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we need to clear it [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2003, 19:30
Although at the time of early settlement in North America many Europeans regarded Native Americans as a single undifferentiated people actually comprised at least 240 distinct groups, (all having their distinct) political structure, language, economy, and patterns of family and kindship.

A. all having their distinct
B. each with own
C. distinguished by
D. with separated
E. having distinctive[/u]
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2003, 19:41
RK73,

This is a collective noun concept. You have some parts missing to sentence. You like Robert Kennedy? Should Be each( each group is viewed singular.).

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2003, 22:51
I think the sentence should be

Although at the time of early settlement in North America many Europeans regarded Native Americans as a single undifferentiated group, they actually comprised at least 240 distinct groups, all having their distinct political structure, language, economy, and patterns of family and kindship.

I vote for B.
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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2003, 23:23
Sure, I missed.

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 [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2003, 23:28
supply us with the correct version, the official answer, and your explanantion.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 00:32
Should be read as
Although at the time of early settlement in North America many Europeans regarded Native Americans as a single undifferentiated people,
the Native American peoples actually comprised at least 240 distinct groups, (all having their distinct) political structure, language, economy, and patterns of family and kindship.

A. all having their distinct
B. each with own
C. distinguished by
D. with separated
E. having distinctive

You are right, boys. The answer is B. I am still confused with D - peoples...with separated structure and so on.
Who can explain why not so?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 00:43
Although I am not a native speaker, I will try to explain.

to separate means to isolate, to detach, or to disunite.
However, the main idea of the sentence is to demonstrate a slightly different point -- there were many tribes, and each tribe had its own features, in contrast with the views of settlers. This reasoning leads us to B. Omitting a verb in B is legal.

Akamaibrah, am I right?
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Answer [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 05:48
Should B read: each with its own ??

As it stands it does not sound right at all. :roll:
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Re: Answer [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 07:55
mciatto wrote:
Should B read: each with its own ??

As it stands it does not sound right at all. :roll:



Agree, in this case the sentence would be 100% perfect.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 13:45
What is wrong with C?
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 15:16
there has to be a proper modifier to follow the collective noun groups.

We are talking of groups having different characteristics.

As maciatoo pointed out the use of its, it would make perfect sense because we need a pronoun to make the sentence complete.

Consider an example:

I have three cars, each superior in its own way.

Can i write,

I have three cars, distinguished by superiority. :(

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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2003, 22:14
RK73 wrote:
Should be read as
Although at the time of early settlement in North America many Europeans regarded Native Americans as a single undifferentiated people,
the Native American peoples actually comprised at least 240 distinct groups, (all having their distinct) political structure, language, economy, and patterns of family and kindship.

A. all having their distinct
B. each with own
C. distinguished by
D. with separated
E. having distinctive

You are right, boys. The answer is B. I am still confused with D - peoples...with separated structure and so on.
Who can explain why not so?


Let's get to the bottom of this...

As written, the best answer is (E). That being said, "having" is still awkward unless preceded by "each." (B) is correct if and only if it says "each with its own."

"Each with own" sounds like Native American tribal-speak. This, of course, is ok, unless you want to do well on the GMAT.

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