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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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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 18:50
ya know A seems best...

(b) it <not sure whts its refering to England, Antipodes, people?>

C-E all have fairly obvious grammatical errors..
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 20:03
Meaning SC. What was the antipodes? Only (A) is logical here.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 20:48
A is the right choice.

D and E are awkward.
B and C have 'it' hanging.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 22:17
I was not comfortable with the usage "before Australia was Australia". Does nt that sound awkward?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 22:40
How do we know that the 'it' in A refers to Australia, and not England?
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 23:41
Though E does not sound best, I would go for it.

"before Australia was Australia" does not make sense. I mean Australia was always Australia.
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 [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2006, 23:53
One more for A.

E is just too askward for me. Australia was what had....

We either need, Australia was known or ...
Australia had been known...

Not both.
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2006, 21:37
OA is A

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Choice A is best, for A alone makes clear that the land now known as Australia was considered the antipodes before it was developed. In B, it has no logical referent, because the previous clause describes a time when
there was no Australia. Nor does it have a referent in C: substituting Australia for it produces a nonsensical statement. D is wordy, with the unnecessary what was, and imprecise in suggesting that Australia was considered the antipodes after it became Australia. E similarly distorts the original meaning, and the past perfect had been is inconsistent with the past tense used to establish a time frame for the rest of the sentence.
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