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Carbon-14 dating reveals that the megalithic monuments in Brittany are

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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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Harsh raw wrote:
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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. :-)
Thanks.
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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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