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SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 13:24
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Hi Experts,
Could anyone explain in a bit detail the usage of rule in the following question:

Q:Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent

many thanks in anticipation.
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 03 Feb 2010, 13:34
IMO here we should solve parallelism issue. The original sentence looks best:

Archeologists have excavated wooden hull, that is . . . . . . . and that thus represents . . . . . .
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 05:56
what is de OA...i thought of E in the first sight
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 06:08
I agree with Shalva. "A" looks perfect.
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 07:54
Each of the alternative choices create an issue with parallelism. Choice A is the best option.
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 08:19
Hi Guys,
OA is A.
Thanks for your contributions.
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Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 08:42
The overall question is basically split into 2 parts - the first part explains about a boat 5000 years ago being found out, and the second compares its advancement compared to even more older boats.

The second choice is wrong because of the usage - "THIS HAS" because the usage is unclear as to what has proved the significant advancement. Is it finding the boat? Or Is it the boat being built 5000 years ago?

The 3rd,4th and 5th choice is wrong again for the same reason mentioned above as the usage - "AND IT" or "THAT WAS" or "TO" are incorrect and unclear.

I am a starter too so please correct me if I am wrong.

Cheers. :-D
Re: SC: Absolute Phrase usage   [#permalink] 04 Feb 2010, 08:42
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