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# Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years

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Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.
(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

pls explain your choice in detail. thx!
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27 Aug 2009, 02:02
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notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?

The best answer choice is A.
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notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?

The best answer choice is A.

Nicely explained!!
"A" for me too!
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28 Aug 2009, 03:42
btw, I think the question was pretty easy, probably for 650 score.
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28 Aug 2009, 08:58
thanks for you guys' explainations.
A is in many aspects better than C.
there is only one point confuse me: "residents" are people, but A says "the residents ... were part of a widespread culture "
can people are part of a culture?
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mikeCoolBoy wrote:
notice that the sentence include a reference in time at that time, so simple past is the correct verb tense.
eliminate B and D

In option E which cannot refer to people; it also uses past perfect, but it's not necessary.

Option C presents two problems
First is wordier than A
Second I think that you cannot say "a culture that was Algonquian-speaking". Can a culture be Algonquian-speaking? Can a culture speak?

The best answer choice is A.

Very good explanation, mike. Though I selected A, I overlooked the point 'at that time' as you rightly mentioned, and just thought there is no duration and hence no need to go for 'had been'.

Your post highlights that its very important to pay attention to each and everything in GMAT!
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01 Mar 2014, 23:47
Option A seems most concise.
In B,'people who were...'(passive construction) is unnecessarily wordy.
In C & D,it was people,and not culture,who spoke the language.
In E,'which' is incorrect usage to refer to people.

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flyinhair wrote:
Native American burial sites dating back 5,000 years indicate that the residents of Maine at that time were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people.
(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture

pls explain your choice in detail. thx!

IMO - A

(A) were part of a widespread culture of Algonquian-speaking people >> CORRECT
(B) had been part of a widespread culture of people who were Algonquian-speaking >> incorrect - had been. plus wordy construction.
(C) were people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking >> culture was not Algonquian-speaking, but people.
(D) had been people who were part of a widespread culture that was Algonquian-speaking >> incorrect - had been. culture was not Algonquian-speaking, but people.
(E) were a people which had been part of a widespread, Algonquian-speaking culture >> incorrect - which, had been.
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18 Jun 2016, 22:49
+1 for A.

Split 1 : Past perfect is not required here. So B, D out. E also out because of a people.
Split 2 : C is pretty awkward and wordy. Adjective modifier is better than noun modifier.

So A is the correct answer.
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