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A good modifier SC.

Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that

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03 Jul 2006, 09:40
I'll go with C.
This conveys the correct meaning that Archaeologists have discovered the cooking habit of the Mesopotamian cooks who were there 5000years back.
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03 Jul 2006, 14:12
C or E. I still don't know the correct idiom to use here, but I do know that as many as comes before the modifier, so I'll go with C here.
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03 Jul 2006, 15:06
C.

Its the Mesopotamian cooks that were cooking five thousand year ago, not the archaeologists.
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03 Jul 2006, 17:21
go with C as well.

"over five thousand years ago" should be modified by Mesopotamian not by Archaeologists because Archaeologists has not researched over five thousand years ago instead Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind over five thousand years ago.
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03 Jul 2006, 17:59
go with C- conveys the right meaning that the archaeologists discovered the cooking style that was prevalent 5000 years ago, the rest some how convey that they discovered it 5000 years ago.

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03 Jul 2006, 20:04
The choice is clearly between C and E

As "over five thousand years ago" should be modifed by Mesopotanians not archaelogists.

And placement of that is incorrect in E.

Hence C
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03 Jul 2006, 20:24
MA wrote:
go with C as well.

"over five thousand years ago" should be modified by Mesopotamian not by Archaeologists because Archaeologists has not researched over five thousand years ago instead Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind over five thousand years ago.

Straight C for correcting the modifier problem.
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04 Jul 2006, 00:03
I tend to differ .
In C it is not clear if archeologists have discovered the fact 5 thousand years ago, or Mesopotamian cooks were cooking with the herbs mentioned.
Think that D is best.
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04 Jul 2006, 00:09
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I tend to differ .
In C it is not clear if archeologists have discovered the fact 5 thousand years ago, or Mesopotamian cooks were cooking with the herbs mentioned.
Think that D is best.

D. Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,

discovered what???
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04 Jul 2006, 07:13
vivek123 wrote:
A good modifier SC.

Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that

C

(A)(B) fragment (Over~ and Mesopotamian~)
(C) ok
(D) it????
(E) "that" should be put before "over~"
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04 Jul 2006, 08:53
Clearly 'C'.

Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago, Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
We are talking about archaeologists in ourdays, not about arch in past. WRONG

(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
We are talking about archaeologists in ourdays, not about arch in past. WRONG

(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
Clear and concise. THE WINNER.

(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
Distorts the meaning. years ago should be closer to Mesopotamian. WRONG

(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that
Same reason as in A and B. WRONG.
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04 Jul 2006, 18:13
vivek123 wrote:
Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that

C is clearly best as it properly uses "that".

this is a question i was looking for because we had a discussion few months back on where "that"best fits and Vivek, you, were part of that discussions.

i tried to find that thread but could not do so because i donot remember the question. Vivek, could you pls find that thread if you remember so that we would have clear concept on these type of questions?
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05 Jul 2006, 06:46
Same logic as professor

Clearly (C)

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05 Jul 2006, 09:43
Good job all, OA is "C".

Prof, I'll try to get that thread...
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05 Aug 2006, 21:48
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Prof, I'll try to get that thread...

finally i found the thread. here we discussed on the proper use of "that":

http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic ... ight=slump
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25 Jul 2007, 06:58
vivek123 wrote:
A good modifier SC.

Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that

Can someone elaborate on how A&E have the same error?
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25 Jul 2007, 23:09
vivek123 wrote:
A good modifier SC.

Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that Mesopotamian cooks were preparing chicken with coriander and tamarind, just as Egyptian cooks are still doing today.

(A) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists have discovered that
(B) Over five thousand years ago, archaeologists had discovered that
(C) Archaeologists have discovered that, over five thousand years ago,
(D) Over five thousand years ago, as archaeologists have discovered it,
(E) Archaeologists have discovered, over five thousand years ago, that

Shittt... I wasted 5 minutes thinking of chicken with coriander and tamarind

C is the answer... but this is really a time wasting tactic by GMAC
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