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In the minds of many people living in England, before [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 05:04
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In the minds of many people living in England, before Australia was Australia, it was
the antipodes,
the opposite pole to civilization, an obscure and unimaginable place that
was considered the end of the world.
(A) before Australia was Australia, it was the antipodes
(B) before there was Australia, it was the antipodes
(C) it was the antipodes that was Australia
(D) Australia was what was the antipodes
(E) Australia was what had been known as the antipodes.
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Re: style [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 05:14
D and E - "what" error
C - that pronoun error
B - there is passive

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In the minds of many people living in England, before Australia was Australia, it was
the antipodes,
the opposite pole to civilization, an obscure and unimaginable place that
was considered the end of the world.
(A) before Australia was Australia, it was the antipodes
(B) before there was Australia, it was the antipodes
(C) it was the antipodes that was Australia
(D) Australia was what was the antipodes
(E) Australia was what had been known as the antipodes.
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Re: style [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 05:47
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What is "what" error" ?

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Re: style [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 06:04
sorry I dont mean to invent a fancy name. "what" is used for exclusivity. Its usage is more of a empahsizer in D and E. The side effect is the change of meaning. In D and E the emphasis is on "Australia". Infact it should emphasize "antipodes" like in A.

Pls also note that underlined part MUST end in antipodes. Antipodes = opposite pole. I am referring Oxford dictionary.
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Re: style [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2011, 10:49
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sorry I dont mean to invent a fancy name. "what" is used for exclusivity. Its usage is more of a empahsizer in D and E. The side effect is the change of meaning. In D and E the emphasis is on "Australia". Infact it should emphasize "antipodes" like in A.

Pls also note that underlined part MUST end in antipodes. Antipodes = opposite pole. I am referring Oxford dictionary.


Yes, and (E) has the past-past tense "what had been known"--which is incorrect tense. You can modify it to be:
"Australia was known as the antipodes, the opposite pole to civilization..."

You could also modify (D) like so without the extra words that gmat1220 mentioned:
"Australia was the antipodes, the opposite pole to civilization..."
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