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New post 15 Aug 2017, 03:02
Calling into doubt the OA here. How can the correct answer use "extended for 200,000 years" as a modifier? To my ear, it should be "extending for 200,000 years."

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Diagnostic Verbal Test No. 5 Q# 13 SC


The Middle Stone Age, extended for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, is marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribals of glues used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that, in the absence empirical means of observation, requires far more abstract perception than modern technology


(A) extended for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, is marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribals of glues used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that, in the absence empirical means of observation, requires far more mental and abstract perception than

(B) was extended for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribal of glues used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that, in the absence empirical means of observation, required far more mental and abstract perception than

(C) extended for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, was marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribals of glues which they used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that, in the absence empirical means of observation, required far more mental and abstract perception than

(D) extending for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, and marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribals of glues used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that in the absence empirical means of observation, requires far more mental and abstract perception than

(E) extended for 200,000 years from 300,000 BC TO 500,000 BC, was marked by the intelligent manufacture by the tribals of glues used for fixing honed heads to the spears and arrows, a complex process that, in the absence empirical means of observation, required far more mental and abstract perception than does

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OA: C

OE:
A: The process is a bygone affair; we need a past tense verb –required -- to express a past event.
B: Was extended is wrong usage; It gives a feeling that somebody extended the era from outside.
C: Correct Choice
D: present tense verb ‘requires’ is wrong for a bye-gone event
E: --Than does -- is wrong comparison; should compare middle Stone Age with another age and not what modern technology does.

daagh With utmost respect since you posted the question, can you provide your valuable feedback on this question.
According to me their are several errors with the answer and the question. Most of them have been discussed in this thread.
So please what's your call on the answer C?

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My views are already there in the OA. Criticism is welcome but there is no need that one should agree with others' views if he or she finds it untenable. One may very well take them in the stride and carry on with the practice.
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New post 23 Nov 2017, 06:05
Confused b/w Option C and E.
Confusion is in the usage of than before modern technology.

C. a complex process that required far more mental and abstract perception than modern technology
E a complex process that required far more mental and abstract perception than does modern technology

Consider a simpler e.g
Noun 1: Galvanization Noun2 : Precipitation.
Galvanization is more complex process than Precipitation. Two processes compared.

Galvanization requires more energy than does artificial precipitation.
Or
Galvanization requires more energy than artificial precipitation.

Experts Pl clarify.
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New post 30 Nov 2017, 22:07
NicoleJaneway is definitely right. We can say "extending" or "which extended," but definitely not "extended." That would only make sense if someone chose to lengthen that period, as in "The Broadway show, extended for another 3 months after its successful opening." No one extended the Middle Stone Age! Alas, this leaves us without a valid answer.
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New post 30 Nov 2017, 22:56
DmitryFarber wrote:
There is no valid answer to this question. First off, the Middle Ages weren't "extended" by anyone or anything. This alone would leave only D, but D is not a complete sentence. (There's no main verb for The Middle Ages.) Here's a well-known official Q that deals with extended/extending: http://gmatclub.com/forum/scientists-ha ... -9394.html

If we give that first issue a pass, we still have odd usages such as "the tribals, "the spears and arrows" (no article is needed here), and "mental and abstract perception."

The use of "they" in C is actually fine--it's not necessary to have only one possible antecedent if the meaning is clear--but this question as a whole does not model good English usage in any of the choices. Skip it.

It was helpful. Thank you !

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