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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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I will go with B

The sequence of events is first it was a symbolic system of communication, then the writings and then merged with the spoken language.

So "was more likely to begin as" must use "began". A, C and D are eliminated.

E is not sounding correct to ears because it is not using "as" or "from" in the end.

The explanation is based on my knowledge only.
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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later mred with spoken language.

a)was more likely to begin as
b)more than likely began as
c) more than lkely beginning from
d) it was more than likely begun from
e) it was more likely that it began.
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23 Nov 2007, 02:44
I agree with B.

A - wrong tense - should be to have begun as
C - no verb in the sub clause
D - I'm not sure about parallelism. I don't think the two clauses are parallel just because they both have "was"! In fact, I'd say that they're not parallel because one is active voice and the other passive (was not a rendering vs was begun from).
E - wrong tense - should be it is more likely
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18 Oct 2011, 05:03
Hi,

I am having trouble understanding option B (correct answer) from parallelism perspective.

Not a direct rendering of speech, but more than likely began as

a direct rendering of speech -> complex gerund
began -> verb

How are they both parallel in the NOT..BUT construct above?

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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

a)was more likely to begin as -- more must be accompanied by than
b)more than likely began as -- correct
c) more than likely beginning from -- beginning from is not parallel with merged.
d) it was more than likely begun from -- begun is not the correct form, began must be used to make it parallel to merged.
e) it was more likely that it began. -- more must be accompanied by than.
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29 Nov 2013, 23:33
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According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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Hi Verbal Experts,
probably not X but more than likely Y (where X and Y are parallel) - This is the correct idiomatic usage. Right?

So, could you please explain how this has been maintained in the correct option B ?
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25 May 2014, 21:35
a very tricky one, which I missed

the idiom is

subject do not do x but do y and z.

I do not learn gmat but go out for change and meet her

when the first verb is to be, we have our sentence.

I am not a student at the school but go to the school to learn gmat . this is correct and similar to our sentence.

that is the reason why b is correct.
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22 Mar 2016, 07:32
I think B is the best among the choices but I fail to understand the idiom not x but y here.

Not a direct rendering of speech but more than likely began

Can anyone shed some light?
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Aves wrote:
I think B is the best among the choices but I fail to understand the idiom not x but y here.

Not a direct rendering of speech but more than likely began

Can anyone shed some light?

Hi
here it is not that classical NOT X but Y...

According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but more than likely the earliest writing began as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.
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cool_jonny009 wrote:
According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

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very hard and beautiful question.
the first pattern is
no A but B, both A and B are of the same type of word.

above pattern is very easy to remember. this pattern applies to every case.
but the problem happen with the verb to be

she is not beautiful now but begin to be beautiful

now the pattern is
not+to be +but +verb.
this pattern is hard to remember. very hard. I miss this question.
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26 Nov 2016, 12:33
The OA is correct and explanation provided above appears sufficient. If there are any specific questions, please post them here and then click again on the "Request Expert Reply" button.
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06 Jan 2017, 09:02
I made a mistake by eliminating all the choice with "than".My reason is that normally "than" is used when we want to compare things,but this sentence just conveys the meaning that earliest writing was more likely began as...;hence,"than" is not required. What am I missing?

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I made a mistake by eliminating all the choice with "than".My reason is that normally "than" is used when we want to compare things,but this sentence just conveys the meaning that earliest writing was more likely began as...;hence,"than" is not required. What am I missing?

"More" is a comparative adjective and hence should ideally be accompanied by "than". Hence all choices without "than" should first be eliminated. Compare with the following examples:

I have more than 2 pens. (The comparison is between the number of pens I have and the number 2)
I am more than happy. (The comparison is between my mental state and being happy)

Similarly in option B the comparison is between "likelihood that earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech" and "likely". (The likelihood is not just likely, but somewhat close towards certainty.)
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31 Jan 2017, 04:23
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Hi sayantanc2k,

Is there a reason why IC, FANBOYS, IC wasn't considered for this sentence? Accordingly, then D and E could be considered as possible choices to evaluate although for reasons mentioned earlier, I understand why those choices aren't correct.

According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication, and only later merged with spoken language.

(A) was more likely to begin as
(B) more than likely began as
(C) more than likely beginning from
(D) it was more than likely begun from
(E) it was more likely that it began

sayantanc2k wrote:
sleepynut wrote:
I made a mistake by eliminating all the choice with "than".My reason is that normally "than" is used when we want to compare things,but this sentence just conveys the meaning that earliest writing was more likely began as...;hence,"than" is not required. What am I missing?

"More" is a comparative adjective and hence should ideally be accompanied by "than". Hence all choices without "than" should first be eliminated. Compare with the following examples:

I have more than 2 pens. (The comparison is between the number of pens I have and the number 2)
I am more than happy. (The comparison is between my mental state and being happy)

Similarly in option B the comparison is between "likelihood that earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech" and "likely". (The likelihood is not just likely, but somewhat close towards certainty.)

The parallel structure used here is NOT X, BUT Y: X = was probably a..., Y = began as....
(It is awkward to place "not" before the verb "was", and hence the parallelism is difficult to notice.)
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05 Feb 2017, 08:40
Question - doesn't "more than likely" change the original meaning?
Originally we have something that can possibly be explained by the second. By using "more than likely" aren't we introducing certainty in the statement?
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vroldao wrote:
Question - doesn't "more than likely" change the original meaning?
Originally we have something that can possibly be explained by the second. By using "more than likely" aren't we introducing certainty in the statement?

It has not been mentioned in any official guideline that the correct answer must retain the meaning of the original sentence. If there is only one grammatically correct choice, it must be selected even when it deviates in meaning from the original. However if there are two grammatically correct sentences, select the one that agrees with the intended meaning of the original sentence (that too if the original sentence makes sense).
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12 Feb 2017, 04:09
From the tenses used in sentence, it is clear that we need to use simple past tense and hence I selected choice B which is the only choice with simple past tense.

However, I am not very much convinced with this structure.. But MORE THAN LIKELY BEGAN..
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07 Apr 2017, 15:07
daagh wrote:
If the subject of the second arm is the same as the subject of the first in a pair of sentences joined by a fanboy conjunction, then we can elide the subject of the second arm; This writing will be considered parallel.

What do you mean "the second arm"? There are 3 verbs in this sentence.

Do ", but" and ", and" have to connect independent clauses? It makes sense to omit the subject of began after ", but" to make it parallel with ", and merged". But how can ", and" was not followed by an independent clause?

What if this sentence only have two verbs.
" According to scholars, the earliest writing was probably not a direct rendering of speech, but was more likely to begin as a separate and distinct symbolic system of communication."

Should "but" be followed by an independent clause?

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08 Apr 2017, 00:26
I believe the correct OA should have "it was " since clause after comma ",but...." is an independent clause and it must have a noun(pronou) and verb combo
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