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Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.

A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent
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14 Jun 2010, 12:53
A.

Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
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14 Jun 2010, 14:00
I'll be going with A because of //sm
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25 Jun 2010, 10:19
good question. was torn between A and E.

my pick is A for parallelism.
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26 Jun 2010, 02:27
A from my side too.What is the OA
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04 Jan 2011, 02:35
oa is a
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04 Jan 2011, 08:02
I thought ans would be B ....could not sense the existence of "that"
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21 Mar 2011, 08:59
fairly simple, A is the answer. 'that thus represents' is correct tense usage, 'that is representing' is flawed.
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21 Mar 2011, 11:28
+1 A

Use of the dash.
Parallelism.
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13 Aug 2014, 19:58
my choice is E, very concise.

Anyone could help me point out where I am going wrong?
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05 May 2015, 02:20
Good Question. Bumping this one up
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It's useful to post some sort of an explanation with your answers.

The long dash is used to indicate an example or an aside. Only the example or aside goes inside the dash, so that example either has to go all the way to the end of the sentence or we need to "close" the dash at some point by putting a second one in. In this case, the "in other words" text only applies to the "built boat" concept, so I want to "close" the dash when I'm done talking about it. So eliminate C, D, and E.

Then, between A and B, only A follows parallelism. "Archaeologists have excavated a hull that is X and that represents Y." Only A does that correctly.
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15 Oct 2015, 06:56
My reasoning-
A - looks okay keep
B- "represented" - doesn't it represent to this day. At-least that's what the author is trying to say - Eliminate
C- "It" - can mean the discovery/ Egypt - Ambiguous - eliminate
D- "was" - why? - Eliminate
E- "to represent" means to say the purpose of construction is "to represent" - an advancement in technique- Eliminate
Thus - "A"
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