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GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 01:12
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Neanderthals had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary with modern Homo Sapiens, who originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago.
A. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary with modern Homo sapiens, who
B. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens that
C. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens, which
D. lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens, who
E. lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were contemporary with modern Homo sapiens, who

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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 03:36
I will chose E for correct idiom :contemporary with
also no need for past participle
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Neanderthals had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary with modern Homo Sapiens, who originated in Africa about 200,000 years ago.
A. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary with modern Homo sapiens, who
B. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens that
C. had lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens, which
D. lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were thus contemporary to modern Homo sapiens, who
E. lived in Europe and western Asia from 400,000 to some 30,000 years ago and were contemporary with modern Homo sapiens, who
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 04:50
A is correct, past perfect followed by simple past.
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2009, 11:24
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agree with A


Suresh, why do we need a perfect tense here?

A,B and C use "had" which is not needed.
D and E use the correct tense, but both have problems. D uses "contemporary to" instead of "contemporary with". E is missing "thus", which is followed by conclusion (that the Neanderthals are contemporary with modern Homo Sapiens).
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2009, 03:29
My answer is A.

The past perfect is required + 'with' is the preposition.

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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2009, 04:37
A.
1. I am not sure that we need past perfect, though
2. we need "thus" to show the intended relationship between the 2 sentence parts.
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2009, 20:52
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Since both events in the sentence occurred simultaneously, “had” is not desired in A, B and C. “Homo sapiens” in B, and C cannot be referred by “that and/or which”. The correct idiom is “contemporary to” as in B, C, D and E not “contemporary with” as in A. D, the best answer, is correct in terms of idiom and tense.
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I chose D because I know that contemporary with is wrong.

Two individuals/groups are always contemporary to each other.

For example, We will tell our children some time that Roger Federer was a contemporary to Rafael Nadal.

How ever, the grey area of this Q is again past perfect.

IIRC, Past Perfect should be used when two events happened in the past. Does this explicitly mean that one event started, it completed and then the second event happened after the first event and there is no overlap of events ( happening together ) what so ever?? Can some one shed more light on this?

If the overlap of events makes it a No No for Past Perfect, the other Q on Sudan also makes sense. Providing happened until expulsion happened.
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 10:02
I am confused between A and E. Whether we should use past perfect or simple past? (if time and sequence mentioned clearly).
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 27 Mar 2009, 13:38
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2011, 23:17
700+. This one uses idiom and the final answer can be completely filtered based on the idiom usage. Since GMAC is trying to phase out idiom based questions, it's better if the answer choices can be structured to apply multiple rules (other than just the idiom) to arrive at the correct answer.
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 08 Dec 2011, 23:24
Unnecessary use of perfect tense in A, B, C. No subsequent past event
E - Simply connects two clauses by 'and', suggesting they are independent of each other while the original sentence clearly implies a connection with 'thus'
Hence, D

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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2011, 02:10
This sentence belongs to 700+ group

I do not remember too much about "contemporary to", I confuse between D and E. Chosen D based on my sense. There are another reason that make E wrong, aren't there?
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Re: GMAT Club Experimental SC 2-6 [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2011, 10:07
Though confused between D n E, i chose D becauce contemporary to sounds ok and also because of the use of thus....
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