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# An archaeological excavation at what might have been a

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An archaeological excavation at what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1532 fragments of human figures, including 7 intact statues.

(A) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yield 1532 fragments of human figures, including
(B) what might have been a workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1532 fragments of human figures and.
(C) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1532 fragments of human figures and
(D) the site of a possible workshop where statues were reproduced yielded 1532 fragments of human figures, including
(E) the site of a possible workshop where statues might have been reproduced yielded 1532 fragments of human figures, including

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06 Aug 2004, 09:40
1.5 min. B it is.
A D and E are out because the fragments cannot include intact statues
C is out because it sounds as if the site was for "possible workshops"
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06 Aug 2004, 12:37
Paul,
I see only one problem in this sentence formation. I buy ur thought process in the elimination of choices.

Now, there are two totally different incidences in this sentences. 1. the evacuvation 'yeilded'
2. The workshop was used for reproducing statues.

the second action surely preceeded the first. isntt necessary to fit a past participle form of verb in a situation like these?

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06 Aug 2004, 13:42
Krish, I'm not sure I understand your question. First, both verbs you mentioned use past participle. The difference is "were reproduced" needs auxiliary verb "were" because "statues" cannot perform the action of reproducing but are the recipient of it: They are being reproduced.

I think your question is about whether there should have been the presence of a past perfect tense for "had been reproduced" because it happened before "yielded". Well, I don't think we require past perfect because we are talking about 2 different actions to 2 different subjects.
1- The excavation yielded
2- The statues were reproduced
The past perfect tense would be used if we had wanted to distinguish between the different time frames happening to the same subject.
Ex: The excavation had been a waste of resources for many years before it yielded any result.
In the above, you can see that before the yielding of any result, the same subject, the excavation, was a waste of resources. Thus, past perfect is useful to separate 2 actions performed by the same subject, or to the same object, in the past where one action comes before the other.
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06 Aug 2004, 15:13
Paul wrote:
1.5 min. B it is.
A D and E are out because the fragments cannot include intact statues
C is out because it sounds as if the site was for "possible workshops"

C is out not for the reason you sighted but it indicatesd the future possibility. But "might have been" inidcates past possibility. That is why B is better.
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09 Aug 2004, 00:45
I'll go with C: "excavations at the site..."

What's the OA?
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09 Aug 2004, 14:13
C

"what might have been a workshop" is a round about way of saying possible workshop. Also evacuation at the site is better than evacuation of what might.....
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10 Aug 2004, 17:23
I have a hard time accepting that "possible workshop" is an acceptable phrase, but then again, english is not my native language.
I'll go with B.
BTW, is A wrong b/c fully intact statues can't be among fragments?
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13 Aug 2004, 07:58
Good Paul. Excellent question, what is the source of this question.
13 Aug 2004, 07:58
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