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# Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old

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Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent
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21 Apr 2008, 17:49
Its between A and E , I go for E because the "that" is ambiguous in A.

suyashjhawar wrote:
Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent
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21 Apr 2008, 18:56
suyashjhawar wrote:
Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent

E. concise, clear, and sounds correct.

I don't like "that" in A, "this" in B, "it" in C
The verb tense is D is not right.
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21 Apr 2008, 19:14
this seems A..

that clearly refers to the entire clause preceding it..

I would go with A
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21 Apr 2008, 21:30
My choice is also A, as two technologies are being compared in the statement. The use of "that" clearly denotes technology.
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21 Apr 2008, 22:51
suyashjhawar wrote:
Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
A. together—and that thus represents
B. together—and this has represented
C. together, and it represents
D. together that was representing
E. together to represent

A for me.

Excavated something to represent is not logical.

What is OA?
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22 Apr 2008, 00:29
A for me too

Archaeologists in Egypt have excavated a 5,000-year-old wooden hull that is the earliest surviving example of example of a “built” boat—in other words, a boat constructed out of planks fitted together—and that thus represents a major advance, in terms of boat-building technology, over the dugout logs and reed vessels of more ancient vintage.
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22 Apr 2008, 08:48
yes the Oa is A.Even i went for E.well a gmat prep question.Indeed a good one for practice.
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22 Apr 2008, 09:16
fresinha12 wrote:
this seems A..

that clearly refers to the entire clause preceding it..

I would go with A

I know that there will always be exceptions to every rule..but during my entire GMAT preparation, I have always read how 'that' must modify the word immediately before it and how '-ing' form should be used when referring to a preceding action....
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