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For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years

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For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago, Homo habilis roamed the earth, lived in semi-permanent camps, gathered food and shared their economy.


A. For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago,

B. Beginning 2.5 million years ago for a period of almost five thousand years,

C. Beginning a period of almost five thousand years 2.5 million years ago,

D. During five thousand years, a period beginning 2.5 million years ago,

E. Over a period of five thousand years beginning 2.5 million years ago,

Originally posted by zoom612 on 01 Jul 2006, 03:58.
Last edited by Bunuel on 14 Jan 2019, 02:23, edited 2 times in total.
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New post 01 Jul 2006, 05:25
It`s either B or E.

I`ll take (E) for being clear and concise.

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Can somebody tell me whats wrong with B? I mean gramatically.
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[quote="zoom612"]For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago, Homo habilis roamed the earth, lived in semi-permanent camps, gathered food and shared their economy.

A. For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago,
B. Beginning 2.5 million years ago for a period of almost five thousand years,
C. Beginning a period of almost five thousand years 2.5 million years ago,
D. During five thousand years, a period beginning 2.5 million years ago,
E. Over a period of five thousand years beginning 2.5 million years ago,

In answer to ps_dahiya above:

B is wrong because the modifier before the comma MUST ALWAYS modify the noun it touches. If you consider B, the modifier is "Beginning 2.5 million years ago for a period of almost five thousand years", and the noun is "Homo habilis". Clearly, Homo habilis did not begin 2.5 million years ago, hence this option is incorrect.
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zoom612 wrote:
For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago, Homo habilis roamed the earth, lived in semi-permanent camps, gathered food and shared their economy.

A. For almost five thousand years after its beginning 2.5 million years ago,
B. Beginning 2.5 million years ago for a period of almost five thousand years,
C. Beginning a period of almost five thousand years 2.5 million years ago,
D. During five thousand years, a period beginning 2.5 million years ago,
E. Over a period of five thousand years beginning 2.5 million years ago,

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(A) it =? vague referent
(B)(C) Homo habilis began? (X)
(D) "the" needed before "five thousand years"
(E) OK
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Is the intended meaning not changing in E
B says 'for almost five thousand years' while E says 'over five thousand years'
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Is the intended meaning not changing in E
B says 'for almost five thousand years' while E says 'over five thousand years'


Definitely changes the meaning.... such change is not expected to be seen in a real GMAT question.
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New post 29 Apr 2016, 19:16
E is not saying "over 5000 years" (>5000).

It is saying: Over a period of five thousand years...means "during these 5000 years".

Hope my understanding is correct.
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sukanyar wrote:
E is not saying "over 5000 years" (>5000).

It is saying: Over a period of five thousand years...means "during these 5000 years".

Hope my understanding is correct.


Yes sukanyar, you are correct ..
Over a period of five thosand years MEANS during 5000 years
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Just to clarify, "changes the meaning" is not a valid reason to eliminate an answer choice. It is common for the answer choices to present different meanings. Our job is to select an answer choice that conveys a clear meaning without committing any grammar errors. We may have to compare several choices to divine the intended meaning, but A is not special or privileged in any way; the correct answer can have a different meaning from that conveyed in A. In fact, since the meaning in A will often be flawed in some way, a change in meaning is often necessary.

In any case, as folks above have clarified, "over a period of five thousand years" really means the same thing as "for five thousand years."

Having said all that . . . this problem is invalid. "Their" has no antecedent, as there is no plural noun in the sentence (Homo habilis is the name of a species, which is singular). Furthermore, "shared their economy" doesn't have a clear meaning in English. Sorry to rain on the parade . . .
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