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# The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious

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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month.

(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival’s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival’s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival
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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek <world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month>.

A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month
B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival's month
C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

C is best.

in all the others, its not obvious who proclaimed the truce...it could be olympic games or the states.

in C, they refers to the closest noun "states" and clearly indicates that the
states proclaimed the truce.
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25 Nov 2003, 22:25
I afraid that C is not the official choice.

it's D
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26 Nov 2003, 00:21
dj wrote:
I afraid that C is not the official choice.

it's D

and where did you get this SC from

any explanations
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26 Nov 2003, 06:51
to be candid..I have no explanation for it as I also got C, but struck by the different answer.
I got it from one of the online-forum with no good explanation given
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26 Nov 2003, 09:25
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to be candid..I have no explanation for it as I also got C, but struck by the different answer.
I got it from one of the online-forum with no good explanation given

what did those guys say about D?

i will check this construction out and come back to you.

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26 Nov 2003, 12:48
I think is D.

In C "they" could reference "states" or "Olympic Games".
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I think is D.

In C "they" could reference "states" or "Olympic Games".

martin

excellent question, but not quite correct.

olympic games is a "inanimate" proper noun...the pronoun should be "it".

for example, niagara falls ...these proper nouns can only be represented

by it.

try Ukraine.. there is no Ukraines

they

Used to refer to the ones previously mentioned or implied.

Usage Problem. Used to refer to the one previously mentioned or implied, especially as a substitute for generic he: Every person has rights under the law, but they don't always know them. See Usage Note at he1.

Used to refer to people in general.
Used to refer to people in general as seen in a position of authority.
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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek <<world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalâ€™s month.>>
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalâ€™s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festivalâ€™s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

Plz explain.
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12 Jul 2004, 17:54
Will go with B
Participial Phrase proclaiming ... correctly modifying peace
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Agree with B but just to mention that "proclaiming" is modifying "Olympic Games" because it is the latter which performs the act of proclaiming, not the "peace".
A and D are out because of more wordy passive tense
C) subject-verb agreement problem
E) again, unnecessarily wordy
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12 Jul 2004, 20:03
I take A. Paul if you take B, can you keep the cause - effect meaning of the sentence??
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D. The Olympic Games cannot proclaim anything.
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12 Jul 2004, 22:16
Paul wrote:
Agree with B but just to mention that "proclaiming" is modifying "Olympic Games" because it is the latter which performs the act of proclaiming, not the "peace".
A and D are out because of more wordy passive tense
C) subject-verb agreement problem
E) again, unnecessarily wordy

Paul,
I am having this problem to identify the noun that a participial phrase modifies in a sentence. Could you please help me on this (if possible with some examples).

Thanks a lot
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13 Jul 2004, 10:52
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I find nothing wrong with A.

B. Can Olymic Games proclaim ?
C. SV agreement. Can some classify what "The Olympic games" is ? Is it a compound subject or what ? I'm a bit confused here.

DE . month of the festival seems wordy.

On second thoughts. Pardon my confusion here

A&B have festival's month. It seems as if the month belongs to the festival.

D. month of the festival looks wordy. "festival month" is short and sweet.

E. has proclaimed " truce that was for the month of festival". It seems as if the truce was only for the time period of the festival month.

My org answer was A. But I am leaning towards C.

May I know that OA pls

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13 Jul 2004, 11:14
OA is C.
I think the reason B is wrong is is because of 'festival's month'. The right usage is 'festical month'.

But I am not sure about C as 'they' is ambiguous.
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14 Jul 2004, 09:11
I agree with C because of the verb "proclaimed". It keeps the correct tense throughout. I believe they is referring to the Greek Gods.
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06 Feb 2005, 02:52
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I agree with C because of the verb "proclaimed". It keeps the correct tense throughout. I believe they is referring to the Greek Gods.

Half of the year...and no new explanations!

Ok, my reasoning is that THEY reffers to pugnucious states not to Greek Gods

but we should pay attention for the rest part of underlined sentence. And we can note that there is another difference - festival month without apostrophe! Is is right?!
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06 Feb 2005, 04:32
[quote="singh_satya"]The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek <<world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalâ€™s month.>>
(A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festivalâ€™s month
(B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festivalâ€™s month
(C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
(D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
(E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

very confused.

In C, I think they means Greek people rather than Olympic Games.
a bit of ambiguous.
any explanation?
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The Olympic Games helped to keep peace among the pugnacious states of the Greek world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month.

A) world in that a sacred truce was proclaimed during the festival's month
B) world, proclaiming a sacred truce during the festival's month
C) world when they proclaimed a sacred truce for the festival month
D) world, for a sacred truce was proclaimed during the month of the festival
E) world by proclamation of a sacred truce that was for the month of the festival

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