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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian aphabets.

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B. the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

D. with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

E. with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2007, 04:34
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I go with answer E.


What is OA????


it has to be C, D or E

Between C and E, I will choose E.
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 22:46
(bump) Looking for more explanations from the verbal gurus.

I had a hard time figuring this one out. Can someone shed some light? 8-)
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Re: SC-Achaemenid Empire [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 23:03
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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian aphabets.

A.

B. the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

D. with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

E. with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and


wierd one. let me try.
between what is 'it' here?

it has to be C, D or E (using the ear here)

C - best

both the X and the Y
or
both X and Y is correct. Else it changes the meaning.

E - out.
D - out. action not in present tense
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 [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2007, 23:08
I'll go with C.

Few things need to be looked here.

We need plural "derive" because "derive both X and Y" is plural.

Second, "both the X and the Y" is more appropriate here as Northern and Southern Indian Alphabets are definite objects.
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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian aphabets.

A. the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

***misplaced modifier***

B. the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the
***awkward construction and misplaced modifier***

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

**correct****
D. with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

****wrong S-V agreement***

E. with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and
******verb is required instead of gerund****
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2007, 06:27
I will go with E.

I don't see how C can be correct.

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

'from which derive' <-- who is doing the deriving here? it sounds awkward.

can someone provide a better explanation?

what's the OA?
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2007, 16:51
C .alphabets is plural .Therefor it should be derive.
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2007, 08:09
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I will go with E.

I don't see how C can be correct.

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

'from which derive' <-- who is doing the deriving here? it sounds awkward.

can someone provide a better explanation?

what's the OA?


Read the sentence the other way round:
Both Northern and Southern alphabets derive from the script.

C is correct.
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A) same as above ....."IT" here refers to empire...and then "from which" says that the northern and southern alphabets were derived from the empire, and not from the scripts itself.

B) the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the.......Again "IT" here refers to empire...and then "from which" says that the northern and southern alphabets were derived from the empire, and not from the scripts itself.

C) with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

D) with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and ...THe only thing wrong with this sentence...is the word DERIVES....Northern and Southern alphabets are PLURAL....therefore it should read from which DERIVE both the northern and southern alphabets. (

E) with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and the...I guess in gmat land....from which is more frequently used....and also..."FROM IT" what does that refer to..its ambiguous..it could refer to the empire (which is singular) or the script (which is singular).

SO therefore C is the correct answer

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 [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2007, 17:49
i dont know how you can say in D the SV agreement is wrong?

here is an example...

both the alphabets a and b are ...

both english and greek alphabets are derived from latin etc

I think D makes sense here...

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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and southern Indian aphabets.

A. the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and

***misplaced modifier***

B. the Aramaic script with it, and from which deriving both the northern and the
***awkward construction and misplaced modifier***

C. with it the Aramaic script, from which derive both the northern and the

**correct****
D. with it the Aramaic script, from which derives both northern and

****wrong S-V agreement***

E. with it the Aramaic script, and deriving from it both the northern and
******verb is required instead of gerund****
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