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

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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. :-)
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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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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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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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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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Supposedly can modify mediterranean, which is an adjective here. So it just a matter of identifying whether the ancestor is supposedly mediterranean or the ancestor might not be the real ancestor. I don't see the stimulus is preferring either one of this over the other. Can someone please explain more throughly?
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Supposedly can modify mediterranean, which is an adjective here. So it just a matter of identifying whether the ancestor is supposedly mediterranean or the ancestor might not be the real ancestor. I don't see the stimulus is preferring either one of this over the other. Can someone please explain more throughly?
The whole "Carbon-14 dating" and "2,000 years older" bit supports the supposed predecessors call (and not the supposedly Mediterranean call).

Carbon-14 dating reveals that the "predecessors" of the Brittany monuments are not actually the predecessors of the Brittany monuments, as the Brittany monuments are ~2, 000 years older than their supposed predecessors.
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Hello experts,

Could you please give a detailed explanation for this official question.
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