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# Archaeologists have shown that ingesting lead in drinking

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34. Archaeologists have shown that ingesting lead in drinking water was a significant health hazard for the ancient Romans, like that of modern Americans.
(A) like that of modern Americans
(B) as that for modern Americans
(C) just as modern Americans do
(D) as do modern Americans
(E) as it is for modern Americans

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05 Aug 2009, 10:43
DenisSh wrote:
34. Archaeologists have shown that ingesting lead in drinking water was a significant health hazard for the ancient Romans, like that of modern Americans.
(A) like that of modern Americans
(B) as that for modern Americans
(C) just as modern Americans do
(D) as do modern Americans
(E) as it is for modern Americans

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The subject we are comparing here is 'ingesting lead'. The idea of the sentence is that it was hazardous for ancient Romans as it is hazardous for modern Americans.
E IMO
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05 Aug 2009, 13:27
DenisSh wrote:
34. Archaeologists have shown that ingesting lead in drinking water was a significant health hazard for the ancient Romans, like that of modern Americans.
(A) like that of modern Americans
(B) as that for modern Americans
(C) just as modern Americans do
(D) as do modern Americans
(E) as it is for modern Americans

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i think E sounds the best.. "it" refers to "ingesting lead"
in B "as that" sound a bit awkward to me..
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05 Aug 2009, 17:48
can't use like,since it's not refering to the americans
I pick E
as should be used here imo. as it is for americans.E maintains parallelism i think
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05 Aug 2009, 22:27
Official Explanation

Again we are presented with the need to choose the correct pronouns in order to allow for a parallel sentence structure. Here, the pronoun that tries to stand in for the entire phrase ingesting lead in drinking water was a significant health hazard, but it fails. That tries to do too much; a single pronoun can only refer to a noun, not a noun and a verb. A correct option needs a pronoun that refers back to the subject of the phrase ("ingesting lead") and a verb to recall was. Take out (A) and (B). You can eliminate (C) and (D) as well because do, like that in (A) and (B), doesn't refer accurately to the first part of the sentence; nobody was doing anything to begin with. (E) is right because it refers to ingesting lead and is refers to was a significant health hazard, creating a grammatically correct parallel.
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06 Aug 2009, 01:15
good one Denish ; I didn't pick it right
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08 Aug 2009, 22:06
E: Clearly compares "for the ancient Romans" and "for modern Americans"

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