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# The woodland sub-species were in isolation from contact with

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The woodland sub-species were in isolation from contact with humans longer than either their marsh cousins or the tree-dwelling sub-species.

A. in isolation from contact with humans longer than
B. isolated from contact with humans longer than
C. in isolation from contact with humans longer than were
D. isolated from contact with humans longer than were
E. in isolation and without contacts with humans longer than
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28 Dec 2005, 04:20
D is correct.

isolated from: correct idiom

parallel: were isolated (longer)from... than were their marsh cousins... or the tree-dwelling sbs.
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28 Dec 2005, 06:44
I am going to go with E. Actually I was looking for a choice which had only isolation or contact but none did. Seems kind of redundant to have both. Also the contacts in E sounds funny. But given the choices I think E is the best.
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28 Dec 2005, 09:50
My choice : "C"

in isolation from - idiomatic

and

longer than "were" is necessary to make the comparison parallel
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28 Dec 2005, 15:39
OA is D.

isolated and parallel form.
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28 Dec 2005, 17:39
Yup D for me as well.

A verb "were" is needed to make the correct comparisons
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28 Dec 2005, 18:46
TeHCM,

Can you please explain why were would make the comparision right?
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28 Dec 2005, 19:08
TeHCM, got it...the isolation of the woodland species is being compared to that of their cousins. The original sentence makes it sound like the isolation of woodland species is being compared to their cousins
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TeHCM,

Can you please explain why were would make the comparision right?

Certainly.

Correct idiom: X were......longer than....Y were...

Only D employs this correct construction (In isolation is weird)

For A, B, and E, "sub-species were isolated longer than their marsh cousins" is weird as it seems to be comparing "isolated longer" to "march cousins/sub-species"

E.g.

We stayed longer in Hawaii than you did - Correct!
We stayed longer in Hawaii than you - Wrong!

Also, here is a little tip.

Whenever you see comparisons in sentences, always make sure that the 'subjects', 'verbs' match up with what is stated previously.

The woodland sub-species were isolated from contact with humans longer than were either their marsh cousins or the tree-dwelling sub-species.

Hope it makes sense
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29 Dec 2005, 08:42
Could someone help me understand why "C" is incorrect. I don't think "in isolation from" is unidiomatic.

Here is a snippet from National Geographic that uses "in isolation from":

"No one knows precisely how many people live in isolation from the industrial-technological world."

I wonder if "the" is required after "in insolation from"...

BTW, TeHCM, nice explanation with examples
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18 Jun 2011, 20:22
D in 1:21...

Out of B, D---> D is parallel, so go with D
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