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# After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became

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After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older
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07 Sep 2005, 11:34
Ans = A

C, D, and E have a tense error.

B changes the meaning of the sentence. implies that only the languages were older.

ywilfred wrote:
After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older
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09 Sep 2005, 13:59
I agree "A". time is correct: "became" because of the adverb clause "After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640" / B is wordy and not parallel "languages that were older"
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17 Nov 2016, 23:49
ywilfred wrote:
After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older

hey please explain why arabic consider as plural.
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18 Nov 2016, 12:42
ywilfred wrote:
After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older

After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

Correct answer must be (A) , errors in the other options are highlighted in RED...

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18 Nov 2016, 12:46
rishabhmishra wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older

hey please explain why arabic consider as plural.

Arabic is not plural here.....it just replaced older languages and writing systems.
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18 Nov 2016, 23:02
hotshot02 wrote:
rishabhmishra wrote:
ywilfred wrote:
After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages and writing systems.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages
(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older
(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages
(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older
(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older

hey please explain why arabic consider as plural.

Arabic is not plural here.....it just replaced older languages and writing systems.

yes, i am saying the same thing arabic is singular here so the verb must be becomes not become and replacing older languages is modifier i think replacing can't be verb of the subject if it is then it need helping verb such as is,am,are,was,were or be. so according to me "e" is correct as in d it is ambiguous and i am left with "e"
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19 Nov 2016, 15:26
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hotshot02 wrote:
rishabhmishra wrote:

Arabic is not plural here.....it just replaced older languages and writing systems.

yes, i am saying the same thing arabic is singular here so the verb must be becomes not become and replacing older languages is modifier i think replacing can't be verb of the subject if it is then it need helping verb such as is,am,are,was,were or be. so according to me "e" is correct as in d it is ambiguous and i am left with "e"

Simple present is the wrong tense - so C, D and E can be eliminated . The event occurred in past and hence simple past is better. Option A is correct - it uses simple past "became".

(the verb in A and B is not "become" as you mentioned - it is "became". )
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04 Aug 2017, 23:14
Dear Experts,

Can some body explain why the option B is Wrong?

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By assigning the modifier 'that were older' only to the languages, B excludes writing systems from the purview of oldness and thus implies that Arabic wiped of all writing systems, whether older or not. The text, however, meant that it replaced both older (languages and writing systems.) This is a meaning defect in B.
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05 Aug 2017, 04:30
daagh wrote:
By assigning the modifier 'that were older' only to the languages, B excludes writing systems from the purview of oldness and thus implies that Arabic wiped of all writing systems, whether older or not. The text, however, meant that it replaced both older (languages and writing systems.) This is a meaning defect in B.

Thanks Daagh, It Opened my eyes
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