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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 07:07
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.
(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

sorry to post OA: B, but my concern is to understand the difference between B&D. Help.
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 07:15
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.
(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

sorry to post OA: B, but my concern is to understand the difference between B&D. Help.


I think supposed refers to predecessors, whereas supposedly refers to Meditteranean. Therefore, supposed makes sense here as the sentence is speaking more about age rather than heritage/characteristics.
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 07:39
supposedly=adverb--> modifier to a verb, an adverb, a clause, a phrase, a sentence, an adjective
supposed=adjective--> modifier to a noun

As you can see, what comes after "supposed" is a noun and should thus be preceded by an adjective.

However, "supposed" could also be used as a past participle in which case you would have a sentence as follows:
You are supposed to eat what I tell you to eat.
As you can see, "supposed" here plays the role of a past participle (to be + participle). As such, you will have "supposed" in front of a verb (to eat)
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2008, 10:52
B: “Supposed” functions as participle and can function as adjective. Therefore it can modify the “Mediterranean predecessors”

D: “supposedly” functions as adverb and cannot modify the noun/pronoun – in this case “Mediterranean predecessors”

You can find more information at: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/verbs.htm#participle
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2008, 10:01
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 02:51
B changes the meaning. older than does not include as old as.
Could anybody clarify?
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 11:53
B is correct. supposed (M processors) means that it wasn't sure that they were predecessors. Hence "supposed predecessors". May be monuments in M are not predecessors of those found in Brittany but a branch - who knows? because the carbon dating reveals Brittany's to be older - kinda similar to

child is older than the "supposed father" :wink:

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B changes the meaning. older than does not include as old as.
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2010, 12:49
it is between B and D.

before reading the posts I did not understand the difference between 'supposed' and 'supposedly'.
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 28 Apr 2011, 20:39
Not very clear why B but not C , Any idea
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2011, 02:53
Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.
(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly


Here one thing seems to be certain that predecessors are Mediterranean, and that why an adjective is used before the noun (Mediterranean).

As per my understanding if we used supposedly it creates some kind of doubt as if we are not sure whether predecessors were Mediterranean or not.

So answer has to be B.
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Re: SC - Carbon-14 [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2011, 08:27
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.
(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

sorry to post OA: B, but my concern is to understand the difference between B&D. Help.


I think supposed refers to predecessors, whereas supposedly refers to Meditteranean. Therefore, supposed makes sense here as the sentence is speaking more about age rather than heritage/characteristics.


Hi friends,
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Re: Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2013, 01:33
Can anybody please explain why can't it be "as old as"?
A & B are correct grammatically.
B changes the meaning. Why can't the two monuments be equal in age?
I thought we were asked to go by the original meaning of the sentence. So I chose A. But I am confused now.
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Re: Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 22:29
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Can anybody please explain why can't it be "as old as"?
A & B are correct grammatically.
B changes the meaning. Why can't the two monuments be equal in age?
I thought we were asked to go by the original meaning of the sentence. So I chose A. But I am confused now.



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When you mention 'twice/thrice' or some multiplication between two quantities as

A * x times = B , then you use 'as Adjective/adverb/OLD/ as'

However, when the sentence mentions a figure 2000 years ,it has to be a addition/subtraction between quantities.

A+2000=B

So the correct idiom is OLDER THAN.
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Re: Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 22:34
My query pertains to below possible two constructions:

Adjective + Adjective + Noun.
Adverb + Adjective + Noun.

The above sentence has two issues

(1). Construction as shown above
(2). Comparison

My doubt is how we could zero on whether we have to use "SUPPOSED" or "SUPPOSEDLY".

Per the sentence we don't know whether the predecessors are MEDITERRANEAN or not.

And as have been said in above posts that MEDITERRANEAN is a noun , I don't agree as it is an Adjective.

So how we decide whether "SUPPOSED" modifies "PREDECESSORS"
OR "SUPPOSEDLY" modifies "MEDITERRANEAN".

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