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An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop
where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including
7 intact statues.

A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been
reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Pls explain why any choice is wrong/correct.

thanks
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09 Aug 2007, 16:07
beckee529 wrote:
ankita wrote:
empty_spaces wrote:
An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop
where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including
7 intact statues.

A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including - correct

E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been
reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Pls explain why any choice is wrong/correct.

thanks

what's wrong with answer A?

I am not sure what is technically wrong with A, but i just preferred 'the site' (noun) instead of the what-clause working as a pronoun. may be somebody else can explain it better.
if nothings wrong with A then C doesn't look wrong either. what's your answer?
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09 Aug 2007, 16:32
beckee529 wrote:
ankita wrote:
empty_spaces wrote:
An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop
where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including
7 intact statues.

A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including - correct

E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been
reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Pls explain why any choice is wrong/correct.

thanks

what's wrong with answer A?

I think it is C.
what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including 7 intact statues

in fact, fragments of 1532 figures/statues should not include 7 intact(whole) ones, we should separate fragments of statues from intact statues by using and

I would eliminate all ...including... and ... and... as well as ...what might have been ... choices

C is the optimal choice
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09 Aug 2007, 16:33
1. at the site and not what might have been a workshop
"what might ..." is clumsy and logically wrong

2. intact statues are not "fragments" so "and"

easy one, C
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09 Aug 2007, 16:48
i thought C, but am not really sure. Don't like "what might have been" but I don't think its an idiom either...
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09 Aug 2007, 17:37
'what might have been' is plain wordy.
Now,the real question is whether the fragments included the statues or the statues were separate....ie use including or and

I think C is right as fragments cant be intact statues.
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09 Aug 2007, 17:42
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An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including 7 intact statues.

A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been
reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Pls explain why any choice is wrong/correct.

thanks

i also go with C cuz human figures' fragments and statutes are two different things and cannot be explained using including.

So A,D and E are out. between B and C, i choose C for more clarity.
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09 Aug 2007, 22:16
currently everyone is wrong on this.

want to try more? anyone?
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10 Aug 2007, 00:23
empty_spaces wrote:
:no currently everyone is wrong on this.

want to try more? anyone?

oh dear.... is it E?

that's the only one with the correct use of 'might have been' - an event that could have occured but never did. I looked up the dictionary.

because the possible site of the statue workshop was used for other purpose (archaeological excavation), staues were never produced in that workshop.
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10 Aug 2007, 00:54
Wow, I said C.

I still think E is wrong-- yielded 1532 fragments of statues, including 7 intact ones is logically incorrect (common sense dictates that an intact statue isn't fragmented).
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10 Aug 2007, 03:10
empty_spaces wrote:
:no currently everyone is wrong on this.

want to try more? anyone?

OA might be wrong as well
what is the source,
logically C is the best answer but do you have the explanations where it says E ?
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10 Aug 2007, 07:35
I found this question in the forum itself...it was asked long time back ...you should be able to search for it.

at that time people suck as paul had accepted the answer but there was not explanation, so i would assume the the OA is correct.

Ravshonbek wrote:
empty_spaces wrote:
:no currently everyone is wrong on this.

want to try more? anyone?

OA might be wrong as well
what is the source,
logically C is the best answer but do you have the explanations where it says E ?
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10 Aug 2007, 11:53
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'what might have been' is plain wordy.
Now,the real question is whether the fragments included the statues or the statues were separate....ie use including or and

I think C is right as fragments cant be intact statues.

I was wrong initially...C is redundant.

Archaelogical excavation at a site...no need to repeat 'site'.

B is the answer.

Paul is right indeed...see the link below:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=8630
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10 Aug 2007, 13:45
wow.. this was a tricky question. Thanks for posting it.
Couldn't figure out in two attempts.

An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and 7 intact statues.

can someone explain what 'where' refers to? workshop or the site of the archaeological excavation ( in other words 'what might have been a workshop').

Am i correct in understanding that the clause 'what might have been a workshop' is working as a pronoun?
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10 Aug 2007, 16:40
A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Wrong:

- "fragments of human figures" can not include "intact statues"

B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

Right:

- "at" requires a noun next to it. Here pronoun "what" is serving the purpose.
- "where" is clearly refering to "workshop"
- It's clear that the excavation yielded "fragments of human figures" and "intact statues"

C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures and

Wrong:

- "the site of a possible workshop" sounds as if we are talking about future.

D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced
yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Wrong:

- "the site of a possible workshop" sounds as if we are talking about future.
- "fragments of human figures" can not include "intact statues"

E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been
reproduced yielded 1,532 fragments of human figures, including

Wrong:

- "the site of a possible workshop" sounds as if we are talking about future.
- "fragments of human figures" can not include "intact statues"
- I think "where statues might have been reproduced" may be correct

- Brajesh
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