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Although the British were responsible for the early European settlement of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having.

of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having
in both Australia and the United States, they are closer in their political and cultural links in Australia than in the United States
of both nations, Australia has much closer political and cultural links to Britain than the United States has
in both nations, Australia is politically and culturally linked to Britain in a much closer fashion than the United States
of both Australia and the United States, they have much closer political and cultural links to it than the United States has
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11 Aug 2011, 17:15
I believe it's (C). That said, (C) isn't exactly elegant.

(A) "is having" implies a temporal state... whereby Australia is currently experiencing better relations (in which case, the verb "to have" would be incorrect), but will soon stop. It's an awkward phrasing that wouldn't be found in spoken/written English.
(B), (E) "they" is meant to refer to the British, however its placement suggests its referring to "Australia and the United States", changing the meaning of the sentence
(D) "in both nations" is incorrect because it implies that there was a "European settlement" (noun) in Australia and the United States instead of settlement (verb). It's also missing "is" from the end of the sentence.
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11 Aug 2011, 17:33
I am inclined towards D ...
'European settlement IN Australia and the United states' makes more sense Than ' European settlement of Australia and the United states' ....
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11 Aug 2011, 18:14
A tough one.

I will go with D.

I feel "....settlement of both nations" does not sound correct. So C is not the best choice. All other choices can easily be eliminated.

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11 Aug 2011, 20:35
of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having;--- ‘links with’ seems to be the right idiom. Must be the correct choice.

In both Australia and the United States, they are closer in their political and cultural links in Australia than in the United States – Obviously they refers to the distant ‘The British’; but ‘links in’ seems to be a wrong idiom

of both nations, Australia has much closer political and cultural links to Britain than the United States has – ‘links to’ Britain is awkward; further we have to stretch out to get that both nations refers to Australia and the United States.

in both nations, Australia is politically and culturally linked to Britain in a much closer fashion than the United States – linked to is wrong idiom; further when you say ‘linked to Britain’, you have to say than to the US

of both Australia and the United States, they have much closer political and cultural links to it than the United States has – terrible; wht do ‘they’ and ‘it’ refer to?
I will go with A

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11 Aug 2011, 20:37
I still feel it's (C). "Were responsible for the early European settlement in both Australia and the United States" to me sounds like the British were responsible for a single "early European settlement" (using settlement as a noun) rather than "to settle".

So what's the OA?
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12 Aug 2011, 00:31
I completely agree with daagh.. IMO A..
What is the OA??
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12 Aug 2011, 00:48
i'll go with D

British were responsible for the settlement ___ both nations

in the blank, in seems to be a better word than of

establishment in Australia -- looks better

establishment of Australia -- seems awkward

out of B and D

B i believe has incorrect comparisions , hence D compares Australia to Britan and US.
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12 Aug 2011, 23:42
"Having" in option A is not sounding good to me..

D for me..whtz d OA?
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13 Aug 2011, 03:57
IMHO it is D. Settlement of looks awkward to me. At the same time "cultural links IN Australia than IN the United States" links in sounds inappropriate here.
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13 Aug 2011, 07:46
Idiomatically settlement "of" is correct. Therefore eliminate B and D.

A. 'is having' incorrect
E. convoluted pronouns and antecedent

C is correct, because both nations has clear antecedents Australia and the United States, and parallel verb structure 'has'
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13 Aug 2011, 08:05
+1 C

A is wrong. Present progressive is not necessary.
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13 Aug 2011, 09:45
Great question, was a really heated debate.
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13 Aug 2011, 10:16
A small request to bschhol83. Once the postings cross seven or eight, you must declare the OA and if possible OE at least under the spoiler. Now 13 postings have gone by and still we have no sight of the OA. If it is from Manhattan, please post Manhattan’s OA and OE. We are spending considerable time, because they are from reputed Institutions.

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13 Aug 2011, 10:51
He posted the OA a few posts above your own.

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Idiomatically settlement "of" is correct. Therefore eliminate B and D.

A. 'is having' incorrect
E. convoluted pronouns and antecedent

C is correct, because both nations has clear antecedents Australia and the United States, and parallel verb structure 'has'

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Really so? I mistook them as his own explanations, since he hasn’t claimed that the explanation is from Manhattan. But still won’t it be better to put OA and OE under the spoiler?
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13 Aug 2011, 13:18
bschool83 wrote:
Although the British were responsible for the early European settlement of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having.

of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having
in both Australia and the United States, they are closer in their political and cultural links in Australia than in the United States
of both nations, Australia has much closer political and cultural links to Britain than the United States has
in both nations, Australia is politically and culturally linked to Britain in a much closer fashion than the United States
of both Australia and the United States, they have much closer political and cultural links to it than the United States has

IMO A
In C "Nations'' indicating which countries is not clear.
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13 Aug 2011, 13:25
While not that desirable, it is permissible in English to refer to something as a pronoun prior to identifying the subjects themselves.

i.e. "Although it didn't please him, Johnny had to take out the trash."
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Although the British were responsible for the early European settlement of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having.

a) of both Australia and the United States, Australia is having much closer political and cultural links with Britain than the United States is having
b) in both Australia and the United States, they are closer in their political and cultural links in Australia than in the United States
c) of both nations, Australia has much closer political and cultural links to Britain than the United States has
d) in both nations, Australia is politically and culturally linked to Britain in a much closer fashion than the United States
e) of both Australia and the United States, they have much closer political and cultural links to it than the United States has

a) Australia is having ............ is wrong.

b) What is "they" refers to? Unclear and ambiguous

c) "of both nations" refer to Australia and United States
"Australia has" ll "United States has" - correct llism

d) "fashion" is incorrect and also wrong comparison

e) completely wrong and illogical comparision
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