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# EMpire of PErsia

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19 Oct 2008, 21:25
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C for me.

A. was not correct for plural sub.
B. derriving?
C. should be ok.
D. derrives?
E. derriving?
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19 Oct 2008, 21:42
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C for me.

A. was not correct for plural sub.
B. derriving?
C. should be ok.
D. derrives?
E. derriving?

How would u explain present tense 'derive' in C for the scripts derived 5th century BC
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19 Oct 2008, 22:23
IMO A
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20 Oct 2008, 00:12
A seems the best, although I am not sure of the usage of verb "was derived". It should be plural.
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20 Oct 2008, 06:49
confused between C and D.

C "seems" right though.

I have a question here ... is there a difference between "bringing with it the aramaic script" and "bringing the aramaic script with it" ?
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20 Oct 2008, 07:28
IMO A is the best one, but I am not sure whethre 'was' is reqruired there or not and also what is OA?
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20 Oct 2008, 07:32
OA is C

this comes from gmatprep and its very unclear how present tense in C is the right choice here
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OA is C

this comes from gmatprep and its very unclear how present tense in C is the right choice here

Present tense is used to describe "general truths". In the context of this sentence, while the aramic script itself was brought in the past (the persians brought it) the fact that both the northern and southern indian alphabets derive their existence from it remains true even to this day - hence DERIVES is fine as it becomes a "general truth".
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20 Oct 2008, 09:17
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spiridon wrote:
OA is C

this comes from gmatprep and its very unclear how present tense in C is the right choice here

Present tense is used to describe "general truths". In the context of this sentence, while the aramic script itself was brought in the past (the persians brought it) the fact that both the northern and southern indian alphabets derive their existence from it remains true even to this day - hence DERIVES is fine as it becomes a "general truth".

Ahh !! general truth .... thanks dwideys [+1] for reminding me the general truth about general truth
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dwivedys wrote:
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OA is C

this comes from gmatprep and its very unclear how present tense in C is the right choice here

Present tense is used to describe "general truths". In the context of this sentence, while the aramic script itself was brought in the past (the persians brought it) the fact that both the northern and southern indian alphabets derive their existence from it remains true even to this day - hence DERIVES is fine as it becomes a "general truth".

Well, that should be the reasoning. However I used POE to eliminate the wrong choices.
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20 Oct 2008, 14:17
First of all, I would like to clear that Indian Alphabets were not derived from Aramaic Script. The whole theory has many flaws and is debatable.

C is the best answer here although I am not convinced with the usage of infinitive form derive. Isn't present tense derives?

I think GMAT is trying to test singular vs plural usage and has thrown an inverted sentence as well. What do others feel about this?
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20 Oct 2008, 14:40
the alphebets derive from..... C makes sense
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20 Oct 2008, 15:42
GMAT TIGER wrote:
dwivedys wrote:
spiridon wrote:
OA is C

this comes from gmatprep and its very unclear how present tense in C is the right choice here

Present tense is used to describe "general truths". In the context of this sentence, while the aramic script itself was brought in the past (the persians brought it) the fact that both the northern and southern indian alphabets derive their existence from it remains true even to this day - hence DERIVES is fine as it becomes a "general truth".

Well, that should be the reasoning. However I used POE to eliminate the wrong choices.

rightly said POE works here !!
A B are out since we want with it arch script,from which
Among C D E ,we dont want E since deriving is incorrect since emire did not derive alphabets ,from which acts as middleman hence it explains whats the nature of scripts !!tense should not be an issue
here

Derives is clearly wronng in D
C is the sole option avaiable and is perfectly acceptable

Consider the following :

she liked the dog which she bought in the wallstreet

Better construction will be :
she liked the dog that she bought in the wallstreet

here tense matters since we are associating dog with one event or something which occurred some particular time ,it talks about only that dog and its peculiar aspect

DIFERENT EXAMPLE:
she liked the dog which becomes gray when exposed to sunlight
turns gray in color

here also talking about particular dog and that becomes preferrable but whats the point here is which .... becomes ... becomes talks about something which always occurs hence always present tense !!!!!!
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