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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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I am not sure why the "were" at the end of the phrase is necessary here. can someone pls help with this?
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Thanks guys. I agree its clearer like that.
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28 Jun 2006, 06:00
In order, to have correct comparison we need " longer than WERE"
Narrowing down to C and D. Since there is no subject in the sentence if we use "were isolated" construction then it is not clear who or what isolated the species. Think that C eliminates this flaw.
IMO C
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28 Jun 2006, 08:13
D for me too.

isolated from is the correct usage.

without "were" the meaning is not clear -

X were in contact with Y longer than Z

is this comparing between X - Y v/s Y-Z or X-Y v/s Z-Y ?

X were in contact with Y longer than were Z

this is clearly comparing X-Y v/s Z-Y
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28 Jun 2006, 08:26
it is b/w C and D due to "were" for ||sm

now... "in isolation from" vs. "isolated from" IMO both are correct usage, but they mean different things:

"in isolation from" means that nobody isolated them whereas "isolated from" implies the action that someone "isolated them from humans"...

and since the original says that there was no such action I choose C, because D changes the meaning
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28 Jun 2006, 11:11
I wonder why this question looks so familiar to me...
Take a look at Q224 from OG10

Inuits of the Bering Sea were in isolation from contact with Europeans longer than Aleuts or Inuits of the North Pacific and northern Alaska.

Same play, different actors
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28 Jun 2006, 12:59
deowl wrote:
I wonder why this question looks so familiar to me...
Take a look at Q224 from OG10

Inuits of the Bering Sea were in isolation from contact with Europeans longer than Aleuts or Inuits of the North Pacific and northern Alaska.

Same play, different actors

saw the explanation... stupid idioms again
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28 Jun 2006, 20:16
OA is D.
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28 Jun 2006, 20:22
Will go with D.

isolated is better than in isolation
Also were is required to make the correct comaprison between the two periods of isolation not between period of isolation and a species.
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29 Jun 2006, 20:49
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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

Go with C

After 'than' we need verb. Otherwise it will be confusing.
And 'in isolation' looks better that 'isolated', because 'be in isolation' is a status while 'be isolated' is an action that cannot last.

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After writing this, i knew OA is D
Then what about the old example. Inuits something ?
Which on should I choose?
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07 May 2008, 06:08
anirudhoswal wrote:
I am not sure why the "were" at the end of the phrase is necessary here. can someone pls help with this?

I got D, so I will explain...

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

Without "were", the sentence is saying "humans" are "longer than marsh cousins"
With "were", the sentence is much clearer...

Remember that you can place "were" at the beginning or at the end. The sentence below, which has the same meaning, is correct as well...
The woodland sub-species were isolated from contact with humans longer than either their marsh cousins or the tree-dwelling sub-species was.
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07 May 2008, 06:25
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bkk145 wrote:
anirudhoswal wrote:
I am not sure why the "were" at the end of the phrase is necessary here. can someone pls help with this?

I got D, so I will explain...

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

Without "were", the sentence is saying "humans" are "longer than marsh cousins"
With "were", the sentence is much clearer...

Remember that you can place "were" at the beginning or at the end. The sentence below, which has the same meaning, is correct as well...
The woodland sub-species were isolated from contact with humans longer than either their marsh cousins or the tree-dwelling sub-species was.

Is it 'were' or 'was'?
I think 'were'.

you are right, it is "were"
Too early for me...
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07 May 2008, 07:54
D---pretty straightforward...

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