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# Madagascar was one of the last habitable areas of the earth

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495.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
(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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03 May 2008, 03:12
I agree with E
D is both too choppy and it is not clear whether "making it" refers to Madagascar or the fact that it underwent human settlement.
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03 May 2008, 15:42
My god! I eliminated E as soon as I saw 'because' in the beginning.
(I read some where that it is not good practice to start a sentence with because).
So now I know I must be careful.

I fell for this trap. Totally agree with E.
In D, 'making it'....'it' is pointing to what? ( as pointed by Paul).
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03 May 2008, 16:41
They author wants to convey that BECAUSE Madagascar was the last one to undergo settlement, it is ideal for research.

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

This implies that Madagascar is ideal for research because of the human settlement alone - there is no emphasis on the "last" part.

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D how it changes meaning, bsd_lover?
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03 May 2008, 17:47
Thanks, OA is E
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05 May 2008, 19:23
This one is brutal.
E for me as well. I almost went for D.
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