take the complete sentence in picture. B ends with "replacing languages that were older", so that will make the last bit of the complete sentence as 'replacing languages that were older and writing systems' which along with parallelism issue doesn't seem right.
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Re: #60 - 1000 SC [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2010, 19:19
Arabic became the dominate language in the past. Should use "became" instead of "become". Eliminate
(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

Wordy. Eliminate:
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older

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