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Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it an ideal site for researching rare flora and fauna.
(A) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it
(B) Madagascar wabs one of the last habitable areas of the earth to have undergone human settlement, and that has made it
(C) Madagascar underwent human settlement as one of the last habitable areas of the earth, which makes it
(D) Madagascar, one of the last habitable areas of the earth, underwent human settlement, making it
(E) Because Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, it is

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26 Jun 2006, 21:27
A - ,which refers to settlement - wrong
B - tense ( not sure but doen't sound right )
C- ,which refers to earth -wrong
D- Correct
E- Tense ( was .. is )
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26 Jun 2006, 21:51
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A - ,which refers to settlement - wrong
B - tense ( not sure but doen't sound right )
C- ,which refers to earth -wrong
D- Correct
E- Tense ( was .. is )

Should be E.
In D, ' it ' is can refer to either 'Madagascar' or 'Human settlements'.
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27 Jun 2006, 05:28
You are right.. D is wrong.

I have a question regarding D.
Whether the structure of the sentece is correct if you don't use it ?

Madagascar, one of the last habitable areas of the earth, underwent human settlement, making Madagascar an ideal site for research
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27 Jun 2006, 05:32
Yeah - looks like E.

A B are out due to ambiguous usage of 'which' and 'and that'. C & D change the meaning. Hence out.
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27 Jun 2006, 20:11
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Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it an ideal site for researching rare flora and fauna.
(A) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it
(B) Madagascar wabs one of the last habitable areas of the earth to have undergone human settlement, and that has made it
(C) Madagascar underwent human settlement as one of the last habitable areas of the earth, which makes it
(D) Madagascar, one of the last habitable areas of the earth, underwent human settlement, making it
(E) Because Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, it is

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(A) 'which' has no clear referent
(B) 'to have undergone' is wrong ==> the last to do something
also 'that' has no clear referent
(C) Madagascar didn't undergo human settlement yet
(D) The same with C
(E) OK
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14 Jul 2007, 17:37
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nakib77 wrote:
8. Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it an ideal site for researching rare flora and fauna.

(A) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it

(B) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to have undergone human settlement, and that has made it
that restricts human settlement and it becomes improperly referred to human settlement. it should refer back to madagascar.

(C) Madagascar underwent human settlement as one of the last habitable areas of the earth, which makes it

(D) Madagascar, one of the last habitable areas of the earth, underwent human settlement, making it

(E) Because Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, it is

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with D?

What D means is that undergoing human settlement makes Madagascar an ideal site for research.
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14 Jul 2007, 21:29
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nakib77 wrote:
8. Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it an ideal site for researching rare flora and fauna.

(A) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, which has made it

(B) Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to have undergone human settlement, and that has made it
that restricts human settlement and it becomes improperly referred to human settlement. it should refer back to madagascar.

(C) Madagascar underwent human settlement as one of the last habitable areas of the earth, which makes it

(D) Madagascar, one of the last habitable areas of the earth, underwent human settlement, making it

(E) Because Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth to undergo human settlement, it is

Can anyone tell me what is wrong with D?

D changes the meaning of the original sentence.

According to the actual sentence, Madagascar is one of the last habitable areas that underwent human settlement

But D changes that to - Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth .
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