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The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 18:56
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The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East tHat were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

(A) that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but

(B) that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also

(C) having been cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously but

(D) cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence of centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously but also

(E) cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but

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I came up with D and I understand why it's wrong, but E sounds awkward to me...it seems that there should be a comma after "with" in order for the sentence to be smooth.

I would appreciate the collective input on this questoin...thanks.
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Re: OG 12 SC #68 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 19:19
That's great, thank you for the detailed breakdown, very helpful.

gurpreetsingh, do you have a good source for the use of "that"...it's giving me some heartache :)

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Re: OG 12 SC #68 [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2010, 19:22
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The subject is trenches and hence the verb has to be have yielded and not yields. So dump B and D. In C, having been cut is ungrammatical. Between A and E, strong evidence for societies that were arising as in choice A is wrong idiomatically, and dictionally. E is the only choice without any errors.
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Re: OG 12 SC #68 [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2011, 14:44
gurpreetsingh wrote:
martie11 wrote:
The first trenches that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East tHat were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

(A) that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but
that can not modify middle east. Other way could be to separate clauses using that, but 'that' is used wrongly in that content too.
(B) that were cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
SV-agreement error -> The trenches is plural , but yields is singular

(C) having been cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously but -->simultaneously with is required. X but Y-> X and Y should be parallel. here y is - independently of

(D) cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, yields strong evidence of centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously but also ->Same as C

(E) cut into a 500-acre site at Tell Hamoukar, Syria, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but
simultaneously with but independently of - bolded parts are parallel


Thanks for this detailed explanation...
Re: OG 12 SC #68   [#permalink] 03 Jan 2011, 14:44
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