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# Finnish archaeologist Arthur, eager to find a urban dwelling worthy

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Finnish archaeologist Arthur, eager to find a urban dwelling worthy of Bagdodis, explored in scorching Middle East desert and uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants.

A. older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

B. more ancient than the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

C. older than was the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

D. more ancient of a city than Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

E. older as was the city Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

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11 Jun 2018, 09:49
Can you please share the source?
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Why known should come instead of knew?

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Finnish archaeologist Arthur, eager to find a urban dwelling worthy of Bagdodis, explored in scorching Middle East desert and uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants.

I couldn't figure out a difference between older and more ancient. So I didn't reject any choice based on older or more ancient. But I also couldn't make out the difference between what are contrasting here. A civilization is contrasted to a city is what I'm not understanding. Uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries more ancient than the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants . In this why is the city known to mesopotamian Inhabitants contrasted with civilization? Please help. I know I'm missing something real basic here but then it it sort of confsing. bb, GMATNinja , daagh, mikemcgarry , abhimahna,
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17 Jun 2018, 10:44
whats the difference between B & C

more ancient than sounds awkward and not sure this is even something that GMAT would test.
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21 Jun 2018, 04:14
In B, Civilisation is compared with City...is it correct?

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28 Jun 2018, 23:21
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Finnish archaeologist Arthur, eager to find a urban dwelling worthy of Bagdodis, explored in scorching Middle East desert and uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants.

A. older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

B. more ancient than the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

C. older than was the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

D. more ancient of a city than Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

E. older as was the city Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

A -- Incorrect because of its awkward construction
B -- Correct because earlier error has been corrected. Also more ancient clearly conveys the meaning that this new finding futher go back in history.
C -- Incorrect because of awkward construction. Also subject is missing for verb was.
D -- Incorrect because it alerts the meaning. We are not looking for what Mesopotamian inhabitants knew at their time
E -- Incorrect because it alerts the meaning. We are not looking for what Mesopotamian inhabitants knew at their time
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Updated on: 09 Aug 2018, 17:20
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could you please why option C is wrong.

Is there a difference between older and ancient ?

Originally posted by ammuseeru on 09 Aug 2018, 08:19.
Last edited by adkikani on 09 Aug 2018, 17:20, edited 1 time in total.
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09 Aug 2018, 09:54
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ammuseeru

I usually avoid attempting unofficial questions since they are not
as reliable source as official ones.
I am sceptic about prepositional phrase in scorching Middle East desert
here. I think I do need a noun before this phrase. generis shall be an expert to comment on it.

However, here are my two cents.

Finnish archaeologist Arthur,

eager to find a urban dwelling worthy of Bagdodis, (in between coma modifier, )

explored in scorching Middle East desert
and uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries

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older than was the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

I hope you do realize on seeing than that we are comparing two nouns.

If you see (C) more carefully, I am comparing a noun i.e. civilization
with a verb : was and this is incorrect. fourteen centuries older and known are modifiers.

Now, let us take (B)

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more ancient than the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

So now what I am comparing: a noun: civilization
with a noun: the city article the refers to that particular city.
This is correct.
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01 Mar 2019, 01:57
‘of’ doesn’t make sense here. So A and D are out.

E doesn’t show the type of contrast that it needs to, so its out.

‘than was’ is unidiomatic. C is out.

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Finnish archaeologist Arthur, eager to find a urban dwelling worthy of Bagdodis, explored in scorching Middle East desert and uncovered a civilization fourteen centuries older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants.

A. older of a city than was the one known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

B. more ancient than the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

C. older than was the city known to Mesopotamian inhabitants

D. more ancient of a city than Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

E. older as was the city Mesopotamian inhabitants knew

Those who want to know the source of the given topic above can know it from the example given below.

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In his eagerness to find a city worthy of Priam, the German archaeologist Schliemann cut through Troy and uncovered a civilization a thousand years older as was the city Homer's heroes knew.

(A) older as was the city Homer's heroes knew

(B) more ancient than the city known to Homer's heroes

(C) older than was the city known to Homer's heroes

(D) more ancient of a city than Homer's heroes knew

(E) older of a city than was the one known to Homer's heroes

OA B

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