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# For many revisionist historians, Christopher Columbus has

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For many revisionist historians, Christopher Columbus has come to
personify devastation and enslavement in the name of progress that
has decimated native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.

A. devastation and enslavement in the name of progress that
has decimated native peoples of the Western Hemisphere
B. devastation and enslavement in the name of progress by
which native peoples of the Western Hemisphere
decimated
C. devastating and enslaving in the name of progress those native
peoples of the Western Hemisphere which in the name of
progress are decimated.
D. devastating and enslaving those native peoples of the western
Hemisphere which in the name of progress are decimated.
E. the devastation and enslavement in the name of progress that
have decimated the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
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09 Dec 2005, 08:32
...come to personify+noun... is idiomatic.

(B) is too stilted. (A) has a S-V error.

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09 Dec 2005, 08:39
E) as well ! it shows that "that" not always modifies the noun it preceeds.
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09 Dec 2005, 08:42

A. wrong subject verb agreement devastation and enslavement together is plural. so have instead of has should have been used.

B. the use of which is awkward.

C and D uses wrong particple

so E is the only right choice.
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09 Dec 2005, 19:07

I thought i should be A.
It is the progress that decimated native peoples of the Western Hemisphere, so the use of "has" is justified.
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10 Dec 2005, 22:09
GMATT73 wrote:
IWT801 wrote:
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I thought i should be A.
It is the progress that decimated native peoples of the Western Hemisphere, so the use of "has" is justified.

No it's just my humble idea ....

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11 Dec 2005, 03:04
GMATT73 wrote:
...come to personify+noun... is idiomatic.

(B) is too stilted. (A) has a S-V error.

I narrowed down to B and E. Could you tell me whats wrong in my reasoning about B:

"has" and "have" are used when the action is still continuing. Here the decimation is over and not continuing.... so we should not use "has" or "have". B satisfies that.
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11 Dec 2005, 22:52
(B) suggests that the native peoples did the decimating. We need a present perfect passive structure here to clarify that the native peoples were victimized. Have in (E) works best because both decimation and enslavement taken together are plural.
11 Dec 2005, 22:52
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