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The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

(A) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(B) has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(C) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is
(D) have been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are
(E) are established by carbon-14 dating, but that which is much more difficult to determine is
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10 Aug 2006, 08:04
Going with B.
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The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.
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10 Aug 2006, 08:20
Straight B

The period.....has........is the reason....
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10 Aug 2006, 09:32
period --- needs 'has'

so we are left with A and B.

Since we need is at the end, A is out B is the answer.
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10 Aug 2006, 09:54
mailtheguru wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight B

The period.....has........is the reason....

aren't there 2 things: reason and meaning?

Reason, use and Meaning are all part of parallel NOUN Phrases...
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10 Aug 2006, 17:57
Going with (B).
Same reasons as explained by mahesh004
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10 Aug 2006, 19:20
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mailtheguru wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight B

The period.....has........is the reason....

aren't there 2 things: reason and meaning?

Reason, use and Meaning are all part of parallel NOUN Phrases...

Maybe i am missing something blatant. But i would appreciate if you could explain this.

The pen, pencil and eraser are on the table. Isn't this sentence like this? Dont we require "are"?
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10 Aug 2006, 19:36
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Maybe i am missing something blatant. But i would appreciate if you could explain this.

The pen, pencil and eraser are on the table. Isn't this sentence like this? Dont we require "are"?

According to me, there are three independent action happening :

The period when the great painted caves at Lascaux and Altamira were occupied by Upper Paleolithic people has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine is the reason for their decoration, the use to which primitive people put the caves, and the meaning of the magnificently depicted animals.

All are parallel noun phrases as already pointed out.
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11 Aug 2006, 07:05
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight B

The period.....has........is the reason....

Used identical logic:

(B) hands down.

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Edited: Sorry I meant B, it`s 1am here in Japan so I must be starting to fade out..

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11 Aug 2006, 07:38
GMATT73 wrote:
ps_dahiya wrote:
Straight B

The period.....has........is the reason....

Used identical logic:

(A) hands down.

1:34

How it can be A??

has been established by carbon-14 dating, but what is much more difficult to determine are

"what is much more difficult" is the subject so we must use "is"
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11 Aug 2006, 12:20
25 sec and B is my answer
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11 Aug 2006, 12:39
this is B...

OK lets look at A vs B...

the not underlined part is "reason"...clearly reason is singular therfore we cannot use "are" as used in A..therefore A is out..B it is..
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11 Aug 2006, 20:19
B is right. However, I would have preferred "was established" to "has been established"
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