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

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

Meaning of the sentence is pretty clear, so thus we need v-ing modifier after the comma to convey this meaning and to give the results of the preceding clause actions.
became vs becomes (past simple vs present simple) to me both of them fine in the context of the sentence. Arabic is currently dominating in Egypt, but answer choices C, D and E have other errors.

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages

Rest of the answers can be eliminated for violating // ism, ambiguity created by "it" and change in intended meaning

(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

A is correct
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Re: After the Arab conquest of Egypt in A.D. 640, Arabic became the domina  [#permalink]

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IMO A


Meaning of the sentence is pretty clear, so thus we need v-ing modifier after the comma to convey this meaning and to show the HOW effect of main clause

became ---correct, because we are presenting a general fact about past
becomes ----it is wrong because we are presenting a statement about past, general fact about past

(A) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing older languages--correct

(B) became the dominant language of the Egyptians, replacing languages that were older---wrong

(C) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced older languages---wrong

(D) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians and it replaced languages that were older---wrong

(E) becomes the dominant language of the Egyptians, having replaced languages that were older ---wrong
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