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That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the
excavating
of a 1,000-year-old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has
nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exist.
A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

OA is E. However, The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
Could anybody clarify?
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Here during means throughout the period. There are other uses like you said.

E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation ----> figurines were discovered throughout the excavation of the 1,000-year-old village

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OA is E. However, The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
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27 Jul 2010, 17:15
The discovery of.......has doubled the number of these artifacts........

E for me.
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27 Jul 2010, 17:33
noboru wrote:
That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the
excavating
of a 1,000-year-old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has
nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exist.
A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

OA is E. However, The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
Could anybody clarify?

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29 Jul 2010, 06:43
Again saw this Q somewhere .........guess in OA or GMAT prep
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29 Jul 2010, 07:33
Has to be E. As someone pointed out during here means throughout the period.
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15 Aug 2015, 17:57
Request you not to write your queries/answers/opinions in question window. It prevents ppl from analysing the question. The whole purpose of GMAT Club forum goes wasted by doing so.

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12 Sep 2015, 01:12
if action noun exist, we use it, not doing as a noun

is this a message gmat want to send to us?

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20 Jul 2016, 22:51
noboru wrote:
That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the
excavating
of a 1,000-year-old Hohokam village in Tempe, Arizona, has
nearly doubled the number of these artifacts known to exist.
A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation
C. Discovering twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation

OA is E. However, The problem I have with E is that I have always thought that "during" has to appear with a specific time. Ex.- during one year, during Prehistoric era, etc. and never in phrases such as I drank a lot during my birthday, or I will meet my cousin during holidays.
Could anybody clarify?

THE ISSUE AT HAND IN THIS PROBLEM IS SUBJECT VERB AGREEMENT

Look at the non underlined part, (which as per GMAT rule contains no error) and notice the linking verb "HAS"
(Linking verbs such as "IS" "HAS" "BE" "BEING" "WAS" etc etc show a relationship between the subject and the complement)
It clearly indicated that the complement must be singular because "has" is singular. SO the subject of the sentence CAN ONLY BE SINGULAR AND CANNOT BE PLURAL.
In all option A,B,C,D the subject is figurines, which is the plural of figure .... so none of them can be the correct options

In ONLY E in subject of the sentence is discovery which is singular and hence correctly links with "has"
A. That twenty-one ceramic dog figurines were discovered during the excavating WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
B. Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines discovered at the excavation WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
C. Discovering Twenty-one ceramic dog figurines at the excavating WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
D. Ceramic dog figurines, twenty-one of which were discovered during excavating WRONG SV - plural "figurines" + singular "has" INCORRECT
E. The discovery of twenty-one ceramic dog figurines during the excavation RIGHT Singular subject "discovery+singular linking verb "has"
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