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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also

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Is the first trenches underlined or NOT underlined?

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


I wen to E.

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not underline,sorry
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Is the first trenches underlined or NOT underlined?

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IMO A.
(D) was closer. (B) and (E) uses incomplete idiom "not only...but also..."
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New post 13 Sep 2008, 17:21
Very tough question....

IMO B.

"yields" is better than "have yielded" as the evidences still yields...... so A and E are out. Also i think a verb is missing in the beginning of D and E but i am not sure of this. Also in D it should be were arising and not arising.

In C having been cut is awkward.

B is the only one i could not find anything wrong.

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IMO A.. Its between A and E . I choose E because 'simultaneously with but also independently of ' in E looks awkward..actually this question is tough..

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I will go for C.

A&E are wrong because of "Have yielded". B&E" are also using 'but also' which is wrong.
D doesn't have helping verb after 'Middle east'


Although C has used ,having been' but still looks better than other choices

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


I choose E.
B,C,D are not correct due to S-V Agreement.
A is wordier than E.
However, I think there is problem with the question. The first COMMA is not appropriate in this case. It wrongly interrupts the sentence.

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


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Answer would be E.

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I will go for C.

A&E are wrong because of "Have yielded". B&E" are also using 'but also' which is wrong.
D doesn't have helping verb after 'Middle east'


Although C has used ,having been' but still looks better than other choices

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


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IMO A.
(D) was closer. (B) and (E) uses incomplete idiom "not only...but also..."

Actually in A ,if we closely look, evidence for complex societies is wrong ... they provide evidence that complex societies arose .....!!!

hence E is better but also can independently be used there is no restriction as such ...is there any rule

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The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


I choose E.
B,C,D are not correct due to S-V Agreement.
A is wordier than E.
However, I think there is problem with the question. The first COMMA is not appropriate in this case. It wrongly interrupts the sentence.


Can you explain how S-V Agreement is getting violated here? I understand those trenches are still giving the evidences. Isnt it?

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josh_nsit wrote:
lexis wrote:
lordw wrote:
The first trenches that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence for centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East that were arising simultaneously with but independently of the more celebrated city-states of southern Mesopotamia, in what is now southern Iraq.

B. that were cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but also
C. having been cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East were arising simultaneously with but
D. cut into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, yields strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arising simultaneously with but
E. cut into into a 500 acre site at Tell Hamoukar, have yielded strong evidence that centrally administered complex societies in northern regions of the Middle East arose simultaneously with but also


I choose E.
B,C,D are not correct due to S-V Agreement.
A is wordier than E.
However, I think there is problem with the question. The first COMMA is not appropriate in this case. It wrongly interrupts the sentence.


Can you explain how S-V Agreement is getting violated here? I understand those trenches are still giving the evidences. Isnt it?


trenches vs yields wrong should be yield.
B,C,D -- out

between A and E.

Finally chose E
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1st of all BUT should be underlined here. Assuming but is underlined, I would pick E.

I am still suspicious of this answer though it is close. AS far as I know , "Not only" should always be followed by
"But also" for proper idiomatic structure). However I dont know if But also can stand alone without not only.
If someone can throw lighton this it will be of great help to all viewers. Remember it is a very important idiom :)

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1st of all BUT should be underlined here. Assuming but is underlined, I would pick E.

I am still suspicious of this answer though it is close. AS far as I know , "Not only" should always be followed by
"But also" for proper idiomatic structure). However I dont know if But also can stand alone without not only.
If someone can throw lighton this it will be of great help to all viewers. Remember it is a very important idiom :)


Yes, but also cannot stand with out not only.

If not only is used, but also must be used and not vice versa.

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What is the OA?

E seems to be changing the original meaning by using simple past tense "arose" in place of "were arising". Hence, I will go for A.

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