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09 Mar 2017, 08:57
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A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

What could be dated is it the fire or the usage,its the use of fire which is dated in the sentence. Answer B

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26 Mar 2017, 11:36
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first split Such as vs Like : Options A,C,E can be eliminated since "Like " cannot be used to introduce examples.
between B and D only B conveys the intended meaning
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20 Jun 2017, 16:02
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

A, C, E -> eliminated because of "like" to show examples.. "such as" must be used
b/w B and D -> B shows clear parallelism "could date back" and "could explain" so CORRECT. Whereas in D, it is illogical as it means fire dates back which is of course wrong as it is the method of cooking that dates back

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21 Jun 2017, 01:20
[quote="ugimba"]A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A. using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B. the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C. cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million Years, explaining hominid features like
D. fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having.
E. fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like.

[spoiler=]I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

I am not sure how to choose between these two.

in B, it says "use of fire" ...
in D, "fire used" ... I thought both are fine ...

Problems and split:
1. Like cannot be used to give examples
This eliminates - A,C and E
2. D - Distorts the meaning. It is not the Fire that dates back but the use of fire

Correct - B
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12 Oct 2017, 09:59
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

A. using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having
B. the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as
C. cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million years, explaining hominid features like
D. fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years, explaining hominid features such as having
E. fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like

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12 Oct 2017, 10:06
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In GMAT we use SUCH AS (not LIKE) to introduce examples. This rules out A, C and E.

in D:
fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years, explaining hominid features such as having-

Its not FIRE which is dated, its the "use of fire". B conveys this meaning correctly.

Ans: B.
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12 Oct 2017, 10:07
The question tests parallelism.
B. the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as.
such...as provides an example.
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12 Oct 2017, 10:09
https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-harvard-an ... fl=similar
It has been already discussed in detail here.
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22 Jul 2018, 11:57
I have a problem with B since "the use of fire to cook...could date... and could explain.." even though it's parallel, it changes the meaning into saying that merely the use of fire to cook, could explain bla bla.. instead of the whole concept of fire used to cook million years ago could explain such hominid features.

What do you think
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22 Jul 2018, 22:55
shahafstein wrote:
I have a problem with B since "the use of fire to cook...could date... and could explain.." even though it's parallel, it changes the meaning into saying that merely the use of fire to cook, could explain bla bla.. instead of the whole concept of fire used to cook million years ago could explain such hominid features.

What do you think

What do you think....what should we the correct structure???

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23 Jul 2018, 05:58
Hello!!
The incorrect usage of like can be clearly identified in the underlined portion. Like is used to compare nouns and as is used to compare clauses. This helps us quickly eliminate choices A, C, and E.
Now let us do the process of elimination with the remaining choices
Choice D changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Fire is not dated back but its use is.
Choice B serves as the correct answer.
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25 Jul 2018, 10:31
pytha1gurus wrote:
Hello!!
The incorrect usage of like can be clearly identified in the underlined portion. Like is used to compare nouns and as is used to compare clauses. This helps us quickly eliminate choices A, C, and E.
Now let us do the process of elimination with the remaining choices
Choice D changes the intended meaning of the sentence. Fire is not dated back but its use is.
Choice B serves as the correct answer.
Keep practicing!!
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I'm not sure if you tried to answer my question or not, but i've stated a clear problem with answer choice B.
can you resolve it? Answer choice B changes the meaning of the sentence. It's not true that the use of fire is the thing that can explain blabla.. the use of fire to cook such a long time ago can explain bla bla..
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10 Mar 2019, 13:33
ugimba wrote:
A Harvard anthropologist has proposed that using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having a large brain and small teeth.

(A) using fire to cook food could be dated back to almost two million years and that it could explain hominid features like having

(B) the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as

(C) cooking food with fire could date back to almost two million years, explaining hominid features like

(D) fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having

(E) fire used for cooking food could be dated back to almost two million years and explain hominid features like

I came down to B and D ( eliminated other choices based on 'like vs such as')

A, C, and E have the wrong use for "like" So they're out
Compared to B and E:
B has parallelism "could date back... and could explain"
E is awkward to bring in the verb -ing "explaning" and "having"

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03 Apr 2019, 08:13
Hi Expert,

I have a question of when to use "date back to , date back , be dated back to , be dated back"

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06 Apr 2019, 03:04
Hi,
There is a clear split of like vs such as. Since features are examples, we could easily narrow the scope of correct answer choices to
(B) the use of fire to cook food could date back almost two million years and could explain such hominid features as

AND

(D) fire used to cook food could date back almost two million years ,explaining hominid features such as having
D could be rejected because it is not the fire that could be dated back but the use of fire.

B is a clear winner.
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