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Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones in other parts of Northern Europe, archaeological evidence shows that Viking ships were lighter, slimmer, faster, and thus probably more seaworthy than the heavier vessels used by the English at that time.

(A) Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones

(B) Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those

(C) With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those

(D) With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones

(E) Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those
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21 Jun 2008, 11:51
I think the answer should be E.

Dun know how to explain though

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21 Jun 2008, 12:21
Answer is E.

In A , ones' is wrong, as ship build tradition in singluar.

In B between is wrong, as it between can be used to compare x with y , and not x with y's.

Others like C, D distort the meaning.

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A. Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones [Being usage]
B. Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those [ Idiom issue – between X and Y]
C. With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those [ Requires contrast – “With” does not provide sentence contrast ]
D. With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones [ Requires contrast – “With” does not provide sentence contrast ]
E. Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those [Hold it]

Answer: E

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22 Jun 2008, 00:17
The OA is E. Thanks Guys.
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22 Jan 2012, 06:04
Only E option provides the contrast..

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Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones in other parts of Northern Europe, archaeological evidence shows that Viking ships were lighter, slimmer, faster, and thus probably more seaworthy than the heavier vessels used by the English at that time.
A. Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones
B. Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those
C. With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those
D. With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones
E. Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those

Can somebody explain the difference between B and E. However, i feel in option B "those" refers to the shipbuilding traditions correctly. There is a subtle difference between despite and although usage. Despite is used for a negative sense, whereas Although is used for positive sense. Let me know if my understanding is correct. I would appreciate if some one can explain the grammatical flaws
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27 Oct 2014, 12:32
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Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones in other parts of Northern Europe, archaeological evidence shows that Viking ships were lighter, slimmer, faster, and thus probably more seaworthy than the heavier vessels used by the English at that time.
A. Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones
B. Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those
C. With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those
D. With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones
E. Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those

Can somebody explain the difference between B and E. However, i feel in option B "those" refers to the shipbuilding traditions correctly. There is a subtle difference between despite and although usage. Despite is used for a negative sense, whereas Although is used for positive sense. Let me know if my understanding is correct. I would appreciate if some one can explain the grammatical flaws

You are concentrating on the wrong decision point. Although and despite can be used interchangeably here. The issue is the incorrect usage of the idiom between X and Y in B. It uses the idiom between X from Y. This is incorrect.
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Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones in other parts of Northern Europe, archaeological evidence shows that Viking ships were lighter, slimmer, faster, and thus probably more seaworthy than the heavier vessels used by the English at that time.
A. Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones
B. Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those
C. With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those
D. With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones
E. Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those

The split between 'Despite', 'With' & Although and 'the ones' & 'Those'.
'The ones' is awkward so eliminate D & A
Left with B, C & E
Now this is contrasting sentence so with can not be use to contrast so eliminate C
now Despite used as 'first positive outcome than contrasting negative one'
and Although used as 'first negative outcome than contrasting positive one'
now the negative outcome is that the technique are same for both the viking and other region but positive is that the voking ships are better and lighter so Although is qualifying the task and hence
E is the best answer

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Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones in other parts of Northern Europe, archaeological evidence shows that Viking ships were lighter, slimmer, faster, and thus probably more seaworthy than the heavier vessels used by the English at that time.

(A) Despite there being no fundamental difference in shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from the ones -> as difference is established as we speak -> Distorts the meaning of the sentence
(B) Despite no fundamental difference between the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia from those -> between requires and.
(C) With shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia not fundamentally different from those -> with modifies the next noun "evidence" which doesn't make any sense
(D) With the shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia having no fundamental difference from the ones -> Same issue as that of option C)
(E) Although shipbuilding traditions in Viking-Age Scandinavia were not fundamentally different from those -> Looks good.
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