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In the minds of many people living in England, before [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 03:00
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43. 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 unimagin¬able 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 03 Sep 2004, 04:02
IMO, A is clear...my choice as well.

B comes close, but implies that Australia had not been there at one point of time.
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Re: SC Australia [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 04:43
I have seen it in OG. That time I picked up E.

I think A gives the correct sense. However, I could say this only after I read the explanation. 8-) 8-)

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43. 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 unimagin¬able 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 03 Sep 2004, 05:56
I would pick E too.

But can someone explain why it should be A.

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 08:22
yes, like most , can somebody explain why E is not the answer.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 10:48
This question has to do with logic.
D and E distort the meaning. Let's look at them.

(E) Australia was what had been known as the antipodes

This means that Australia was known as the antipodes but no longer is today. What we really want is for the sentence to convey the idea that today's Australia used to be known as the antipodes. Only A conveys that and we'll get back to it.

E is same as saying:
Rex was what had been known as a dog --> This means that Rex was knwon as a dog but is no longer thought of as being a dog

The same logic applies to E. As a matter of fact, D says the same thing. Only A clearly says that before Australia was [known as] Australia (weird yes but not improper), it was [known as] the antipodes. This properly says that Australia used to be thought of as the Antipodes but no longer is today.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2004, 10:51
Great explanation Paul!!!

I will keep this in my mind.

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2004, 06:13
So a corollary to E, does this mean Australia is still known as antipodes ?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2004, 08:02
Thank you Paul for this explaination.
When I was younger, last week, I chose E... shame on me...
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