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For nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing the palms of government officials for basic services.
A)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing
B)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places such as Aribar we Noz and greased
C)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government has turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places, such as Aribar we Noz, that greased
D)twenty years, nearly, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing
E)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees had built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places such as Aribar we Noz and greased
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As far as i know in GMAT like is not the proper word to show examples. How like is acceptable in option A. Someone throw some light....
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08 Jun 2013, 09:44
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As far as i know in GMAT like is not the proper word to show examples. How like is acceptable in option A. Someone throw some light....

In this case, like s not used to give examples, it is showing the similarity with places ...
it is trying to say places of the kind, not places for example ...

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08 Jun 2013, 11:24
I felt it was clearly option A - all the other options had a small error at this part --> "as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have/had built homes "

As you can clearly see, we need the simple past tense form in the above section & only option A gives it.
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08 Jun 2013, 16:35
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For nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing the palms of government officials for basic services.
A)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing
B)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes without permission on private parcels of land in places such as Aribar we Noz and greased
C)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government has turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places, such as Aribar we Noz, that greased
D)twenty years, nearly, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees have built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places like Aribar we Noz, greasing
E)nearly twenty years, the Mubarak government turned a blind eye as thousands of poor Sudanese refugees had built homes, without permission, on private parcels of land in places such as Aribar we Noz and greased

On the 1st look , the splits are based on the ,-ing modifier.

The 1st option looks correct at the -ing modifier is correctly modifying the clause before it.

Options B-E have tense issues. Perfect tenses are not required as used in those options as their is no time sequence relationship.
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18 Oct 2014, 23:26
but in A the meaning is not clear what is greasing modifying?? the mubarak government or the entire clause either ways it doesn't make sense
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24 Nov 2014, 06:05
Why is the tense wrong in E??

what indicates that simple past is necessary here?
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