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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly


Answer is Undoubtedly B

Solution1:-
RULE 1-We can not use absolute value before as x as y. Now 2000yrs is absolute value ,hence all options which have as old as would considerably be WRONG..

So we are left with option B and option D.
The only difference lies is between Supposed and Supposedly..Supposed is an Adjective and Supposedly is an Adverb.
Adjective modifies the Noun where as Adverb modifies the Adjective..
In supposed Mediterranean Predecessors -Supposed (Adjective) is modifying predecessors(Noun)
In supposedly Mediterranean Predecessors-Supposedly(Adverb) is modifying (adjective) Mediterr
anean(This option changes the meaning of the sentence)
Logically in the sentence the doubt is on the predecessors not on their being Mediterranean..
Hence option B is the right Choice...!!
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly


Answer is Undoubtedly B

Solution1:-
RULE 1-We can not use absolute value before as x as y. Now 2000yrs is absolute value ,hence all options which have as old as would considerably be WRONG..

So we are left with option B and option D.
The only difference lies is between Supposed and Supposedly..Supposed is an Adjective and Supposedly is an Adverb.
Adjective modifies the Noun where as Adverb modifies the Adjective..
In supposed Mediterranean Predecessors -Supposed (Adjective) is modifying predecessors(Noun)
In supposedly Mediterranean Predecessors-Supposedly(Adverb) is modifying (adjective) Mediterr
anean(This option changes the meaning of the sentence)
Logically in the sentence the doubt is on the predecessors not on their being Mediterranean..
Hence option B is the right Choice...!!
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confused between "as old as" & "older than". shoudnt "older than" change the meaning of the sentence ?


"2000 years" and "as old as" cannot be used together. The sentence could be:

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years old.

OR

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

OR

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly as old as 2,000 years.

In option A, using both makes the sentence wrong.

Also note that it has not been mentioned in any official guideline that the correct answer must retain the meaning of the original sentence. If there is only one grammatically correct choice, it must be selected even when it deviates in meaning from the original.However if there are two grammatically correct sentences, select the one that agrees with the intended meaning of the original sentence.
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

'as old as ' is wrong.

B, D remain.
D- older than supposedly.
B- Correct.
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Why do we consider supposedly as adverb because it ends with "-ly" ??
Can somebody please clarify?
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.[/quote]

(A) as old as any of their supposed

(B) older than any of their supposed

(C) as old as their supposed

(D) older than any of their supposedly

(E) as old as their supposedly

We need " supposed" (adjective), and not "supposedly"(adverb), to modify Mediterranean predecessors, which is a noun.

Only (B) makes correct comparison.
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Why do we consider supposedly as adverb because it ends with "-ly" ??
Can somebody please clarify?




Hello PureReason,

I am not sure if your doubt still persists. Here is the explanation nonetheless. :-)


You are correct in saying that the word supposedly is an adverb because it ends with "ly".

Hope this helps. :-)
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Hello harsh raw,

I will be glad to help you out with this one. :-)

Let's begin with understanding the meaning of the sentence:

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

The sentence says that carbon-14 dating shows something. Something = The megalithic monuments in Brittany are very old. They are some 2,000 years as old as any of their so called Mediterranean predecessors.

Now, it does not make sense to say that A is 2,000 years as old as B. On this basis, choices A, C, and E can be rejected.

Choice D can be rejected for the incorrect use of adverb supposedly to modify the noun predecessors.

Hence, Choice B is the correct answer.


Hope this helps. :-)
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Hello harsh raw,

I will be glad to help you out with this one. :-)

Let's begin with understanding the meaning of the sentence:

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

The sentence says that carbon-14 dating shows something. Something = The megalithic monuments in Brittany are very old. They are some 2,000 years as old as any of their so called Mediterranean predecessors.

Now, it does not make sense to say that A is 2,000 years as old as B. On this basis, choices A, C, and E can be rejected.

Choice D can be rejected for the incorrect use of adverb supposedly to modify the noun predecessors.

Hence, Choice B is the correct answer.


Hope this helps. :-)
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

I was between option B and D.
As Mediterranean is adjective, which is modifying noun predecessors so don't we need adverb=supposedly to modify Mediterranean predecessors.

Adverb Adjective Noun.
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Hope your preparation is going well.
The first step is to identify the error in the underlined portion.
As it can be seen that the underlined portion is idiomatically incorrect. The comparison is made between the ages. Hence there should be a comparative term present in the sentence. The similar error is seen in choice C and E.
We are left with two choices now- B, D
In choice D, supposedly is used as an adverb. Adverbs modify verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. Here in this case, supposedly incorrectly modifies the noun.
Hence B is the correct answer as supposed is used as a participle and can be used as an adjective.
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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years as old as any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

(A) as old as any of their supposed
(B) older than any of their supposed
(C) as old as their supposed
(D) older than any of their supposedly
(E) as old as their supposedly

I was between option B and D.
As Mediterranean is adjective, which is modifying noun predecessors so don't we need adverb=supposedly to modify Mediterranean predecessors.

Adverb Adjective Noun.

Ah, those blessed cases when the poster answers his or her own question correctly :). You're exactly right.

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B) Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years older than any of their supposed Mediterranean predecessors.

In this case, "supposed," an adjective, modifies the noun "predecessors." This makes perfect sense. "Supposed" implies that the noun in question is not what it appears to be. If I refer to my friend's "supposed" wife, I'm implying that they're not really married. (And maybe guaranteeing that my friend will soon be an ex-friend.) In this case, if the monuments in Brittany are 2000 years older than their "supposed" predecessors, I'm pointing out that the younger monuments are, by definition, not predecessors, contrary to prior belief.

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D) Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are nearly 2,000 years older than any of their supposedly Mediterranean predecessors.

Now, "supposedly" is an adverb and so should modify something other than a noun. It seems to modify the adjective "Mediterranean." But there's no reason to doubt that the other artifacts are Mediterranean! We're doubting that they're predecessors. Note that it's the logic and context of the sentence - younger monuments can't be predecessors to older ones - that dictates which option is better here.

I hope that helps!
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Choice B it is. Older than would be correct. also, predecessors should be modified by an adjective not an adverb. hence, supposed is apt.
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I got this one wrong. The worst part is I knew what was going on - that supposedly modifies Mediterranean and supposed modifies predecessors. The reason I picked "D" i because I thought it's almost established that it is close to 2000 years old. So, there is no reason to doubt that the monuments are predecessors. Whether they are Mediterranean are not, well, that might be in question.

The only explanation I can give myself is that my reasoning would probably differ from the original statement and that if the meaning in the original statement isn't wrong, I shouldn't be changing it. But I can't help thinking about why my logic was incorrect in that case. Could you please help?

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I got this one wrong. The worst part is I knew what was going on - that supposedly modifies Mediterranean and supposed modifies predecessors. The reason I picked "D" i because I thought it's almost established that it is close to 2000 years old. So, there is no reason to doubt that the monuments are predecessors. Whether they are Mediterranean are not, well, that might be in question.

The only explanation I can give myself is that my reasoning would probably differ from the original statement and that if the meaning in the original statement isn't wrong, I shouldn't be changing it. But I can't help thinking about why my logic was incorrect in that case. Could you please help?

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Mate, i know your question is directed to Gmat ninja, i would still take an attempt to explain.
Supposedly is an adverb and hence cannot modify a noun. Hence, it cannot modify mediterranean. That's why D is wrong.
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I got this one wrong. The worst part is I knew what was going on - that supposedly modifies Mediterranean and supposed modifies predecessors. The reason I picked "D" i because I thought it's almost established that it is close to 2000 years old. So, there is no reason to doubt that the monuments are predecessors. Whether they are Mediterranean are not, well, that might be in question.

The only explanation I can give myself is that my reasoning would probably differ from the original statement and that if the meaning in the original statement isn't wrong, I shouldn't be changing it. But I can't help thinking about why my logic was incorrect in that case. Could you please help?

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Mate, i know your question is directed to Gmat ninja, i would still take an attempt to explain.
Supposedly is an adverb and hence cannot modify a noun. Hence, it cannot modify mediterranean. That's why D is wrong.



Hi, Appreciate you taking the time out to respond :)

I understand what each of them would refer to. My only problem was that I thought it would probably make more sense to modify Mediterranean (the roots/origins) than predecessors (because the non-underlined portion of the sentence clearly stated that they were 2000 years older*). So, I assumed that their being predecessors in a no-brainer. And that's probably where I went wrong.

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I got this one wrong. The worst part is I knew what was going on - that supposedly modifies Mediterranean and supposed modifies predecessors. The reason I picked "D" i because I thought it's almost established that it is close to 2000 years old. So, there is no reason to doubt that the monuments are predecessors. Whether they are Mediterranean are not, well, that might be in question.

The only explanation I can give myself is that my reasoning would probably differ from the original statement and that if the meaning in the original statement isn't wrong, I shouldn't be changing it. But I can't help thinking about why my logic was incorrect in that case. Could you please help?

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Very nice work, Gagoosh! I'll add my two cents, just in case it's helpful to somebody.

There's a pervasive myth that it's unacceptable to alter the meaning presented in choice A. This isn't true. The original sentence is one of five options, all on equal footing. If A is illogical or unclear, we want to change the meaning.

It might be helpful to think of "supposed" in this instance as meaning "incorrectly thought to be." Here's a silly example, "I thought that my friend Alan cut hair for a living, but after my haircut left me looking like an extra from The Walking Dead, I realized that this supposed professional was nothing but an incompetent amateur." "Supposed" basically means that I thought my friend was a professional, but, in fact, he was not.

Same thing in the SC above. The other artifacts were believed to be predecessors, but the dating of the megalithic monuments revealed that they were not.

I hope that helps!
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